Breed Information Centre

Lancashire Heeler


Illustration of Lancashire Heeler

It is thought that the breed is the result of a cross between the Welsh Corgi and the Manchester Terrier dating back to the time when cattle were herded from Wales to the markets in the Ormskirk area. Indeed, the breed has been very popular in that area long before Kennel Club recognition and was known as the Ormskirk Heeler or the Ormskirk terrier. The breed is a happy combination, inheriting the distinguishing thumbs marks on the front legs from the Manchester and the lowness to ground and heeling instinct from the corgi. Lively, intelligent and long lived the Lancashire Heeler has gained some well-deserved popularity as a family dog.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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