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Lancashire Heeler

The Lancashire Heeler is a small, stocky, sturdily built dog, slightly rectangular in outline being a little longer than they are tall. Ears are comparatively large and stand erect giving the Lancashire Heeler an alert and attractive expression of pluck and willingness. The coat is short and thick. The Lancashire Heeler is loyal and playful dog, always happy to be part of the family.

12 – 15 years
3 – 6kg
30cm for males and 25cm for females
Black and tan or liver and tan
Kennel Club Group
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Lancashire Heeler can suffer from:
- Patellar luxation
- Primary lens luxation which is a condition where the lens moves from it's normal position in the eye which will result in vision loss and can cause pain.
- Collie eye anomaly which is an inherited condition where the eye does not develop properly and can potentially lead to blindness.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Eye screening scheme
- DNA testing for primary lens luxation which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition.

Did you know?

Although popular as a cattle-driving dog, the Lancashire Heeler was also favoured by poachers for their agile skills and excellence in rabbiting. Said to be “small enough to fit into a poacher’s pocket”, it must be remembered that a poacher’s pocket is a large pocket hidden in the back of a jacket taking up almost the full width… so they aren’t as tiny as that may suggest! 

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