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Lancashire Heeler

(Ormskirk Terrier)
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Lancashire Heeler

Form and Function

Small but mighty, the Lancashire Heeler a terrier-type working dog. He is sturdily built, his body slightly longer than it is tall, with a medium-to-high energy level. His short, weather-resistant coat can be either black-and-tan or liver-and-tan, and he carries his tail upward in a slight curve. Aside from driving cattle, the Lancashire Heeler is equally adept at hunting rabbit and rats.

Breed Traits

Energy Level

4 out of 5

Exercise Requirements

4 out of 5

Playfulness

4 out of 5

Affection Level

4 out of 5

Friendliness To Dogs

3 out of 5

Friendliness To Other Pets

3 out of 5

Friendliness To Strangers

2 out of 5

Watchfulness

2 out of 5

Ease of Training

4 out of 5

Grooming Requirements

1 out of 5

Heat Sensitivity

2 out of 5

Vocality

2 out of 5

Breed Attributes

Type

Terrier

Weight

9 to 17 pounds

Height

12 inches (male), 10 inches (female)

Family

Herding (UKC), Miscellaneous (AKC)

Area of Origin

N/A

Date of Origin

17th century

Other Names

Ormskirk Terrier

History

The exact origin of the Lancashire Heeler is shrouded in mystery, though we do know the breed’s been around since the 17th century. The Lancashire Heeler likely can be traced to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Manchester Terrier, and was used to help drive livestock to the Lancashire market in northern Wales. Aside from his duties as a cattle herder and ratter, the Lancashire Heeler also became well known as a family companion, gaining popularity in the United States, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Australia. The Lancashire Heeler was placed on The Kennel Club (UK) Endangered Breeds list due to a small gene pool and risk of inherited diseases, such as primary lens luxation. The breed has been recognized by the United Kennel Club as part of its Herding Dog Group since 2009. It also is a member of the American Kennel Club’s Miscellaneous Class. The Lancashire Heeler remains a rare breed today, with only about 5,000 specimens worldwide.

Temperament

Small but mighty, the Lancashire Heeler a terrier-type working dog. He is sturdily built, his body slightly longer than it is tall, with a medium-to-high energy level. His short, weather-resistant coat can be either black-and-tan or liver-and-tan, and he carries his tail upward in a slight curve. Aside from driving cattle, the Lancashire Heeler is equally adept at hunting rabbit and rats.

Upkeep

Small but mighty, the Lancashire Heeler a terrier-type working dog. He is sturdily built, his body slightly longer than it is tall, with a medium-to-high energy level. His short, weather-resistant coat can be either black-and-tan or liver-and-tan, and he carries his tail upward in a slight curve. Aside from driving cattle, the Lancashire Heeler is equally adept at hunting rabbit and rats.

Health

Major Concerns: Primary lens luxation

Minor Concerns: N/A

Occasionally Seen: N/A

Suggested Tests: Primary lens luxation, collie eye anomaly

Lifespan: 12 to 15 years

Disclaimer

Note: While the characteristics mentioned here may frequently represent this breed, dogs are individuals whose personalities and appearances will vary. Please consult the adoption organization for details on a specific pet.

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