The exact origin of the Lancashire Heeler is unknown, but the breed most likely resulted from a cross between the cattle herding Pembroke Welsh Corgi from Wales and the Manchester Terrier from northwest England.
The Lancashire Heeler has existed in Lancaster County, England since the 17th century as a general purpose farm dog, capable of both ratting and herding cattle.
The breed standard was established by the Lancashire Heeler Club in 1978 and recognized by the U.K. Kennel Club in 1981.
Weight: Male: 13–18 lbs (5.9–8.2 kg) Female: 13–18 lbs (5.9–8.2 kg)
Height: Male: 10–12 inches (25–31 cm) Female: 10–12 inches (25–31 cm)
Coat: Short, hard and flat. Dense and waterproof.
Color: Black & Tan, Liver & Tan.
Life span: 12-15 years
Temperament: Loyal, Keen, Active, Companionable, Loving, Trainable.
Health: Some may be susceptible to Collie eye anomaly, Primary lens luxation, Persistent pupillary membranes and Patella luxation.
• Also known as the Ormskirk Terrier.
• Listed by the U.K. Kennel Club as a vulnerable breed (300 or less).
KC (UK): Pastoral
FCI: Group 1 Herding dogs, Section 1 Sheepdogs #360 (provisional)