Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Dog Breed Group: Pastoral (Hunting Dog)
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 5-7.5, Female: 4-7
Height: Male: 11-12, Female: 9-11
Origin of Name: The Lancashire Heeler is a small breed of dog developed for use as a drover and herder of cattle.
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The Lancashire Healer has a history dating back to the 17th century, but the exact origin of the breed is unknown. However, it is commonly accepted that a type of Welsh Corgi was used to drive stock in the Lancashire market in North Wales. There is a small black and tan dog known as the butcher's dog, which was common in the Ormskirk area of West Lancashire. Possible ancestors of this dog include Korgi and the Manchester Terrier.
These useful farm dogs were bred for generations within this particular district, developing their own characteristics. Once bonded as cattle herders and a rapper, these friendly little dogs gained popularity as a wonderful family dog.
This breed was introduced in the U.K. in 1981. Was recognized by the Kennel Club in 2003 and was considered a weak native breed in 2003.
Today, there is a growing interest in this great Companion Dog who happily participates in events of obedience, agility, rally and herring. The Lancashire Healer has gained popularity in the US, Sweden, the Netherlands and Australia.