The Lancashire Heeler is a small herding breed. The breed is generally accepted to be a cross between a Welsh Corgi and a Black and Tan Terrier. The breed is listed as vulnerable by the UK Kennel Club. The original purpose of the breed was to herd livestock by nipping at their heels.
The Lancashire Heeler usually stands 10 to 12 inches high and weighs 6 to 13 pounds. The body of the breed is longer than it is tall. Its coat is smooth, harsh, and weather resistant. It is generally black and tan, but can occasionally be liver and tan.
The breed is extremely intelligent. It not only makes an excellent herding dog, but is a wonderful hunting dog as well. It is pleasant and friendly enough to also be simply a companion breed.
The Lancashire Heeler lives 12 to 15 years on average. It may suffer from some genetic problems such as primary lens luxation, collie eye anomaly, cataracts, and persistent papillary membrane.