Are Lancashire Heelers good with children?
The Lancashire Heeler's 'loyalty to family' trait say's that the answer to this question is certainly yes but, as with all breeds there are caveats and ways to make sure you get the most suitable pet for your family..
1. Obtain your Lancashire Heeler from a reputable breeder who breeds with temperament as a consideration or from a Breed Rescue that evaluates dogs for re-homing responsibly.
2. Ensure that your puppy is well socialised and given adequate training. Obedience / ring craft classes offer an ideal way for your Lancashire Heeler to socialise with people and dogs and for your puppy to learn how to behave and interact.
3. Ensure that your children are well trained and learn to treat your pet with respect! Any animal will react sharply if they feel threatened and supervision is a must for any animal when interacting with young children who can tend to be unpredictable.
4. Remember that the Lancashire Heeler is a herding dog. If he feels uncomfortable with unruly children he will simply try and show them the door. He has been bred for herding cattle and will simply see children smaller cows on two legs to be rounded up and moved on! It is important to train this out of the Heeler at the puppy stage.
In summary the Lancashire Heeler is certainly suitable for homes with children. Spend time training the dog and family alike and your children will have a loyal and fun loving companion for many years.