Do Lancashire Heelers make good hunting dogs?
The Lancashire Heeler is a herding dog, hence it is a member of the Pastoral group. Heelers are very intelligent dogs, as necessary to do the bidding of a herdsman! Lancashire Heelers are, however, also well known for their terrier like hunting instincts and make excellent mousers and rat catchers. Historically they have also been known as 'poacher's dogs' as, it is said, they could be carried in their deep pockets and are very adept at catching rabbits. A number of Heelers have taken part in blood tracking sports and various hunting activities. Their success in these activities is therefore driven by the terrier instinct and their intelligence rather than their dominant purpose and inclination which will always be that of a Heeler wanting to herd.