Though an FSS breed now (the AKC’s Foundation Stock Service, a “prelude” to AKC recognition), the Lancashire Heeler will most likely be the smallest dog in the Herding Group when full acceptance is granted. In truth, the all-around breed could fit in a few other groups, as well, since its traditional role has been as ratter, gun dog, retriever, and yes, herder. There are only about 5,000 of these natives of England’s coastal Lancashire worldwide, and hopefully these numbers will increase as their versatility and friendly nature become better known. That may take a while, however, since the Kennel Club labeled the breed “vulnerable” in 2003.
Lancashire Heeler in Colored Pencil by Aron Gadd