Lancashire Heelers are friendly and lively dogs. They are a pleasant companion that are intelligent and playful. This dog breed is a people-pleaser and will perform well in training with the right owners or handlers. In short, it is easy to train. It can be an ideal dog breed for first-time owners as long as they are attentive enough to provide Lancashire Heelers with the proper socialisation and training.
Heelers have boundless energy and as such must be given a job to do to be kept busy, both mentally and physically. If they are left on their own for longer periods of time, they may find themselves in trouble to entertain and amuse themselves. One thing to consider when you think of getting a Lancashire Heeler is its tendency to nip when it is overly excited. However, the benefits always outweigh the negative as it is an excellent watchdog and will quickly alert its owners when strangers are present.
The Lancashire Heeler, being people-oriented, gets along well with children. However, more care should be taken with toddlers and small children since this dog breed can be a bit boisterous. Heelers are more relaxed and confident with older children who know how to behave around dogs. Regardless of the children's age, it is important that any interaction with the dog is supervised to keep playtime safe.
When it comes to other dogs, the Lancashire Heeler, when not properly socialised, can get stressed out when around other dogs. Also, care should be taken when Heelers are around smaller animals. Their hunting instincts might take over, and they will not hesitate to give chase when the opportunity presents itself.