The Lancashire Heeler is an easy breed as far as grooming is concerned, the coat naturally goes through a moulting period once or twice a year, usually in the spring or autumn. The Lancashire Heeler coat does not need any trimming or any special grooming regime to keep it looking sleek and shining, like black silk, just a daily brushing is all that is required and a bath as and when required. You will find that after this a nice rub down with an old towel and a brushing when the coat is dried is all that is required, one thing to mention is that because the Lancashire Heeler is a double coated breed having an undercoat and a top coat the drying process can take a few hours, but I would always advocate allowing the coat to dry naturally as none of the important oils in the coat are lost as would be the case if dried with a drying device.
The Lancashire Heeler has good strong firm feet, the claws should be kept short to avoid any discomfort, and the "Dew Claws" should not be forgotten at claw clipping time, with a little practice this is a procedure that you can carry out simply and easily, without having to pay a dog beautician or veterinarian, again this should be made a pleasurable experience when the dog is still a puppy, always make sure that the nail clippers you use have a good sharp blade so that the claws are cleanly cut, but please take care not to cut the nails to the quick as this can and does cause profuse bleeding, though the Lancashire Heeler generally has black claws with practice you will be able to see just how far to cut down the claw, I always think it is better if you are unsure as to where the quick begins, to leave the nails a little longer but to cut them more often to avoid injuring the dog.
Teeth one part of any dog that is often overlooked, these can quite easily be kept clean, again start at a very young age using a specifically made dog toothpaste and either a dog or children's toothbrush, praise and rewards make the experience more enjoyable for the puppy and leads to an easier teeth cleaning time as he/she gets older. Your Lancashire Heeler will thank you for this in later life when he/she has a good strong clean set of teeth, another way to help keep the gums and teeth healthy is to give your dog a nice "hide" bone these can be purchased from most pet shops and supermarkets, another good toy to have around is of the hard rubber variety as your Lancashire Heeler can chew and chew and chew and no damage is inflicted on the toy. I must at this point say that it is not a good idea to give butchers bones either cooked or raw as these can easily splinter and cause damage to the mouth and if swallowed can lead to expensive veterinary bills and in extreme cases the death of your beloved friend.
Worm your Lancashire Heeler regularly, your veterinary surgeon will advise on the best product to use and he will also advise on how often this treatment should be given, always use a prescribed product, I would not advise a product bought off the shelf in a shop, your veterinarian has years of experience and the top products and he/she knows your dog.
Fleas as with all dogs, these can become a problem if not treated, I must at this point recommend "Tea Tree Oil" shampoo as this acts as a natural barrier for some unknown reason the fleas do not seem to like this product, it is excellent for your dogs coat and keeps it in tip top condition. As far as Flea preparations go I again would always advise taking your veterinarians advice as to the most suitable product for your dog. rather than buying one that looks good on the shelf of the pet store.