The Lakeland Terrier has a curly, coarse outer coat and a soft, wooly and very dense undercoat. The coat can come in a number of colors from black to tan, grizzle to liver or other combinations. A saddle of a darker color is acceptable but not required. Although a smaller terrier they are very athletic and have a strong terrier instinct. The face is rather long and covered with bushy hair that gives a mischievous expression to the dog. The tail is traditionally docked and carried very high. The mature dogs appear to have a slight beard and their folded over ears are always held alert. They are have long straight and sturdy looking legs and often appear to be walking on the tips of their toes.
Temperament of a Lakeland Terrier
Although bred as a hunting dog the Lakeland does not have the strong prey instinct of many terriers and is a great companion dog to other non-canine pets and dogs. They do need socialization as puppies but will quickly learn to accept new people, pets and situations. They are very playful and love to please, making them relatively easy to train. The breed can be somewhat stubborn and independent, especially in the teen-aged years, but consistent training will avoid any problems. Sometimes the breed is a challenge to housetrain. They are great with children and love to romp and play and prefer to be with the family rather than alone. The Lakeland Terrier is naturally possessive of its food and toys, so needs to learn how to share from an early age. They are good watchdogs but are not excessive barkers. Lakeland Terriers, as most terriers, have natural digging behaviors when bored or alone.
Grooming & Shedding of a Lakeland Terrier
A light shedder, the Lakeland Terrier just requires a good weekly grooming with a pin or stiff bristle brush. The dead hairs will need to be stripped or plucked twice a year, and for show purposes the coat should be stripped more often. The hair between the pads of the feet and in the ears needs to be kept clipped or plucked to avoid infections.
History of the Lakeland Terrier
Bred in the Lake district of England it was developed by crossing a Bedlington Terrier and an Old English Wirehaired Terrier. Used as feisty hunter for prey “going to ground” the harsh outer coat was ideal for protecting the dog from brambles and injury. Used as both a land and water-hunting dog the Lakeland Terrier was traditionally used for hunting both fox and otter. Currently the terrier is used in obedience, agility and hunting trials but more commonly as a companion dog.
Health Issues with a Lakeland Terrier
Major Concerns: none
Minor Concerns: lens luxation, distichiasis
Occasionally seen: von Willebrand’s Disease, Legg-Perthes
Suggested tests: eye
Characteristics of the Lakeland Terrier
Not above 14½ inches (36.8 cm)
Males 17 pounds (7.7 kg) Females 15 pounds (6.8 kg)