All About Lakeland Terrier

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All About Lakeland Terrier



Description of a Lakeland Terrier

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

Height Not above 14½ inches (36.8 cm)
Weight Males 17 pounds (7.7 kg)
Females 15 pounds (6.8 kg)
Lifespan 10-14 years
Exercise Medium
Apartment Yes – with regular exercise
Families Yes
Young Children Yes
Need exercise space No – if walked regularly

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