Meet the Breed: The Lakeland Terrier

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Overview:

  • Height: Under 14.5"
  • Weight: 17-17 pounds
  • Historical function: Vermin controller, hunting, companion, watchdog
  • Modern function: Companion, watchdog
  • AKC classification: Terrier

Physical Characteristics:

The Lakeland Terrier is a small to medium-sized dog that is squarely built. It is similar in appearance to the Welsh Terrier but is smaller. His head is rectangular with V-shaped ears that flop over. The eyes are a bit small and oval, and can be brown, hazel or black. The body is narrow when viewed from the front, deep through the chest when viewed from the side. The coat is double with the outer layer being wiry and the undercoat being soft. They shed very minimally. Coat colors vary widely including solid colors of blue, black, liver, red and wheaten. Saddled coats are often available where the color over the back that extends partially over the appendages. The saddle may be blue, black, or liver. Puppies are often born black and change coloring as they grow. The tail is set high and generally docked where legal.

History of the Breed:

The Lakeland Terrier was developed by crossing several terrier breeds including the Bedlington Terrierwith the Old English Wirehaired Terrier in the Lake District of England. The Lakeland's original job was "going to ground" on the farm in hunt for vermin as well as hunting foxes in their dens that would prey upon lambs. Its size, energy and eager attitude make it popular as a hunter, especially in tight spaces. The breed was further developed to produce consistent traits by adding the Fox and Airedale Terriers around 1925.

Temperament:

The Lakeland Terrier is a lively, intelligent, eager companion. They have a love for children and playing. They are confident and cheerful and need a handler that will make training fun and be consistent, as they will often push boundaries or have selective hearing. Other than being someone difficult to housebreak, the Lakeland Terrier is usually a quick learner. Be sure to socialize early with non-canine pets to counteract the hunting instinct. Can get along with cats when introduced at a young age.

  • Best suited for: Most living situations including apartments when sufficiently exercised. Great for allergy sufferers. Travels well.
  • Preferred living conditions: This lively companion will be content most anywhere provided they have your consistent, cheerful guidance. Excellent in agility competitions.

Care and Health:

  • Grooming requirements: This coat needs to be stripped two to three times yearly but barely sheds.
  • Exercise needs: Daily walk, or jog. Lakelands have a lot of stamina.
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
  • Health concerns: A healthy breed.

Breed Club Links: United States Lakeland Terrier Club

BaxterBoo.com Perfect Pairings: Tennis Tails Fox Toy

Have any stories about a Lakeland Terrier? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Rusty Clark.

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