Lakeland Terrier Dog Breed
- General Appearance:
- Lakeland Terriers have a compact body with a thick and wiry outer coat and soft undercoat. They have an upright tail with distinctive head featuring a flat skull.The Lakeland Terrier has a thick double coat making grooming a chore. The outer coat should be hard and wiry in texture, while the undercoat should be soft and lie close to the body of the dog. A relatively small, well-balanced and compact terrier, Lakelands are sturdy and workmanlike dogs. The narrow body and strong hocks makes this dog very athletic for controlling vermin, allowing the breed to access any hidden, rocky foxes’ dens.
- Other Names:Lakeland, Lakie
- Country Of Origin:England
- Dog Group Kennel Club:Terrier
- Lakeland Terriers are available in black and tan, blue and tan, black, red grizzle, blue, liver, red and wheaten
- Lakelands are intelligent dogs with a friendly and confident attitude. They have a bold disposition and an independent mind, especially when chasing potential prey. That said they are also quick to learn making them easy to train. , spunky, and jolly, this breed does exceptionally well with children. Very feisty and vivacious, this breed requires firm training. They love to dig and have the tendency to guard items that he considers "his." The Lakeland Terrier is somewhat of a barker. They have adapted well to their role as the family pet. They will walk miles with you if you want in whatever weather but they will also curl up by the fire and be content just to be with you. They do benefit from mental stimulation to prevent them inventing their own games, which could be destructive to the house! Activity toys such as a Kong stuffed with food will keep them occupied, also a good toy to leave them with when they are left.
- They have good drive with a straight stride.
- Care and training:
- The Lakeland Terrier sheds little to no hair, but does require frequent grooming. A professional should perform hand plucking the hair approximately three times per year. Hair inside the ears should also be plucked. The beard of this breed should be regularly cleaned. During the transformation from puppy coat to adult coat, regular grooming is important.
This energetic dog responds best with a variety of training methods and can be difficult to housebreak. He requires obedience training to be well mannered, and should have firm training.Lakelands are very intelligent dogs and have an attitude of ‘done that what’s next’ even if they are not ready to proceed. Like all terriers they can choose to be deaf so they are not always suitable for letting off the lead. It is essential to have them on a collar and lead when walking along roads in busy areas or where there is livestock. Lakelands respond well to the Clicker form of training, i.e motivational training using positive reinforcement. Using force with a Lakeland equals a stubborn, defiant dog. Training has to be fun for both the dog and owner.
- Overall Exercise:
- 40 - 60 minutes per day.
These are big dogs in small bodies. They will take as much or as little exercise as you can given them. Mental stimulation is also very important for these dogs.
- Feeding Requirements:
- The average feeding cost per week is around £4.00. This breed does not need a high protein content diet.
- Personal Protection:High
- Suitability As Guard Dog:High
- Level of Aggression:Low
- Compatibility With Other Animals:Medium
- Suitability for Children:Medium
- Often Docked?No
- Average Litter Size:3-5
- Life Expectancy (yrs):12-16
- Health issues:
- Legg-Perthes disease (degenerative disease of the hip bones), cataracts and lens luxation.
- Lakeland Terriers are related to the Border, Bedlington, Welsh and Dandie Dinmont Terrier. They are an Airedale Terrier in miniature form. They were developed over a long period of time to be a digging and hunting dog, thus creating some of the unattractive habits of today. They were especially bred for their gameness. The Lakeland Terrier was used to hunt vermin in the rugged shale mountains of the Lake District of Cumberland in northern England, as well as to protect farmer's sheepfolds from foxes and bigger animals. Farmers would organize hunts with both hounds and terriers to rat out foxes raiding their sheep pens. The Lakeland was said to spring to a threat much larger than itself. Today, however, the breed has become much more friendly than its ancestors. The breed was called the Patterdale Terrier or Fell Terrier for a time, and came in a variety of colors. White terries were used specifically for otter hunts, because white terriers were often mistaken to be otters by other hounds, and therefore attacked by the other hound.