Lakeland Terrier Overview
The Lakeland Terrier is a hardworking breed created from several different terriers. They hail from the lake districts of North England and mixed with the various broken coated terriers that were on the farms and fields. The Lakeland assisted with various tasks such as driving a fox out of its den after the hounds drove it in. His duties today include hunting vermin and being a loyal companion.
Lakeland Terrier Characteristics
Smaller than some other terrier breeds, the Lakeland sports a variety of solid and broken coat colors. He features the same folded triangular ears and curly hair as other terrier cousins, and a longish beard. The Lakeland is both a sturdy and loving dog, willing to do any task needed of him.
Lakeland Terrier Temperament
His eagerness to work and level-headed nature makes him a great companion and working dog. While he excels most at hunting vermin or other small prey, he does also make a great watch dog. However, he can also be barky and territorial if not properly socialized. Due to his natural instinct to hunt, he should be watched around small animals.
Lakeland Terrier Care
The Lakeland lives on average 12 to 15 years, typical for dogs of his size. Some breed health concerns include eye diseases and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. This disease affects the joints in the legs and hips due to interruption in the blood supply to the leg. Preventive Veterinary care is key to a long and happy life for the Lakeland.
Lakeland Terrier Coat
The Lakeland sheds little but will need grooming to keep from looking shaggy. Hand-plucking seasonally is required to remove dead hairs from the coat due to his low-shed status. Show Lakelands are usually trimmed down along the body to accentuate the beard and hair on legs, while companions may keep the curly coated look over their entire body.
Lakeland Terrier Training
As a terrier, the Lakeland can be stubborn during training if he is not kept interested. He can bore easily and will often go on his own training adventure with or without the consent of his owners. Keeping him occupied and engaged in the training activity is needed to get him to pay attention long enough to learn.
Lakeland Terrier Activity
Lakelands don’t need a lot of exercise, but a daily walk or play session is needed to get out any extra energy he may have built up during the day. The Lakeland will be happy in any activity set to him including hunting, play or just a fun outing with his owners.