All about Lakeland Terriers

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  • A specialist terrier developed to work the valleys and steep, rocky fells of the Lake District, the Lakeland is a breed with stamina, ability and tenacity. They were bred to assist farmers, working packs to protect the flocks of sheep from foxes.

    The now extinct black and tan plays a large part in the heritage of the Lakeland, as well as the Welsh Terrier, Border Terrier and Fox Terriers also providing some bloodlines.

    This is a smart, workmanlike terrier with a fearless attitude and alert expression.

    Three Lakeland Terriers, two wheaten and one black

    Lakeland Terriers come in a variety of colours. Credit Pete Smith/Country Life Picture Library

    Lakeland terrier: fact file

    Kennel Club breed group: terrier

    Size: small

    Daily exercise: an hour a day

    Coat: short, dense and harsh; non-shedding.

    Colours: black, black and tan, blue, blue and tan, liver, red, red grizzle and wheaten. Dark or hazel eyes, moderately small.

    Lifespan: more than 12 years.

    Bark: like most terriers, Lakelands do like the sound of their own voice. This means that despite their diminutive size, they can make a useful watchdog alerting you to strangers.

    Distinctive features: a big dog in a small package. They have a swagger, with comparatively long legs for their size and a mischievous twinkle.

    H&H pictures editor Bex Pattenden, owner of Lakeland Terrier “Sassy”, says: “They may be small in stature but they’re massive in personality and character. Buckle up for a fun ride!”

    Temperament: bold, friendly and self-confident. Always alert and ready to go.

    Things to consider: they make the ideal family pet, but don’t always relish sharing their home with another dog, particularly of the same gender and breed. Small pets such as hamsters are likely to have a precarious existence with a Lakeland in the home.

    They need consistent training from an early stage so that you can instil the behaviours you want in the adult dog.

    Their coats don’t shed but require regular grooming and trimming. Show dogs will be hand trimmed, while pet dogs just need regularly combing with an appropriate grooming brush.

    You’ll need good fencing to keep him contained as their strong working instincts can take over. And they can also dig, so you’ll want to brush up on how to stop your dog digging in the garden.

    The good news is that they don’t need a massive dog bed, saving you a little bit on costs. A bed designed for small dogs is ideal.

    Training: although physically they don’t need hours of exercise as this is not a hyperactive breed, mentally they need plenty of stimulation so make sure they get plenty of both! The best puzzle toys for dogs are great to keep them entertained, companionship and frequent opportunities to get out and about. They love to race around and play with a ball, and can walk all day long.

    Lakeland Terrier Owners’ Manual | Amazon
    Learn about this breed that that dates back to the 1700s and find out whether this bold and confident dog will be the best choice for you and your family.

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