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Lakeland Terriers are small sized terriers
known to be bright, cheerful, courageous and
confident. They come from Cumberland County
in England and were used by farmers to protect
sheep from foxes which they were trained to
kill. Lakeland Terriers were also trained
to hunt and kill badgers, otters, rabbits
and other small animals including vermin.
This feisty breed has incredible stamina and
can easily hunt for long periods on mountainous,
rocky and rough terrain. Its dense, double
coat protects the breed from harsh underbrush.
Lakeland Terriers are similar to Welsh Terriers
and both are related to the Old English Black
& Tan Terrier (which is no longer in existence).
It is believed these breeds contributed to
the development of the Lakeland Terrier: Bedlington
Terrier, Old English Wirehaired Terrier, Border
Collie, early Dandie Dinmonts and the Wire
The Lakeland Terrier breed was also known
as Patterdale Terrier, Fell Terrier and Eltewater
Terrier, however, it was officially changed
to its current name in 1921. Lakeland Terriers
were recognized by the AKC in 1934.
The height of a Lakeland Terrier is 14½
inches from withers a mature dog is considered
ideal according to the AKC standard. A half
an inch taller or shorter is OK.
Weight: Lakeland Terriers weigh approximately
17 pounds (7.7 kg)
Coat Type: The Lakeland Terrier has
a dense, weather resistant double coat. The
outer coat is wiry and rough and the under
coat is soft. Brushing every few days with
a hard brush will keep the coat in good condition.
Plucking or stripping should be done at least
two or three times a year. The Lakeland Terrier
is a minimal shedder.
The Lakeland Terrier's coat comes in
a variety of colors including wheaten, red,
blue, black, liver, blue & tan and black
& tan. The tips of the hairs can be black.
Also, this breed can also have darker hair
somewhat resembling a saddle over its back
and down his sides and over the neck and tail.
Lakeland Terriers are bold, fearless, friendly
and confident. They making a loving companion,
they're cheerful and great with children.
They get along very well with other pets as
long as they have socialized early which is
considered extremely important, otherwise
they may show dog aggression. Lakeland Terriers
do very well with training as they are naturally
intelligent and quick learners (although house
training can be difficult). These dogs must
never be allowed to 'rule the household' -
they must always view their owner as their
leader. Lakeland Terriers are alert, courageous
and protective making them an excellent watch
dog. This breed should not be left alone for
long periods as they will become bored and
may bark incessantly or dig. Lakeland Terriers
need daily exercise, although they can find
enough by just running or playing around the
home or apartment. However, Lakeland Terriers
truly love to be outside - that is of course
right along with their owner or family playing
or going for long walks.
Health Problems: Lakeland Terriers
are very healthy and do not have any serious
hereditary conditions. The average life expectancy
is between 10-12 years, although some Lakeland
Terriers can live several years longer.
• Lakeland Terriers are usually
born with a dark coat which then lightens
as he matures.
• The Lakeland Terrier was
also known as the Patterdale Terrier, Fell
Terrier and Eltewater Terrier.
• The name was officially changed
to Lakeland Terrier in 1921.
• The Lakeland Terrier breed
was recognized by the American Kennel Club
AKC: Terrier Group
ANKC: Group 2 - Terriers
CKC: Group 4 - Terrier
FCI: Group 3 - Terriers Section 1