The Lakeland Terrier is a playful member of the Terrier Group, always looking for entertainment and action. These dogs are busy-bodies, never stopping to investigate their surroundings or finding a good hunt. They are an affectionate breed, loving, and devoted to the family.
Lakeland Terriers also make excellent watchdogs, as most terriers do. It is their nature to be weary of strangers, especially of approaching individuals on their territory. These dogs are also very reserved around other dogs and pets, which might make it difficult for the other animals to coexist in the same household.
A Brief History Of The Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier shares ancestry that includes the Fox Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, and the Border Terrier. The original area of origin is England. The breed has been around since the 1700s, with the first Lakeland Terriers used to hunt and kill fox for farmers.
In time, fox hunting became more popular as a sporting event and these terriers were the fashionable choice as competitors. It was the terriers from the Lakeland area that proved to be the most aggressive in the events and of course the most successful. At the time they were referred by different names: Elterwater Terriers, Patterdale Terriers, and Fell Terriers.
In 1921, they were officially named the Lakeland Terrier. The AKC recognized the breed in 1934. Since that time the breed has proven itself to be a prize-winning show dog and a handsome specimen, but not quite as popular as other terriers in the common household.
Upkeep Requirements For The Lakeland Terrier
This is a highly-active breed that needs lots of daily exercise. Lakeland Terriers seem to be on a never-ending adventure, which makes them easily distracted. Training this dog may take some work, but always worth it in the end to the owner that has patience with dog training.
All the Lakeland needs in order to stay happy is to have access to a safe, fenced-in yard during the day. They have tolerance for moderately hot or cool temperatures, but should not live completely outside. Sleeping indoors after a long day of exploring is ideal. Grooming requirements for the breed calls for a good combing about three times weekly. Its coat is wiry so a professional scissoring or stripping is recommended about every three months.
The average lifespan of the Lakeland Terrier is between twelve and sixteen years. There are no major health concerns that run common in the breed. Minor health issues include distichiasis and lens luxation. Rarely seen is vWD and Legg-Perthes. Veterinarians suggest that Lakeland Terriers get specifically tested for eye problems.