Lakeland Terriers


Lakeland Terriers

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Breed Notes

The Lakeland Terrier was developed in the Lake District of northern England. He has also been known as the Patterdale Terrier, the Colored Working Terrier and the Fell Terrier. He is probably descended from an extinct black-and-tan terrier. He was bred to protect sheepfolds from predators and to hunt foxes with hounds for the purpose of extermination, not sport. He kills his quarry rather than locating it for the hunter. The breed was officially recognized in England in 1921 and in the United States in 1934.
The Lakeland Terrier is a friendly, self-confident dog. He enjoys barking frequently. He is a single-minded terrier, best suited for owners with patience.
The head of the Lakeland Terrier is rectangular in shape. The length of the skull equals the length of the muzzle. There is little perceptible drop off (stop) between the skull and muzzle. The skull is flat on top and moderately broad. The ears are v-shaped, set high atop the head and folded down along the cheek. The fold is above the top level of the skull. The cheeks are almost straight-sided. The nose is black or liver depending upon coat color. The jaws are powerful with a level or scissors bite. The eyes are moderately small, oval and set fairly wide apart. They are either dark brown or black in color. The neck is long and slightly arched. the withers are noticeably higher than the level of the back. The length of back equals the length of the dog so that he has a square appearance. From withers to croup, the topline is level. The legs are strongly boned and straight. The feet are small and round. The tail is set high on the body and docked so that the tip is level to the top of the skull. It is carried upright. The coat is double with a soft undercoat and a hard, wiry outer coat. There are plentiful furnishings on the muzzle and legs. Accepted coat colors include black, blue, liver, black and tan, blue and tan, red, red grizzle, grizzle and tan or wheaten. The average height is between thirteen and fifteen inches. Average weight is between fifteen and seventeen pounds.


Name withheld by request of Virginia writes:

Lakelands are great!
Lakelands are wonderful dogs. Ours was sturdy, pulling us up mountains on walks, and near death before we knew she was sick. The vet had her on IV for liver failure, and the staff wanted to know what was wrong with the perky dog. Ours often seemed to smile; she was single-minded when she scented something, was stubborn, but not impossible for basic training. She did well with an invisible fence. She was energetic until the end (died at age fifteen). They are small enough to make them easy to bathe, travel and camp with; little shedding. Only downside to this dog was our inability to limit her barking when people were at the door. If we get another dog, it will be a Lakeland.


Name withheld by request of Chicago, IL writes:

Gentle, healthy, playful.
This may be the smartest dog I've ever trained, gets along with everyone but seems to be devoted to one person. Mine is especially gentle, allowing vet procedures easily; lets me cut his toenails by just rolling over on command. This breed is not widely bred and therefore with few (although some) possibly inbred defects. This is the healthiest dog I have had, no allergy, no coat problems, does not shed, hypoallergenic.


patmohr@attbi.com of Oregon writes:

A challenging breed with lots of rewards.
My Lakeland is just one year old, and definitely a constant challenge but a real lover. As a puppy, I expect her to test the limits as she is very smart and learns easily. The breed definitely tests the limits more than a Miniature Schnauzer. The coat requires one to spend a lot of time stripping and brushing to keep it in good condition. They make wonderful pets but one needs the time and patience to work with them every day. You must stay calm as this breed will just "talk back" to you if you don't. Their energy level is high, entertaining themselves, wanting you to play, or guarding their property until they finally "crash" and you have time to yourself. I definitely enjoy our evening time when she is laying draped across me on the couch. She is a wonderful companion dog that loves my company, too.


jchalpin@snet.net of Connecticut writes:

A great all-around dog for the active individual or family.
The Lakeland Terrier is a great all-around dog, but certainly not for the person who is not active. We have had a male Lakeland Terrier for over seventeen years (yes, seventeen years!) and he is still is very active &shyp; "demanding" his three daily walks and playing with us and our house-rabbit (a Jersey Wooly). The only signs of aging is a loss of hearing and a little stiffness in the hips, but otherwise no problems throughout the seventeen years. He is an extremely active dog that must always be the center of attention. He is very affectionate, and always joyfully exuberant. He does show the stubborness of the breed and is very vocal; the breed does need patient training &shyp; think of a child who knows what he should do, but tries to get away with things he shouldn't do. Even at his age, he still shows a trait of Lakeland Terriers that wows people &shyp; that he can walk and stand still while just on back legs. If you have the patience for training and are active, I highly recommend this great all-around and quite handsome dog.


ChrissyR1@aol.com of U.S. writes:

Challenging, but worth it.
This is definitely a challenging breed, but if you want a challenge this is the breed for you. They are perennial puppies and do not begin to show signs of aging until they are about five. Training can be difficult and trying at times. But they are very loving and wonderful companions. I have had two Lakelands and I cannot imagine life without one.


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