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Lakeland Terrier

Group: Terriers (Group 2)
Club: Sporting Terrier Club of Victoria Inc (Group 2)
Contact: Kerry Hellsten
Phone: 0432 764 470

About the Lakeland Terrier


Background The Lakeland Terriers were originally bred in the harsh but beautiful countryside of the English Lake District to hunt the fox. Hunting in the Lake District was, and still is not the fashionable and well dressed pastime as in the south of England. The purpose of the hunt was to destroy the fox which would prey on sheep and lambs thereby affecting the livelihood of those dependent upon farming. The Lakeland had to be able to follow the fox over rugged peaks and steep sided cliffs in all weather and when the fox went to earth the Lakeland had to follow and either bolt the fox or kill it underground. This battle often took place with the dog lying on its side in the earth, trading blow for blow with the fox. His work dictated his shape and size. He had to be small, but agile enough to crawl long distances, legs not too short so as to enable the dog to jump. He was also required to walk or jog with the hunt from the kennels to the scene of operations, and then work. Necessity also dictated the shape of the head, as where a Lakeland can get its head the body will follow.

Average Lifespan Lakelands can live up to and beyond the age of 15 years.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Lakeland is a small terrier with an impish and assertive disposition. He is a "people" dog and thrives on plenty of human contact. As the Lakeland Terrier does not moult, they would make an excellent companion for those with respiratory problems.  With their loud bark and fearless temperament they are a great deterrent to intruders. Remember, a Lakeland is not a lap dog but a supremely athletic and loveable rascal who responds well to training and discipline. 

Compatibility With Other Pets As a companion dog the Lakeland Terrier should be familiarised with other household pets at an early age. It will then live happily and reliably with them. Early socialisation with people and other dogs, and basic obedience is also recommended. The Lakeland is not a pack dog but will run happily with a dog of the opposite sex. For prospective owners considering a pair of Lakelands, a Dog and Bitch would be the preferred option.

Care Requirements Trimming the coat is a fact of life for almost all of the Terrier breeds, the Lakeland Terrier being no exception. Careful grooming can make a world of difference to the dog’s appearance. To keep a typical harsh, all-weather coat that is part of a Lakeland’s overall look, the coat should be stripped out by hand with the help of a stripping knife, or as is more usual today the dog may be clipped. Clipping does however soften the coat and lighten the colour. Grooming the dog should be carried out regularly at least on alternate days. The hair should be brushed and combed in the direction in which it grows, always following the same procedure so that the dog knows what to expect. If a young puppy is groomed gently and regularly it will soon get used to the idea and not rebel when it becomes time for its first coat to be removed at about three months of age. Subsequently, the coat should be removed at least twice a year.  Drop ears can be prone to ear mite and need to be kept clean and dry.  A Lakeland Terrier enjoys a daily walk and can become bored if cooped up in a garden without company for long periods. You will also require a dog proof backyard or a good run to safely enclose your pet during your absence as Lakeland’s are past masters at getting out through the smallest of escape routes.

Ideal Owner/s The Lakeland Terrier is an ideal companion and family dog, suited to both town and country living. They make exceptional house pets and have special affection for children however they do need training and discipline as a young puppy to maximise their potential. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. 

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Lakeland Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

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