Lakeland Terrier is named for its place of origin which is the Lake District in England. The Lakeland Terrier is the smallest of the long-legged, black and tan terriers and looks much like the Welsh Terrier, a slightly larger breed of terrier.
Those with allergies may take home a Lakeland Terrier with no problems as most of the breed is hypo-allergenic (non-shedding). Although the breed is not widely known in the United States, the Lakeland Terrier has still made its way across the ocean. From Black and Tan to Red Grizzle and Wheaten, the Lakeland Terrier is a very diversely colored breed.
Lakeland Terriers make for great pets and do well with families and children. With lots of energy, the Lakeland Terrier shows a lot of love and affection and is very loyal to its owners. Even getting along with other pets, the Lakeland Terrier is a great breed for families.
Originally the Lakeland Terrier was a hunter on farms, looking for different vermin. Because of its size and its high energy, the Lakeland Terrier breed became perfect for hunting with its owners.
In England, hunters have used different dogs for hunting different game for centuries. The Lakeland Terrier was mostly used for hunting fox in the Lake District of the United Kingdom. The terrain was mountainous and rocky, and therefore, not suitable for hunting with a horse. Hunters needed to hunt on foot, which is why many attribute the swiftness of a Lakeland Terrier to it learning to run across rough areas.
The United Kingdom Kennel Club says that the Lakeland Terrier were recognized in 1921, and the Lakeland Terrier Club was founded in 1932, which is when the breed started to be promoted nationally.
The Lakeland Terrier is considered a small to medium-sized dog. The average height of a Lakeland Terrier is 13 to 15 inches. The weight average for a Lakeland Terrier is 15 to 17 pounds.
The Lakeland Terrier is a compact and quick moving dog. Friendly, bold and confident, the Lakeland Terrier does not often show characteristics of aggressiveness or, on the other side, shyness. Lakeland Terriers are very intelligent animals, and they are independent thinkers. They are also easy to train as they learn quickly.
Lakeland Terriers are very family-friendly and do great around children. They will be reserved around strangers until they learn that the stranger may actually be a friend. Lakeland Terriers are not known for starting fights with other animals, but they are a strong breed that will defend themselves if necessary. Being alert and confident, the Lakeland Terrier makes for a great watchdog.
There are no known genetic disorders for a Lakeland Terrier. All around, it is a very healthy breed. But, as with most dogs, owners need to ensure proper care with recommended visits to the veterinarian. Taking your Lakeland Terrier for regular visits and checkups will ensure that your healthy breed will stay that way. Owners may do small checkups of their own by making sure your pet has not cuts or abrasions or other problems. Simply check the coat, around the face, ears and paws.
As a mostly non-shedding breed, the Lakeland Terrier does not need a large amount of grooming; however, proper grooming will ensure the coat continues to not shed. Other grooming needs include nail care and dental hygiene. The first should be taken care of one or twice a month while the second should be at least two to three times a week—if not every day.
For training purposes, crate training is very effective for this breed, and they are easy to train in general due to their high level of intelligence. Due to the high energy levels, Lakeland Terriers need daily exercise and time to play. If a Lakeland Terrier is not properly stimulated, they have been know to find other ways to let go of excess energy, which may be more destructive than an owner might want.
Like most dogs, Lakeland Terriers have early socializing needs and should be exposed to different people, sites, sounds and adventures. Having more socialization than not makes for a well-rounded Lakeland Terrier. Busy parks and daily walks in different areas of your neighborhood would be beneficial. Even puppy classes would be a great idea.
Here is a link to the U.S. Lakeland Terrier Club. Please check your local area for other rescues near you or to learn more about this breed.