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Lakeland Terrier

History

The Lakeland, or Lakie, comes from the Lake District, a region of north-west England. They were used here to kill on foxes that hunted on newborn lambs. Their exact origins remain unknown, though they are closely related to the Border Terrier, Bedlington Terrier and Fox Terrier. They are athletic dogs that were bred to chase vermin through the steep hills of their home region. They were first recognized by the Kennel Club in 1921, and soon after gained popularity in the dog show scene. They aren’t kept as pets all that often, but have won more awards in the show ring than any other breed.

Behaviour

Lakies are a bold, friendly and confident breed. They adore being around their family and get along well with children and even other dogs, if raised together. Hey make good guard dogs, as their natural curiosity means that they’ll bark wherever someone enters the property. They can be reserved with strangers, though early socialisation will help curb this. They rarely show aggression towards people, but can be a little more rough with other dogs. Again, early socialisation will help prevent any problems.

Lakies will need a chance to run about and explore, this keeps both their minds and bodies active and prevents boredom and restless behaviour. They are Terriers and will chase rabbits, squirrels and even that plastic bag blowing in the wind. They have a natural instinct to chase anything that moves, so be warned. They are best walked on a leash or in a secure area. They are independent dogs that may sometimes choose to ignore you. Training sessions should be kept short and fun in order to get the best results out of them. They can get aggressive over food, so this should be one of the first things you teach them not to do. They don’t like harsh words and may sometimes rebel and growl back at you. Firm, fair and positive training should work best.

Lakies have a fair amount of energy and will need a moderate amount of energy each day. They do love a good run, so a fenced area where they can do so will be ideal for them. Any holes in the fence or possible ways to escape will be found, so make sure that your secured area is truly secured. Afterall, their bodies have developed for squeezing down fox holes. Once they’ve had a chance to burn off any excess energy they’ll happily curl up next to you on the couch and slowly nod off.

Their coats will need brushing a couple times a week, and clipping a few times a year. They suffer few major health concerns, though lens luxation and other eye related conditions are more common.

Temperament

The Lakeland Terrier has a cocky and workman-like temperament. They enjoy running, chasing and hunting.

They get along with other dogs better than most terriers, yet they still hold the classic never-back-down attitude commonly seen in terriers, so make sure to keep an eye on them when they’re around other dogs.

This breed needs a confident owner who knows what they’re doing, otherwise they’ll take advantage and not do what they’re told.

Health Problems

Lakies may be prone to Legg-Calvé-Perthes, Allergies, Cataracts, Lens Luxation, Hypothyroidism, and Blood Clotting Disease.

Breed Details

  • Status: Common
  • Life Expectancy: 12 - 16 years
  • Weight: 15 - 18 lbs
  • Height: 13 - 14.5"
  • Rare: Yes
  • Coat: Medium
  • Grooming Requirements: More than once per week
  • Town or Country: Either
  • Minimum Home Size: Small House
  • Minimum Garden Size: Small to Medium Garden
  • Breed Type: Pest Control Dog
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy Level: High
  • Exercise Required: Up to 1 hour

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