Lakeland Terrier Information

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The Lakeland Terrier is similar to the Welsh Terrier, being a solid, squarely built breed, but a bit smaller. The head is elongated, and for show dogs the bushy hair is left to fall over the forehead, covering the eyes. It also has a pronounced beard. The V‑shaped ears are set high, and fold over. The eyes are brown or hazel, the nose dark brown or black. The powerful bite should be even - if overshot or undershot it will be disqualified for the show ring. The tail is docked, and carried high. The Lakeland has a double or "two-ply" coat - the hard, wiry outer coat protects it from brambles. The coat comes in many varieties of black, black and tan, reddish, red grizzle, wheat, liver and  blue, grizzle, and grizzle and tan. A darker color across the back, called a saddle, may or may not be present.  The legs are groomed so that they appear cylindrical, so that it looks as if the Terrier is standing on its toes. Dewclaws are removed.

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The Lakeland Terrier is an excitable, cheerful, affectionate breed, and loves children. Unlike most terriers, the Lakeland does get along well with other dogs. They must be socialized while young with cats and other household pets. They need firm obedience training, which they can handle easily, but are difficult to housebreak. They like to guard their toys and foods from others, and dig, and bark.

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14 inches
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15-17 pounds
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General Health

The Lakeland Terrier is a hardy breed, with no known serious hereditary diseases. Well cared for Terriers live up to 12 years.

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The Lakeland Terrier was developed by cross-breeding the Bedlington and the Old English Wirehaired Terrier (some sources say the Fox Terrier with the Airedale) in England's Lake District, where it was used to hunt foxes. It was recognized as a showdog in 1921, and accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1934.

The Lakeland Terrier originates from England and was bred originally for hunting otters, foxes, rats and mice.

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The Lakeland Terrier sheds little or no hair. As far as grooming is concerned, the coat should be plucked two or three times a year - by hand. Also be sure to remove loose hair from the ear canal, and trim the excess hair between the foot pads.

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Ideal Environment

The Lakeland Terrier will flourish in apartment life. It is active and will run around inside, but as with most breeds will appreciate being taken for walks, and allowed to run off-leash in safe areas. Playing frisbee catch is an enjoyable pastime.

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i have a three and a half year old lakeland terrier, which i show in companion dog shows but when she gets put on the table she always growls, she would never bite them but we sometimes dont get placed because of it, what should i do?

Try a squeaky toy to distract the dog before the judge approaches. Or put a lot of base in your voice and do a "watch me" command. Lakelands need a firm hand.


About how long can a Lakeland terrier stay home alone, in a crate?

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