Lakeland Terrier - Facts You Must Know Before Adopting Lakeland Terrier

  • 15/01/2011

Breed Description

The Lakeland Terrier came from the Lake District of England, as a cross between English Black and Tan Coonhounds, and Fell Terriers. Their primary purpose was to hunt vermin. This sturdy and small terrier has the frame that permits squeezing through rocky dens to run after vermin. They typically weigh about 17 pounds for males, and 15 pounds for females, while both male and female Lakeland Terriers stands 14.5 inches tall.


The Lakeland Terrier has a hard, thick, and wiry top coat and soft undercoat. They come in 10 colors including black and tan, liver and tan, blue and tan, tan grizzle, black, blue, liver, red, tan grizzle, and red grizzle.


As with most of the terrier breeds, they are lively and will do best with an ample securely fenced yard where they can run and exercise in. They should be given long walks on a daily basis to keep them from being destructive.


The Lakeland Terrier adapt well as the family pet. This little dog is naturally inquisitive and cheerful. An affectionate terrier, they will be willing to walk miles and miles in whatever setting, yet will be eager to cuddle up in a couch just to be with their masters. A hardy and brave breed, they are very wary of strangers, and will get along well with children. They are friendly to almost everyone. They have even-tempered, fun-loving, with the ability to get what they want.


The Lakeland Terrier is an affectionate, cheerful, and friendly breed that makes the ideal family pet. Courageous, and alert, this breed may not be suitable for the average owner as they tend to acquire behavioral problems without experienced handling.


As puppies, the Lakeland Terrier will need regular grooming. Matting may be more frequent during the transition period from having puppy coats to adult coats. Their hard and thick coat requires hand stripping 3 or 4 times yearly.


The Lakeland Terrier does best with positive training methods with proper socialization at an early age. A highly intelligent breed, they are very easy to train, and quickly learn what is taught to them. As with all the terriers, they may have an inclination to be stubborn. Therefore, firmness and consistency should always be maintained. They will usually be incompliant and stubborn in repetitive training sessions and exercise. Adding variety to their routine will minimize this issue. Socialization at the earliest is crucial, particularly if they are kept with other household pets.


The Lakeland Terrier generally can get along well with other dogs and even cats if properly socialized at an early age. This breed is wary around strangers if left unsocialized. They love to chase anything that moves, so they should never be left off leash in unsecured areas.

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