Lakeland Terrier Vital Stats
- Dog Breed Group: Terrier Dogs
- Height: 1 foot, 1 inch to 1 foot, 2 inches (33.02 to 35.56 centimeters) tall at the shoulder
- Weight: 15 to 17 pounds (6.80 to 7.71 kilograms)
- Life Span: 12 to 15 years
Introducing the Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier was basically created to be a practical working terrier and comes from England's rugged mountainous Lake District. Here his job was to hunt and kill the foxes that plagued the farmers. His main asset is that he is small, square, and sturdy, with a deep, relatively narrow body that allows him to squeeze into rocky dens after his prey.
Lakies, as they are called, are lively, feisty little dogs that are affectionate, friendly, and self-confident. What characterizes this breed of dog is that they have a rectangular head, an intense and sometimes impish expression, v-shaped ears that fold over, and a docked tail carried up. They also have a double coat which is composed of a thick, hard topcoat to protect them from thorns and a dense undercoat to keep them warm in the hail, sleet, snow, and rain of their home region. They are always alert and ready to go.
The Lakeland Terrier is both cheerful and energetic. He also has all of the terrier dog qualities of being willful and determined. He is also full of courage and confidence.
Generally, the Lakeland Terrier gets well with children and other dogs, but are reserved with strangers. And being terriers, they are prone to chasing small animals, so it's advisable to socialize them with cats and other small animals from an early age.
These dogs can be difficult to housetrain. And just like terriers some like to dig, bark quite a lot, and guard their toys and food.
The Lakie requires a firm, patient training regimen starting at an early age. They are very intelligent dogs so be sure that the training sessions has lots of variety to keep them challenged. Also, you have to be fair in the training techniques. All terriers have a sense of fairness and are willing to be corrected when it is merited. But if the correction is harsh or undeserved, they are likely to growl and rebel.
With proper training your Lakeland Terrier will be quick to learn. And with all the energy that these dogs have they tend to do really well with obedience and agility training.
Being a small dog, the Lakeland Terrier makes a good apartment dog. However, because they can be constant barkers you may have to rule this possibility out.
Grooming is moderately time-consuming. They need to be brushed two or three times a week and "stripped" periodically to keep their coats in proper condition.
Although they have many fine qualities, Lakelands are uncommon and aren't readily available. Expect to spend some time on a waiting list, as much as six months to a year, if you want one of these charming terriers.
Here are some things that you should keep in mind if you are planning on getting a Lakeland Terrier:
- Never purchase a Lakeland from a puppy broker or pet store. Reputable breeders do not sell to middlemen or retailers, and there are no guarantees as to whether the puppy had healthy parents with a nice temperament. Ask for references so you can contact other puppy buyers to see if they're happy with their Lakeland. Doing your homework may save you from a lot of heartbreak later.
- Lakeland Terriers are excitable dogs and have a lot of energy.
- They are a highly intelligent breed that can take advantage of an insecure owner and become the "ruler of the house." Be sure that your Lakie knows who is alpha in your household (hopefully, you!).
- Lakeland Terriers are prone to chasing other animals or anything else that might interest them. Keep them on a leash when you're in unfenced areas.
- Speaking of fences, it's best that you have a fenced yard for your Lakies to play in. Just be sure that the fence is very secure. They can be escape artists!
- Barking sometimes is a problem with Lakeland Terriers.
- Lakeland Terriers can be stubborn and difficult to housetrain. Crate training is recommended.
- Lakeland Terriers tend to be possessive about their food and toys. Obedience training is recommended.
- Their terrier aggression can get out of hand without proper respect for their owners and training.
Lakeland Terrier FAQs
- Does the Lakeland Terrier do well in an apartment?
- Being an all terrier dog they sometimes have a tendency to bark a lot. But with some patience and proper training these dogs can do quite well in an apartment. (See List of Dogs Not Well Suited to Apartment Living.)
- Is the Lakeland Terrier a good dog for novice owners?
- The Lakeland Terrier is a fairly resilient dog that can put up with most mistakes that a dog owner will make. However, it is still recommended that you have at least a little experience with animals. (See List of Dogs That Are Good For Experienced Owners.)
- Is the Lakeland Terrier a sensitive dog?
- Some dogs just don't care if you reprimand them. Others will likely sulk in a corner for hours. The Lakie will take most reprimands at heart but may occasionally do the sulking thing. (See List of Dogs That Have A Low Sensitivity Level.)
- Can the Lakeland Terrier tolerate being left alone?
- Some breeds of dog really love to have time alone. Others always want their human companions within sight. The Lakeland Terrier can be left alone but they prefer to be around people at all times. However, with the proper training they can tolerate moderate levels of being alone. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited To Be Alone.)
- Can the Lakeland Terrier tolerate cold weather?
- Terriers usually don't tolerate the cold very well. The Lakeland Terrier, on the other hand, is one of those terrier that has a fairly thick coat and does pretty good in cold weather. But just like all other dogs, they should never be kept outside during the cold winter months. Even the most resilient dog can freeze. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited To Cold Weather.)
- Can the Lakeland Terrier tolerate hot weather?
- Usually dogs that have a double coat are prone to heat exhaustion and stroke. This is not the case with the Lakeland Terrier. Although he has a double coat he tends to do quite well in hot weather. However, when the weather is extremely hot he should be offered a cool place where he can get out of the heat. (See List of Dogs That Are Poorly Suited for Hot Weather.)
- Is the Lakeland Terrier affectionate with all members of the family?
- This is a people-loving dog and as such he really loves to be around people, especially his own family. He really has plenty of love to go around and will definitely love everyone in the family equally. (See List of Dogs That Are Not Affectionate With Family.)
- Is the Lakeland Terrier a kid-friendly dog?
- A kid-friendly dog is one that is gentle with children, sturdy enough to handle the heavy-handed petting and hugs that kids dish out, and quite relaxed toward the running and screaming of young children. And that is the Lakeland Terrier. Also, the past experiences of the dog play a very important role here. That's why it is important to train your dog on how to get along with kids. (See List of Kid-Friendly Dogs as well as the List of Dogs That Are Not Kid Friendly.)
- Is the Lakeland Terrier a dog-friendly dog?
- A dog-friendly dog is one that enjoys the company of other dogs and will play with them. The Lakeland Terrier is like most dogs in this respect. He is middle-of-the-road. But his friendliness towards dogs can be improved if they are properly trained and develop good canine social skills. (See List of Dogs That Are Not So Dog-Friendly.)
- Is the Lakeland Terrier friendly towards strangers?
- A stranger-friendly dog will greet guests with a wagging tail and a good nuzzle. A dog that is not stranger-friendly will either be indifferent or aggressive towards them. However, if your dog was exposed to lots of different types, ages, sizes, and shapes of people as a puppy will respond better to strangers as an adult. (See List of Dogs That Are Shy.)
- Does the Lakeland Terrier shed a lot?
- Some dogs leave you knee-high in hair while others will barely leave a dusting. The Lakeland Terrier is a low shed dog which makes him a great choice for a neatnik. (See List of Dogs That Shed Very Little.)
- Does the Lakeland Terrier drool a lot?
- Is the Lakeland Terrier an easy dog to groom?
- Some dogs require regular bathing, clipping, and other grooming just to stay clean and healthy. The Lakeland Terrier is basically a brush and go dog. You shouldn't expect to spend no more than thirty minutes per week grooming this dog.
- Does the Lakeland Terrier have good health?
- All dogs are prone to some medical conditions. Whether they actually acquire those conditions or not is based, in part, on how well they are cared for. Aside from this, the Lakeland Terrier is a very healthy and resilient dog that will have a very healthy life span. (See List of Dogs That Are Prone To Health Problems.)
- Does the Lakeland Terrier gain weight easily?
- Some breeds have hearty appetites and tend to put on weight easily. As in humans, being overweight can cause health problems in dogs. If you pick a breed that's prone to packing on pounds, you'll need to limit treats, make sure he gets enough exercise, and measure out his daily kibble in regular meals rather than leaving food out all the time.
- What size of dog is the Lakeland Terrier?
- Dogs come in all sizes and shapes. The Lakeland Terrier is basically a small dog that will fit nicely on your lap.
- Is the Lakeland Terrier an easy dog to train?
- This is a terrier dog and, like all terriers, can be a willful and stubborn dog. The person that is doing the training should have some experience in training terriers.
- Is the Lakeland Terrier an intelligent dog?
- A working dog is usually a dog with intelligence as they need to use their brains to solve problems of their job. Since the Lakeland Terrier was bred to work he is a fairly intelligent dog. This is one reason why he does well in obedience and agility sports.
- Does the Lakeland Terrier have a high potential for mouthiness?
- In this respect we are not talking about vocal mouthiness. Instead, we are talking about a dogs tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite. A mouthy dogs tends to use their mouths to hold or "herd" their family members. The Lakeland Terrier is more likely to chase you than to herd you. However, all dogs should be trained to learn that it's fine to gnaw on chew toys, but not on people.
- Does the Lakeland Terrier have a high prey drive?
- Dogs that are hunters, like the terriers, have a fairly strong desire to chase and sometimes kill other animals. These dogs will chase almost any small animal that comes across its path. That includes the Lakeland Terrier. It is best to keep these dogs on a leash when walking and only allow them to be off leash in city-designated areas or a fenced in back yard.
- Does the Lakeland Terrier have a tendency to bark or howl a lot?
- Some breeds of dogs seem to like the sound of their own voice while others barely make a sound. The Lakeland Terrier is basically a quiet dog. This was a sought after quality as barking or howling would alert the foxes.
- Does the Lakeland Terrier have a high wanderlust potential?
- Some dogs like to wander around their territory and explore. Some couldn't care less. The Lakeland Terrier can go either way here. For this reason they are considered average in their tendency to wander away from you. For this reason these dogs should be in a fenced-in backyard. The fence should be at least five feet high and go underground by at least three feet. Placing the fence below ground will prevent the Lakeland Terrier from digging its way under.
- What is the energy level of the Lakeland Terrier?
- Some dogs are always ready and waiting for action. These are usually dogs that were bred to perform a job. The Lakeland Terrier is such a dog. As such, these dogs require a considerable amount of exercise per day to keep his energy level in check.
- Does the Lakeland Terrier have a high intensity level?
- High-intensity dogs tend to put everything they have into whatever they are doing. The Lakeland Terrier has a fairly high intensity level. When he starts something he will not quit until the job is done. Such as trying to dig under a fence.
- Does the Lakeland Terrier require a lot of exercise?
- Dogs that were bred to hunt have a lot of energy. These dogs require at least two thirty-minute workouts every day. Taking them for your morning jog is a great method of using up that energy. Another great method is enrolling them in some sort of doggie sport.
- Is the Lakeland Terrier a playful dog?
- Usually dogs that have a lot of energy are always waiting for something to do. Games are great for these dogs. Especially with the family. The Lakeland Terrier is very playful and they can keep the kids occupied for hours.
History of the Lakeland Terrier
The breed of dog has its roots in the county of Cumberland in England's Lake District which is near the Scottish border. This area is known for its hills and treacherous mountains. Sheep farms dotted the scenic countryside. This area is also known for a large, aggressive type of fox called a Westmoreland fox preys on the sheep, especially during the lambing season, which happens to coincide with the time that the foxes are weaning their cubs. The Lakeland's job was to "go to ground" when the fox ran into its burrow and kill it.
Miners in this area also owned smaller game terriers that were used for sport, such as hunting badger, rabbiting, fox hunting, and ratting.
A popular event in the county of Cumberland were the dog meets where people would show off their dogs. At these events the Lakeland Terrier was classified as colored working terriers to distinguish them from the white terriers. However, the Lakeland is descendant of several terrier breeds, including the Old English Black and Tan Terrier (now extinct), the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Bedlington Terrier, and the Border Terrier. Today the Lakeland Terrier is one of the oldest working terrier breeds still in use.
It wasn't until 1921 when the Lakeland Terrier Association was founded in England. And during this time this dog was exhibited in England under various names, including the Fell and Patterdale Terrier.
The American Kennel Club first registered a Lakeland Terrier, Eaton What A Lad Of Howtown, in 1934, by which time it had its current name and was a regular in the show rings both in the U.S. and England. Breeders worked to produce dogs that would have the looks to win in the show ring while retaining the working characteristics that were so prized.
They appear to have succeeded in grand style. Lakelands have won most of the major shows and awards that can be found around the world. The first great champion Lakeland Terrier was named Rogerholme Recruit, who won Best in Show at the prestigious 1963 Crufts dog show England. Just three years later, in 1967, another English Lakeland Terrier named Stingray of Derryabahwon Best in Show at the 1967 Crufts and Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 1968.
In the early seventies, Champion Special Edition won dozens of Bests in Show, and another Lakie named Champion Jo-Ni's Red Baron of Crofton won 73 Bests in Show, with the last being awarded at the 1976 at Westminster's Centennial dog show.
In the early 1990s, an outstanding Lakie named Champion Revelry's Awesome Blossom, owned by Jean L. Heath and comedian Bill Cosby, emerged. Her remarkable show record included more than 100 All-Breed Bests-in-Show, making her among the top-winning show dogs of all time.
Size of the Lakeland Terrier
This is a very compact and athletic dog. The Lakeland typically stands 13.5 to 14.5 inches (34.29 to 36.83 centimeters) tall at the shoulder and weighs 15 to 17 pounds (6.80 to 7.71 kilograms).
Personality of the Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier is described as bold and friendly with a bit of a cocky attitude in its walk. He is not overly aggressive nor argumentative. As a terrier he is curious about everything, very intelligent, and absolutely entertaining.
When it comes to strangers he is usually reserved. His family ties are extremely loving, especially with the kids in the family. He can get along with other dogs as he usually won't start a fight. If the other dog shows aggression towards him he certainly won't back down from a fight. His alertness and self-confidence are qualities that make him an excellent watchdog.
The temperament of the Lakeland Terrier is affected by a number of factors, including heredity, training, and socialization. Puppies with nice temperaments are curious and playful, willing to approach people and be held by them. Choose the middle-of-the-road puppy, not the one who's beating up his littermates or the one who's hiding in the corner. Always meet at least one of the parents — usually the mother is the one who's available — to ensure that they have nice temperaments that you're comfortable with. Meeting siblings or other relatives of the parents is also helpful for evaluating what a puppy will be like when he grows up.
The Lakeland Terrier requires early socialization where he is exposed to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences starting at a young age. Starting early will ensure that your Lakeland Terrier grows up to be well-rounded. Enrolling him in a puppy kindergarten class is a great start. Inviting visitors over regularly, and taking him to busy parks, stores that allow dogs, and on leisurely strolls to meet neighbors will also help him polish his social skills.
Health Considerations of the Lakeland Terrier
Lakeland Terriers are a hardy breed and don't suffer from any known hereditary health problems. To help ensure that you get a healthy Lakeland puppy, choose a breeder who abides by the U. S. Lakeland Terrier Club code of ethics.
Care of the Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier is a house dog and should live in the home with its human family. Because if his small size he does make a good dog for apartment living. However, he must be trained to not bark at every sound he hears. Being an active dog he will require at least two daily walks of 20 to 30 minutes. If you have a yard it must be securely fenced with a fence that goes underground by at least three feet. He is a very capable digger and will dig his way under a fence to follow the trail a prey. Electronic fences do nothing to deter this escape artist.
When walking your Lakie you need to keep him on a leash. If not he will be off on some prey's trail and will leave you way behind in no time. With his independent nature, the Lakie can be a challenge to train. Keep your sense of humor at the ready, as well as a large supply of patience. Be firm and consistent, but use positive reinforcement techniques such as food rewards, praise, and play to get the most out of him. Keep lessons short, sweet, and entertaining, and you'll find that your Lakeland is quite intelligent and capable of learning whatever you can teach.
Housetraining is often a problem with these dogs. You will need a lot of patience and consistency. Take him out to potty first thing in the morning, after every meal, after naps and playtime, and just before bedtime. Reward him every time he does his business outdoors. Crate training is a big help here as they usually don't like to soil the area they sleep in.
The Lakeland excels as a watchdog, but he can be noisy. Keep this in mind if he'll be living in an apartment or condo community.
Feeding the Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier should receive 1 cup of the highest quality dry dog food you can get. This should be divided into two meals. One in the morning and one in the evening.
Remember that this is just a guideline. All dogs are individuals and how much they eat depends on their size, age, metabolism, and activity level.
Keep your adult Lakeland in good shape by measuring his food and feeding him twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time.
Lakeland Terrier Coat Color and Grooming
Lakeland Terriers have a thick, hard topcoat and a soft undercoat. When he's hand stripped to show his outline, he has a neat, workmanlike appearance. In the show ring, the coat on the head, ears, forechest, shoulders, and behind the tail is trimmed short and smooth. The coat on the body is about half an inch to an inch long and can be straight or slightly wavy. The long hair on the legs, known as furnishings, gives the legs a cylindrical appearance. The hair on the face is trimmed but left longer over the eyes to enhance the head's rectangular appearance.
Lakies come in many colors, including blue, black, liver (a deep reddish-brown), red, and wheaten (pale yellow or fawn). Some have a tan saddle that covers the back of the neck, back, sides, and up the tail, making them blue and tan, black and tan, or liver and tan. They can also be what's called red grizzle or grizzle and tan. A red grizzle Lakeland has a saddle that's a deep, rich red over a tan base. Grizzle is a mixture of black or red hairs with white hairs. Puppies often are born dark.
Lakelands don't shed much, especially if their coat is kept stripped. Stripping is a technique that involves plucking the dead hair by hand or removing it with a stripping knife or other stripping tool. Your Lakeland's breeder can show you how to strip the coat, or you can find a professional groomer who knows how to do it (not all do). For easier care, you can clipper the coat, but the texture and color will become softer and lighter. That doesn't affect the Lakeland's ability to be a great companion, though.
Spend 15 to 30 minutes a week to brush and comb your Lakie. Then give him a rubdown with a towel to remove any dirt and excess body oils. If you do this regularly, you shouldn't need to bathe him often unless he's rolled in something stinky. Remove loose hair from inside the ears and trim excess hair between the pads of the feet. Other grooming needs include nail care and dental hygiene. Trim your Lakeland's nails once or twice a month. If you can hear them clicking on the floor, they're too long. The earlier you introduce your Lakie to nail trimming the less stressful the experience is.
Brush the teeth at least two or three times a week — daily is better — to remove tartar and bacteria. Start when your puppy is young so he'll be used to it.
As you groom, check for sores, rashes, or signs of infection such as redness, tenderness, or inflammation on the skin, in the ears, nose, mouth, and eyes, and on the feet. Ears should smell good, without too much wax or gunk inside, and eyes should be clear, with no redness or discharge. Your careful weekly exam will help you spot potential health problems early.
Children and Other Pets
Lakies love kids and can match their energy levels all day long, but certain rules apply to child-dog interactions. Always teach children how to approach and touch dogs, and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he's sleeping or eating or to try to take the dog's food away. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with a child.
Lakelands can get along well with other pets, especially if they're introduced to them in puppyhood. They shouldn't be aggressive toward strange dogs, but they won't back down from them either. They may chase outdoor cats as well as squirrels and other wildlife, and they probably shouldn't be trusted alone with pocket pets such as hamsters and gerbils.
Lakeland Terriers are sometimes bought without any clear understanding of what goes into owning one. These dogs may end up in need of adoption or fostering.
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