The Lakeland Terrier is a working terrier dog that was mainly created to protect the sheep and the crops from the foxes and vermin, and to hunt them down. This square-built, sturdy little dog is much similar in features to the Welsh Terrier, both of which originated in the United Kingdom (Northern London). The Lakeland dog has a rectangular face ending in a dark muzzle, studded with oval-shaped eyes that can be black to brown, and small v-shaped folded ears. Their proportionately long and strongly-built legs have given them the ability of quick movement.
|Coat||Thick, double (Inner coat: soft, Outer coat: wired)|
|Color||Red, Brown, Black, Black and Tan, Blue|
|Group (of Breed)||Terrier (working)|
|Lifespan||12 to 16 years|
|Weight||15 – 18 pounds|
|Height (size)||14 – 15 inches|
|Temperament||Intelligent, independent, affectionate, brave|
|Good with Child||Yes|
|Litter Size||3 – 5 puppies|
|Competitive Registration||CKC, FCI, AKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, CET, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, ACA|
Most breed experts are of the opinion that the Lakeland Terrier was developed by crossing various terriers – which may include the Bedlington, the Border, the Welsh, the Dandie Dinmont and the Wire-haired Fox terriers.
The Lakeland Terrier Association was formed in 1921 in England. The UK Kennel Club claims to have recognized the breed in 1921, however, the date has been disputed to be 1928 by the Lakeland Terrier Club. The American Kennel Club recognized it in 1934.
Initially, these terriers were exhibited in England under various names like Patterdale and Fell Terrier.
The AKC standard has described them as “bold, gay and friendly, with a confident, cock-of-the-walk attitude”. Lakeland Terriers exhibit a good amount of chasing instincts by their typical digging behavior and tendency to get aggressive towards other animals. These independent and intelligent terriers at times tend to become obsessive barkers. They are good with other dogs and children though, and would display a loving, cheerful or mischievous nature. They are reserved with strangers. However, once their interest is aroused, they would even act stubborn and might as well be selectively deaf. The dog is suitable for apartment life and can prove to be a successful watchdog.
With its excellent ability to pick up training readily, it is not much hectic to train them, except for housebreaking. Be consistent but affectionate while you train your dog. The lakie would also respond to crate training quickly. These dogs enjoy challenges and varieties in training, and need to be socialized by getting them acquainted with other animals and pets. Also, to avoid developing pack leader/small dog syndrome, lead your dog or keep it beside you, while you are out for a walk, and never allow it to lead. You can also use treats for training purposes.
If you rely upon quality dog foods like ‘Purina Pro Plan Growth’, ½ to 1 cup per day divided into two equal feedings should be enough for your puppy. However, you can also add fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples (except onions), as also boiled rice, cottage cheese or yogurt to this, for extra benefit. You can also feed your puppy twice, especially if it is left alone for a long periods of time. For that, try out foods like ‘Eukanuba’. Adding 1-2 tablespoons of canned food like Pedigree Pal and additives like a teaspoon of flax seed oil or any corn oil in the morning are also recommended. When your pup is 4 months old, start adding 500 mgs of Vitamin C tablet/powder regularly in its food. However, it is better to avoid snacks, except treats like ‘milk bone’ during its bedtime.