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Lakeland Terrier


General Information - Lakeland Terrier


Group:
Terrier

Size:
medium

Lifespan:
12-16 years

Exercise:
moderate

Grooming:
high

Trainability:
very hard

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
very low

Area of Origin:
England

Date of Origin:
1700’s

Other Names:
none

Original Function:
Vermin hunting



History

The Lakeland Terrier was originally called the Patterdale Terrier. It was developed from crossings between the Bedlington and the Old English Wirehaired Terrier in England's Lake District. It was used to hunt den animals such as badger and fox, and also otter. This dog hunted in water and uneven terrain and was expected to chase and kill the quarry. This beautiful, spunky terrier has since become a popular companion and a successful show dog.

Temperament

Confident and willing the Lakeland Terrier loves children. This breed can be a barker, a digger and may guard its toys. Lakeland Terriers get along with other dogs but should be taught not to chase cats at a young age. Feisty and cheerful, the Lakeland Terrier loves to be the centre of his owner's life.

Upkeep

This is an active breed that needs daily entertainment or it will make it for itself. A moderate walk on leash or a hardy game in the yard can usually satisfy its needs, but it also enjoys the chance to explore off leash in a safe area. It enjoys spending the day in a secure yard, but it should optimally sleep in the house. Its wire coat needs combing one or two times weekly, plus scissoring and shaping (clipping for pets and stripping for show dogs) four times yearly.