The Lakeland Terrier is hard-working, tough, courageous and friendly. Lakeland Terriers make energetic fun-loving pets for families. They get along with children and other dogs. Lakeland Terriers are somewhat wary of strangers and will chase household pets if they are not socialized at a young age. These sporty dogs learn quite easily and make good watch dogs.
The Lakeland Terrier should have its coat stripped (the old hairs plucked out) two to three times per year, for the rich color to be retained. Or the owner may choose to have the coat clipped periodically even though the color might fade. The excess hair between the pads of the feet should be trimmed and the loose hairs in the ear canal should be removed.
Lakeland Terriers can be kept in a flat, but they do need to receive regular exercise and opportunities to run and play off the lead. This breed is suitable for sports such as fly-ball or agility skills.
Lakeland Terriers were originally known as the Fell or Patterdale Terriers. They are from the north of England Lake district and are one of the oldest terrier working breeds. It is believed that the Lakeland Terrier evolved from crosses with both the Border and Bedlington Terriers. These dogs were developed for destroying foxes that attacked flocks of sheep and for hunting otters.
General Appearance: Squarely-built, sturdy and graceful.
Color: Black, blue, red wheaten, red grizzle, liver, black/tan and blue/tan.
Coat: The outercoat is harsh, dense and weather resistant and the undercoat is thick and soft.
Tail: Set high, commonly docked and carried upright but not over the back.
Ears: Small, erect, V-shaped with the tips dropping forward.
Body: The body is approximately square in the overall length-to-height proportion. The shoulders are well laid back and sloping and the chest is relatively narrow but deep. The back is short and strong with well sprung ribs.
- Lakeland Terriers take delight in participating in any family activities and love freedom and exercise.