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The Lakeland Terrier is a breed of small, sturdy dog that originated in England. It belongs to the terrier breed family which is admired for their distinct personality and excellent hunting skills. Lakeland Terriers have been bred to become fox and vermin hunters. Their double coat is hard and wiry outside, and tight and soft underneath. Coat colors usually include black, solid blue, red, liver, and wheaten. Some members of the line have saddle markings.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Lakeland Terrier breed stand a height of not more than 14 ½ in at the withers. Dogs typically weigh about 17 lbs, while bitches commonly have a weight of approximately 15 lbs.
Lakeland Terriers, in general, are confident, alert, and lively dogs. They are cheerful, affectionate, and loving toward their family owners. They love children, and like to dig and bark. The breed is brave, and usually needs regular training under a firm yet gentle, and consistent handler. Lakeland Terriers are usually difficult to housebreak, though may tend to learn rather quickly. Owners are encouraged to make training filled with variations so the pets can be challenged. These adored terrier dogs bond well with other animals, though early socialization may be highly necessary to keep them from chasing other pets. Lakeland Terriers tend to become aloof around strangers. Lack of sufficient training, proper leadership, and physical stimulation can lead to the breed developing numerous behavior problems.
The harsh, wiry coat of Lakeland Terriers are not too difficult to maintain. The breed tends to shed a little, and their stray hairs may only be rolled or plucked on an occasional basis to keep it looking good. Stripping and clipping may also be advisable several times a year. Use of shampoo specially intended for wiry coats, however, is necessary. Their coat also needs to be brushed regularly.
Members of the Lakeland Terrier breed are generally healthy. A few health issues have been recorded, but none seems to have been widespread.
Because of the breed’s relatively small size, Lakeland Terriers can easily adjust to apartment-living. They are fairly active indoors and would become happy if given a lot of exercise. The breed can also adapt to a country lifestyle especially when provided with easy access to a securely fenced yard. Because Lakeland Terrier pets are likely to chase small animals, owners are advised to keep them in a confined area when the breed is allowed to roam off-leash.