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Lakeland Terrier

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Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terriers should have a coarse outercoat with an undercoat protecting them from harsh weather. Although puppies are born dark, the Lakeland Terrier can be a variation of colors, including black & tan, blue & tan, grizzle & tan, red, wheaten, red grizzle, liver, blue, grizzle or black. Small tips of white on the feet and chest, while undesirable, are permissible. Mahogany or deep tan colors are not typical. The well-balanced head should have a flat but refined skull. This breed tends to have mustaches and beard on their forefaces. The eyes should be hazel or dark in color and the nose should be black or liver in color. The small ears are v-shaped and the teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. The neck should be slightly arched merging into well-laid back shoulders. The back is short and with a moderately narrow chest. The forelegs are straight and well-boned and the hindlegs are long with powerful thighs. The straight hocks should be set low to the ground. The small, compact feet are well-padded. This breed looks as though they are standing on their toes. The high set tail is customarily docked and elevated.

Temperament Lakeland Terriers are loving, courageous, cheerful, confident, and alert. They can also be inquisitive, feisty, willful and stubborn. They love children however, they may be wary around strangers. They generally get along with other dogs, which is unusual in terrier breeds. This breed is content being with their owners ? be it on long walks or curling up next to a fire. They are not a loud breed but they will warn their owners if something disturbs them. They love to dig. It is essential to socialize them thoroughly at a young age so they will not chase cats or other small animals. This breed should not be let off their leash, since they will sometimes choose to be deaf when their owner calls them. This breed tends to guard their possessions, especially food and toys.
Height, Weight Height: 13-15" ; Weight: 15-17 lbs.
Health Problems This is a hardy breed and has no serious health problems.
Living Conditions This breed will do great living in an apartment and there is no need for a yard.
Exercise Lakelands need to run and play off their lead in a safe, enclosed area. They do well in agility sports.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming The coat of this breed should be plucked two or three times a year. Check ears and pad for excessive hair and remove when necessary. Show dogs require a lot more grooming. They shed little or no hair.
Origin Lakeland Terriers were originally called the Patterdale Terrier. They were developed in England's Lake District from crossing the Bedlington and the Old English Wirehaired Terrier. They were used to hunt den animals and vermin in water and on uneven terrain. This breed was standardized in 1921, recognized by the AKC in 1934 and by the UKC in 1995.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier