Origin and characteristics

The Lakeland Terriers were originally bred in the harsh but beautiful countryside of the English Lake District to hunt foxes. The purpose of the Hunt was to destroy the fox that would prey on sheep and lambs thereby affecting the livelihood of those dependent upon farming.

The Lakeland had to be able to chase the fox over rugged peaks and steep cliffs in all weather and even underground. This is why their unique feature is that where a Lakeland can get its head, the body will follow.The Lakeland is a small terrier with an impish and assertive disposition. It is a ‘people’ dog and thrives on plenty of human contact.

They are excellent guard dogs – with their loud bark and fearless temperament they are a great deterrent to intruders.

To be able to live with other animals, Lakeland Terrier should be familiarised with other household pets at an early age. It will then live happily and reliably with them. Early socialisation with people and other dogs, and basic obedience is also recommended.The Lakeland Terrier is an ideal companion and family dog, suited to both town and country living.

  • Lifespan: 15+ Years

  • Size: 35-43 cm

  • Weight: 7-8 kg

  • Breed group: terrier

  • Coat: thick, hard top coat and soft under coat

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

Lakeland Terriers have a thick, hard topcoat and a soft undercoat. As the Lakeland Terrier does not molt, they would make an excellent companion for those with respiratory problems

Careful grooming can make a world of difference to the dog’s appearance. To keep a typical harsh all-weather coat that is part of a Lakeland’s overall look the coat should be stripped out by hand with the help of a stripping knife, or as is more usual today the dog may be clipped.

How to manage shedding?

Lakelands don’t shed much, especially if their coat is kept stripped. Stripping is a technique that involves plucking the dead hair by hand or removing it with a stripping knife or other stripping tool.

Spend 15 to 30 minutes a week to brush and comb your Lakie. Then give him a rubdown with a towel to remove any dirt and excess body oils. If you do this regularly, you shouldn’t need to bathe him often unless he has a bad odour. Remove loose hair from inside the ears and trim excess hair between the pads of the feet.

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