This is one of the oldest terrier breeds that are alive today. It was found in the Cumberland county of England in the early 19th century. It is also called the Cumberland Terrier indicating its origin, Fell Terrier, Patterdale Terrier and Westmorland terrier. They were widely used in fox hunting and other game animals due to its courageous nature to withstand resistance. They are well adapted to coarse terrain hence providing adequate security to flock. They relate to other terrier breeds such as the Dandie Dinmont, Bedlington Terrier, Tan Terrier and Old English black. They have ranked highly in many dog shows, and owners pride in them for their outstanding performance.
Lakeland Terriers are small and stout dogs. They have a square and narrow body frame giving them a slender look. It has V-shaped ears that fold forward towards the corner of the eyes. It has dark eyes though some may be brown. Its muzzle long compared to its body size and has a black or liver colored nose at the end. It has straight solid front legs that give it a stately appearance when it stands. Its teeth come to a level close. It has two layer coats with the undercoat being soft while the outer is wiry and rough.
They are good companions as they are full of life, cheerful and energetic. They are not afraid to show affection yet they are bold and confident in themselves. They bark a lot and like to dig hence it is important to make such consideration when purchasing a Lakeland terrier. They get along with kids well and make a good family dog. They are highly intelligent and will catch on what they are trained on very easily. They enjoy running around and are not your good old lapdogs. They are reserved around strangers and not openly aggressive however they are known to bark a lot.
They are free-spirited dogs that love to run around a lot. Though they are small, this should not fool a prospective owner to take it to an apartment. They will require a lot of space to exercise and express themselves. They need constant training that must be both mentally and physically engaging.
They are generally healthy and tough breed. They are prone to common dog diseases such as eye disease and leg disorder. They have a lifespan of about 10 – 13 years.
They should be fed on high-quality foods of which proportions depend on weight, age and level of activeness of the dog. It is important to ensure the food has sufficient nutrients for the dog’s intake.
Coat, Color and Grooming
Lakeland Terrier has a double layer coat that consists of a soft undercoat and a stiff overcoat that comes in a variety of colors such as black, reddish-brown, cream and yellow. They don’t shed much hair and won’t require much grooming as long as it is done on a weekly basis.
With family and other pets
They do very well with children though it is important to ensure there is adult supervision. They get along well with pets though they will not cower if attacked.