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The Lakeland Terrier, a small, vigorous and friendly dog

We love him for his small size, his vigor, his sympathy and his assurance. The Lakeland Terrier is rather rare and owes its success to its hunting skills. The modern way of life has pushed him to become a good pet.

Characteristics of the Lakeland Terrier

With a compact and well-proportioned body, the Lakeland Terrier has a small size like most terriers, which allows it to sneak into burrows to indicate the location of game or to dislodge it. It measures on average 37 cm at the withers and weighs 6.8 kg if it is a female and 7.7 kg if it is a male. Its resemblance to the Welsh Terrier is striking, although it has a thinner bone structure. The Lakeland Terrier is recognizable by its harmonious head with a well defined and flat skull. The muzzle should not be longer than the skull. The muzzle is broad, the nose is black or brown depending on the coat and the jaws are powerful. The eyes have a nice hazel or dark note. The ears for their part are V-shaped and small. The Lakeland Terrier wears a dense, hard and mid-length coat. The coat must be bicolor (blue and tan or black and tan) or unicolor (grayish red, form, red, black, blue or brown).

History of the breed Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier comes from the north-west of England, in the region of the lakes from where it takes its name. This breed is the result of a cross between the Bedlington Terrier, the Fox Terrier, the Border Terrier and the Airedale Terrier. Its recognition by the British Kennel Club dates back to 1928. In 1932, the dog will be presented at a dog show organized by the Lakeland Terrier Club. This breed is known for its resistance and its enthusiasm. It was used in the mountains with very rocky terrain for hunting. This harsh environment has contributed to its hardiness. The Lakeland Terrier was officially recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in 1954.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Lakeland Terrier

As you can see, the Lakeland Terrier is a bold, fearless and lively dog. It outperforms many terriers in hunting activities thanks to its determined and stubborn character. At home, he is an independent, but affectionate animal that loves to be petted. It is cheerful, friendly and especially very playful with children. Its education is relatively easy since this dog is intelligent and clever. It must be done with gentleness and firmness to obtain the desired results. Another advantage of the Lakeland Terrier is that it can live anywhere. Nevertheless, we must not forget that it is a sportsman who needs to exercise daily.

Diet and main health problems of the Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier shines by its robustness. However, it is necessary to watch the appearance of eye diseases such as cataract or glaucoma. Tooth tartar is also common in Lakeland Terriers and leads to gingivitis and tooth loosening.