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Lakeland Terrier

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A "dog-lover's" Terrier, the Lakeland Terrier fully embodies many of the traits most beloved by those who find Terriers charming at all as well as a few delightful surprises.  From being low-shedding, to loving children (other Terriers can be more snappish), to being a passionate swimmer and generally very well natured around other dogs.  The Lakeland still requires the basic foundation into becoming a well-balanced dog, namely socialization and basic manners training but these lead to quite a treasure!

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: less than 14.5 inches
Weight: 15-17 pounds Longevity: high teens
Colors: black and tan, blue and tan, red, grizzle and tan, liver and tan, wheaten, blue, black or red grizzle Coat type: dense, harsh with good undercoat
Recognized Registries: FCI, AKC, UKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Well balanced small Terrier with characteristic proportion, head and attittude.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: Peppy and happy, more easy going than many terrier breeds
  with Children: When raised properly, EXCEPTIONAL
  with other pets: Good if socialized with them early, again this can be unusual for Terriers
  with dogs: Again, unlike most Terriers, they can be great around other dogs
Socialization requirements: Relatively high since the rewards are so great.
Ideal home characteristics: Taking the time to rear this dog to achieve their full potential, recognizing the regular (but minimal) grooming requirements.
Temperament Notes: Peppy, alert, happy, minimal barking, fearless and always seems to be expecting something exciting
Training requirement: moderate: commitment to heavy socialization and basic manners at a minimum though this would be a shame given their enthusiasm for many activities
Trainer notes: The Lakeland Terrier could be the ideal training partner for someone who is inclined to play with their dog alot.  Playing and training go hand in hand with good trainers and dogs are always learning (whether you think you are training or not).  So while the Lakeland might prove to be unreliable in something as precise as a competition ring like obedience, their delight at being innovative and creative could make things very interesting at home as training could lead them to a number of interesting and challenging skills (please don't teach your Lakeland to open the kitchen cabinets for example).  Nevertheless, the Lakeland is always thinking and always of the positive outlook that the next thing that happens can't be anything but good!
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1800s
Country of Origin: Cumberland County, Lake District near the Northern border, England
Original Function: Sheep protector (from primarily fox); follows the fox into the den
History: Developed to hunt with the foxhounds, when the hounds would send the fox to ground, the Lakeland would fearlessly go in after it. Sometimes not emerging for 10-12 days records claim.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, incorrect ear, dentition issues,
Health Notes: eye problems, aggression (usually result of living environment not purely breeding)
Health Testing: CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Lakeland Terriers?
  • Why do you have Lakeland Terriers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Lakeland Terrier?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Lakeland Terrier?
  • How would you describe the ideal Lakeland Terrier home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Lakeland Terrier?
  • How do you assist or help Lakeland Terriers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - Lakeland Terrier Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - FCI (European) Standard of the Lakeland Terrier; UKC Standard of the Lakeland Terrier - Standard of the United States Lakeland Terrier Club

    Breeder Ethics: - Lakeland Terrier Club of America Code of Ethics

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