The Lakeland Terrier were originally from Northern England’s Lake District, bred to hunt and kill foxes that would prey on sheep and lambs.
They are lively, fun and feisty little terriers, maybe not as crazy as other terriers but they still have the traits. If you are looking for an energetic and active addition to your family or a dog to take out runs or agility classes, this could be your perfect breed.
They need plenty of exercise so as long as you have an energetic life and time to play outdoors and take them on a good daily walk, they are a fantastic addition to your active family. They can cope quite well to apartment living and as long as all their exercise needs are met and are given plenty of playtime. Barking can be an issue with this breed, so you will need to train them to be quiet on command.
They love and are devoted their families and are good with kids, however they have their limits and probably best to avoid if you have young children. For older kids though, they will spend hours running around the back garden with them.
They make great watchdogs and you will always know about who is at the door and anything suspicious or exciting going on outside. As with most terriers they can be a little barky so you may need to train them to be quiet on command. They are un-trusting of strangers and as with most dogs will need good socialisation to combat this.
They should be OK with other dogs but they may be better as the only dog in the household, you might want to avoid two males together. Cats may be OK with if brought up with them. They were bred to hunt small animals so they will normally chase neighbourhood cats with delight and they are quick, so make sure they can’t escape from your garden.
They are intelligent dogs but a little stubborn, they have own ideas about what’s right and wrong. You will need to discover their motivation reward early on for the best results but they should be fairly easy to train and work with. Try to keep training both interesting and fun for the best results and avoid being harsh with them.
They have two coats and are light shedders but they aren’t as low maintenance as other breeds, they need brushing at least weekly. The consistency of their coats means they are suppose to be stripped, this will probably be something for a professional to do, but you could learn this yourself.
Lakeland Terrier Stats
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 follow the fox over rugged peaks and steep cliffs in all weather and when the fox went to ground the Lakeland had to follow and either bolt the fox or kill it underground
- Weight -6kg – 8kg
- Size – 34m – 37cm
- They live for 12-15 years