The Lakeland Terrier: A Complete Guide

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The Lakeland Terrier is cheerful and energetic. But like any other terrier, he can be willful and determined.

Nonetheless, his people are enchanted by his charm, intelligence, and sense of humor. Lakeland Terriers have a lot of courage and confidence.

They generally get along well with children and other dogs but are reserved with strangers. Being terriers, they are prone to chasing small animals.

It’s advisable to socialize them with cats and other small animals from an early age. Lakeland Terriers can be challenging to housetrain.

They have their own ideas about what makes proper behavior, which may not be what you have in mind. Some like to dig, bark quite a lot, and guard their toys and food.

Therefore, they need to have firm, patient training from an early age.

They are very smart dogs, so make sure that your training is varied so that your Lakeland Terrier will always be challenged.

Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier is a very smart dog.

You must also be fair in your training techniques. All terriers have a sense of fairness and are willing to be corrected when it is merited.

But if you correct them harshly, they will most likely growl and get rebellious.

Using proper training techniques, you’ll find that your Lakeland Terrier is quick to learn.

Because he has a great deal of energy, you might want to consider training him for obedience or agility.

Lakeland Terriers are small dogs, so it would seem that they would be good for apartment dwellers.

Unfortunately, their propensity for barking might rule that out, unless you put in the time to train them to be quiet.

Grooming them is moderately time-consuming. Their coat needs brushing at least two times a week and periodically stripped to keep the coat in good condition.

Lakeland Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

What Price are Lakeland Terrier Puppies?

The price of Lakeland Terrier puppies is anywhere between $1,200 to $1,800.

How to Find Reputable Lakeland Terrier Breeders?

A reputable breeder is concerned with the betterment of their breed. They focus their efforts on the breed’s health and development.

They sell their puppies at high prices to cover their costs and to screen buyers to ensure they can afford appropriate care for their new puppy.

These breeders also ask a purchase contract that includes a spay and neuter clause, a guarantee on the health of the puppy, and an agreement to return the puppy if you are no longer able to care for them.

Well-bred dogs are featured in dog shows, so they’re a great place to get referrals to quality breeders.

A reputable breeder will have a lot of good references and they won’t mind giving them to you.

Veterinarians see plenty of purebred dogs come through their practice and they are familiar with their veterinary history. Don’t hesitate to ask them for breeder referrals.

Dog organizations or breed clubs will also be aware of local legitimate breeders known for producing healthy dogs.

If you have friends who are familiar with the Lakeland Terrier or who have a healthy Lakeland Terrier, ask them for a referral to their breeder.

3 Little-Known Facts About Lakeland Terrier Puppies

  1. The Lakeland Terrier hails from the county of Cumberland in Lake District, England near the Scottish border.
  2. The Lakeland Terrier was first classified as colored working terriers to differentiate them from white terriers.
  3. Lakelands Terriers are related to several terrier breeds, including the Old English Black and Tan Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont and Bedlington Terriers, and the Border Terrier. They are one of the oldest working terrier breeds still in use today.

Traits of the Lakeland Terrier

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The Lakeland Terrier loves to run freely.

The Lakeland Terrier is a sturdy dog with a narrow body. This allows him to slip inside the vermin’s dens.

A Lakeland Terrier is of square proportions and should be sturdy and workmanlike in his appearance. The neck is long, leading into high withers and a short topline.

The tail is almost always docked and set high. His V-shaped ears that fold over, and his eyes are dark, thoughtful, and alert.

The head is long and rectangular in appearance and sports long, bushy hair.

He has a wiry and dense coat that comes in black, black and tan, red grizzle, red, liver, wheaten, liver and blue, blue and tan, or grizzle and tan.

The unique furnishing of hair on the legs gives them a cylindrical appearance, and the Lakeland Terrier is often described as appearing to walk on his toes.

Lakeland Terriers do not shed a lot, but his shedding can be reduced a lot more when you keep their coat properly stripped.

Stripping may be done by hand or with a stripping knife.

If you don’t plan on showing them, you can simply be clip their coat, but it will change the coat’s texture. It will also lighten the coat color.

Weekly combing and brushing of the coat will keep it neat, shiny, and healthy. It will also help distribute the excess oil.

Lakeland Terriers only need to be bathed as required.

Check the ears on a regular basis for signs of wax buildup, irritation, or infection.

Make sure that you clean their ears with a veterinarian-approved cleanser and some cotton balls. Never use a cotton swab when cleaning your dog’s ears, though.

Their teeth should also be brushed regularly to boost gum health, prevent tartar buildup, and prevent bad breath.

Trim the nails every month if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally outdoors.

How Big is a Full-Grown Lakeland Terrier?

The compact and athletic Lakeland Terrier is usually 13 ½ to 14 ½ inches tall and weighs 15 to 17 pounds.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Lakeland Terrier?

The life expectancy of the Lakeland Terrier is 12 to 15 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Lakeland Terrier

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The Lakeland Terrier is always ready for a good play.

Like all terriers, the Lakeland Terrier is a courageous dog with a big heart.

He loves to run and chase, and he thrives on outdoor activity. He will play with the zeal of a puppy, even as an adult.

The Lakeland Terrier is a wonderful family dog and enjoys being around older and well-behaved kids.

He is reserved with strangers but is generally not aggressive toward people.

Even if these dogs love being with people, they have an independent nature and can be quite tough to handle.

Lakeland Terriers are quite smart and can be quickly trained. However, they like to do things on their own terms, so you will need to be very patient.

Make sure that your training sessions are short and varied to keep them engaged all throughout.

Lakeland Terriers will not respond to a wishy-washy leader. If their boundaries are not consistent, they will take that as a cue that they are the king and you are his subject.

Always train your Lakeland Terrier with a positive attitude and lots of praise because harsh treatment will backfire.

The Lakeland Terrier’s Diet

Depending on how old, how big, and how active your Lakeland Terrier is, you will need to feed him between 150 grams and 200 grams of good quality dry food every day, split into two meals.

Choose a dog food that offers a well-balanced nutrient content. Restrict the availability of treats to prevent weight gain.

How Much Exercise Does a Lakeland Terrier Need?

Lakeland Terriers are high energy dogs with lots of stamina. They are not lazy lapdogs and should not be kept in an apartment.

Lakeland Terriers need lots of yard space to run in and will want to be outdoors as much as possible.

They should have different daily activities because he gets bored easily.

Walks, trips to the park, games of catch in the yard, and games of tag with children are all things that they will participate in with great earnest.

If possible, owners should consider enrolling their Lakeland Terrier in agility training because this will keep their minds and bodies sharp.

This breed needs to have both physical and mental stimulation. If these requirements are not met, they can grow destructive and anxious.

Lakeland Terrier Health and Conditions

The Lakeland Terrier is prone to minor health concerns like distichiasis and lens luxation.
Some major health issues include von Willebrand’s Disease and Legg-Perthes disease.

A thorough eye exam is also recommended for the Lakeland Terrier.

My Final Thoughts on the Lakeland Terrier

Like all terrier breeds, the Lakeland Terrier is a fearless dog with a heart of gold.
He loves to run freely, roam, and chase.

He likes engaging in lots of outdoor activity and will play with the enthusiasm of a puppy.

Lakeland Terriers are terrific family dogs and love the company of children.

They can be aloof with strangers, but they are not aggressive toward people in general.

As much as they love being with people, Lakeland Terriers have an independent streak and will do their own thing every once in a while.

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Written by Emily Green

Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 2 dogs; Bilbo and Hannah, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she's not nerding out on dogs, you'll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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