The Lakeland Terrier is a working dog which can live in any weather, work in any terrain. For a terrier, he is not overly boisterous and as a rule is good-tempered. In earlier days this breed was known by several other names, including Cumberland Terrier, Westmorland Terrier, Colored Working Terrier, Fell Terrier, and Patterdale Terrier. Its main task was to take part in hunts with packs of hounds, over difficult, rocky terrain. Developed in the Lake District in Cumberland in north-west England, this breed is thought by some experts to be the old Black and Tan Terrier in modern form. It looks like a smaller version of the Airedale Terrier.
Lakeland Terriers are busy, active, independent and have a very hardy constitution and few significant health problems. Legg-Calve-Perhtes disease, von Willebrand's disease, epilepsy and allergies are occasionally seen in the breed, but in general, these dogs are long-lived and they live their life joyfully. The Lakeland is usually described as an ideal family dog, affectionate with children, annd suitable both for town and country.
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The Lakeland Terrier belongs to terrier dog group. Early terriers were bred to fight to the death, to never back down even in the face of a physically superior competitor. These traits are still evident in the scrappy, high-energy terriers of today. As a group, terriers are the most difficult dogs to obedience train, and they require daily aerobic exercise. Many terriers do not shed bu need to be hand-stripped or clipped in order to rid them of dead hair. Often this makes them a good choice for people who have mild canine allergies.