History & Overview
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:
- Colored Working Terrier
- Cumberland Terrier
- Fell Terrier
- Patterdale Terrier
- Westmorland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier belongs to the 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.
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.
The Lakeland is usually described as an ideal family dog, affectionate with children, and suitable both for town and country.
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 to rid them of dead hair. Often this makes them a good choice for people who have mild canine allergies.
Known Health Risks
Lakeland Terriers are busy, active, independent and have a very hardy constitution and few significant health problems. Legg-Calve-Perthes 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.