Patterdale Terrier, Fell Terrier, Wetsmorland Terrier, Working Terrier
In the 19th century, there were several different names for the Lakeland Terrier. From the Working Terrier, to Fell Terrier, Patterdale Terrier and even Westmorland Terrier, he officially became the Lakeland Terrier in 1912, and this name has survived till today.
Quick Overview of the Lakeland Terrier
- Cheerful and lively
- Always on alert
- Compact and well-proportioned
- A gait that reveals his liveliness
- Nice and friendly feeling
- Hard and dense coat
- No congenital diseases
- No particular tare
- Rarely ill
Temperament of the Lakeland Terrier
The Lakeland Terrier can live everywhere and with all types of owners. He makes a pleasant companion for the entire family. He is very playful with children and loves all members of the household, except other pets; he does not really appreciate cohabitation.
Sociable and affectionate with his family, he is very reserved with strangers, and can even be aggressive if the intrusion is pronounced. He always starts with deterrence, but if this doesn't work, he will have no problem using his aggressiveness to defend his own.
Usually calm and balanced, he warns first, but makes sure that his warning is well respected.
Stubborn and rather obstinate, he needs a firm, adequate education that is commensurate with his strong temperament. Rigor must be present, but excluding any form of injustice.
His education must be undertaken as soon as possible, as his socialization, which should not amplify his natural reserve of strangers, already well rooted in his character.
The Lakeland Terrier has a compact and well-proportioned physique. This lively, workable dog has a balanced gait, showing his liveliness and travel speed.
Always alert and self-confident, he gives a nice and friendly impression. He is very similar to the Welsh Terrier, with a more slender bone structure and smaller size.
Between 35 and 38 cm (13.78 to 14.96 inches) for the male
Between 34 and 37 cm (13.39 to 14.57 inches) for the female
Between 7 and 8 kg (15.43 to 17.64 pounds) for the male
Between 7 and 8 kg (15.43 to 17.64 pounds) for the female
His coat is permitted in several color options, including black and red, blue and red, red, greyish red, wheat, brown, blue or black.
He sometimes has small white spots on his chest and feet.
His harsh coat is dense and very weather resistant. He has a silky undercoat.
His head has a very refined look and flat skull. His eyes are generally of a beautiful very dark hazelnut color.
His small v-shaped ears are set neither too high nor too low and are carried lively.
The nose of his broad muzzle is brown or black, depending on the color of the coat.
His tail, usually shortened, is carried cheerfully. In its natural state, it is in harmony with the rest of the body.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 3, section 1 and is #70
Characteristics of the Lakeland Terrier
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Formidable hunting dog, he is endowed with great strength and measured aggressiveness, necessary for confronting prey that is stronger and larger than him.
He is very agile and can easily jump without momentum. He is perfect to accompany all hunters but his aggressiveness at work can sometimes cause fights with other dogs.
This marvelous canine specimen, once highly appreciated for hunting, is nowadays very much in demand as a companion dog.
His wonderful qualities as a companion, alarm and protection dog increased his popularity.
Magnificently adapted to the harsh climate of his native region and weather resistant, he can easily live outdoors as well as indoors.
Health of the Lakeland Terrier
The breed does not suffer from any congenital disease, nor is any particular flaw attributed to it. Specimens are rarely ill and generally enjoy excellent health.
The Lakeland Terrier is able to withstand very cold temperatures, being accustomed to the harsh climate of his region of origin. He will live a very long time.
His coat is easy to maintain. An occasional brushing is enough to ensure a nice look and essential cleanliness.
However, show dogs require a little more work, as the hair needs to be removed at least two to three times a year. For the others, however, no other particular maintenance is necessary.
History of this breed
Originally from the North of Great Britain, more precisely from Westmorland and Cumberland in the 1800s, he was formerly called the Patterdale Terrier.
He comes from the result obtained by crossing the Old English Terrier, the Border-Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and the Bedlington.
The lake region was at that time populated by numerous foxes that ate rabbits, chickens and other game. Land unreachable by horseback made it very difficult to hunt foxes.
The English therefore decided to create a breed of dog that could accompany them in fox hunting, but on foot. These ancient hunting dogs are the ancestors of the Lakeland Terrier, whose name comes from the strait formed by the lakes of the English coast regions.
Necessity, and not for sport like most other dogs in the Terrier category, was the main reason for the creation of this very specific category of Terrier.
The English Kennel Club recognized him in 1921 and it was in 1934 that he made his official entry into the American Kennel Club. He is also recognized by the FCI.
The Lakeland Terrier is a true Terrier at heart, making an excellent all-round hunting dog that can penetrate burrows to indicate game location or simply dislodge it. He also has great companionship, guarding and alarming skills.
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