Lakeland Terrier

     

Intro

In brief the Lakeland terrier can be described as a small but sturdy dog. This dog comes in square shape and in many ways resembles the Welsh terrier. The head is balanced atop of the lean shoulders and is of rectangular shape. The muzzle of this dog is long and strong, being of almost equal length with the head. The color of the nose in most cases is black. It can however be liver color in dogs of a lighter shade. The common eye colors include hazel, black and brown. The front legs seem to be well served with muscles as opposed to those of the back. The chest of the dog is muscular too to enable the dog move swiftly if there is need. The teeth may be level or meet at an overlapping scissors bite.

Appearance

The Lakeland terrier is a dog that has a double coat. The undercoat is smooth and soft while the outer coat is tough and wiry. The common coat colors include, black, wheaten, blue and liver. In most cases, puppies are born black and colors may change as they grow. The tail is set high on the back and is docked. The average height of the dog ought not exec 14.5 inches for an adult dog. The weight on the other hand is between 15 – 17 pounds depending on the sex.

Temperament

The Lakeland terrier is commonly common as an alert dog that is affectionate, loving and cheerful. This I a dog that loves to be in the company of the children and people that it loves. He Lakeland terrier is a dog that approves of its masters choice of friends and is quick to warm up top strangers.

This is a very intelligent, confident and brave dog. Training is always an exciting time as the dog is eager to know what it is being taught to get the approval of its master. The Lakeland terrier loves to dig and bark too, thus the most preferable homestead is one that has a little area to allow for the exercise and without being a nuisance.

One challenge that owners of this dog may be faced with would be housebreaking, in that they take too long to learn where to go and not to go. Leadership is quite important for the Lakeland terrier when the dog starts barking obsessively or for any other behavior problem.

Health Problems

This breed is healthy in general.

Mortality

The average lifespan of this dog is 10 – 12 years, though cases of as much as 16 years have been reported.

Grooming

Regular brushing of the Lakeland’s terrier hair coat is recommended. Pulling out the hair by hand every quarter of the year is recommended to help remove the loose hair that is on the dog. Trimming of the hair below the feet is recommended.

Origin

The history of this breed is traced back to the 1800’s, coming from being named Patterdale terrier. The relatives of this dog are the Bedlington terrier and the Old English Wirehaired Terrier. It was in those days used for preventing animals from destroying farm crops. It was recognized as a breed by the AKC in 1934.