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Lakeland Terrier

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An Energetic and Curious Dog

Outgoing, Athletic, Watchdog

Lakeland Terriers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Lakeland Terriers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Lakeland Terrier and some can be quite irritating! Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.



Breed Details

Height:13.5-14.5" Weight:17-20 lbs Lifespan:12-16 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
4

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
1

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
3

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
1

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: The Lakeland Terrier is a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep the mind and body active, or they will get bored. They also have a high prey drive, so they need to be leash walked and a sturdy fence is a must.

Grooming: Brush coat as needed, at least weekly. Twice a year stripping or clipping is also required for the wiry double coat.

Dental: Lakeland Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


The Lakeland Terrier is a tireless worker who is courageous on the hunt, but loving and playful with the family.

Positive Traits:

  • Outgoing, playful personality

  • Protective of family: good watch dog

  • Good with children

  • Energetic, active, and athletic

  • Confident, steady, and fearless

  • Alert, curious, and busy

Negative Traits:

  • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

  • Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance

  • Needs daily exercise

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively

  • Likes to dig

Whether you are considering adding a new Lakeland Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Lakeland Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Lakeland Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. Your dog is counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Lakeland Terrier could encounter:

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Displaced Lens

Persistent Pupillary Membrane

Hip Necrosis

Bleeding Disorders

Heart Disease

Megaesophagus

Underbite

Thyroid Disease

Retained Testicle


The Lakeland Terrier originated in England in the 1800’s. They were bred as fox and otter hunters that would also control vermin and guard sheep. The Lakeland is known for incredible bravery and loyalty. Lakies form close bonds with their family and are great playmates for children. They can be independent thinkers that are highly active and even mischievous. The Lakeland Terrier is a friendly, lively, and cheerful family companion.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Lakeland Terrier shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

  • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

  • Tubular vomit, undigested food

  • Underbite, drooling, dropping food

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Care

    Routine Care: The Lakeland Terrier is a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep the mind and body active, or they will get bored. They also have a high prey drive, so they need to be leash walked and a sturdy fence is a must.

    Grooming: Brush coat as needed, at least weekly. Twice a year stripping or clipping is also required for the wiry double coat.

    Dental: Lakeland Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    The Lakeland Terrier is a tireless worker who is courageous on the hunt, but loving and playful with the family.

    Positive Traits:

    • Outgoing, playful personality

    • Protective of family: good watch dog

    • Good with children

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    • Confident, steady, and fearless

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    Negative Traits:

    • Sees cats and small animals as prey unless trained otherwise

    • Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance

    • Needs daily exercise

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively

    • Likes to dig

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Lakeland Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Lakeland Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Lakeland Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. Your dog is counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Lakeland Terrier could encounter:

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Displaced Lens

    Persistent Pupillary Membrane

    Hip Necrosis

    Bleeding Disorders

    Heart Disease

    Megaesophagus

    Underbite

    Thyroid Disease

    Retained Testicle


  • History

    The Lakeland Terrier originated in England in the 1800’s. They were bred as fox and otter hunters that would also control vermin and guard sheep. The Lakeland is known for incredible bravery and loyalty. Lakies form close bonds with their family and are great playmates for children. They can be independent thinkers that are highly active and even mischievous. The Lakeland Terrier is a friendly, lively, and cheerful family companion.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Lakeland Terrier shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

    • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

    • Tubular vomit, undigested food

    • Underbite, drooling, dropping food

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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