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.
Outgoing, playful personality
Protective of family: good watch dog
Good with children
Energetic, active, and athletic
Confident, steady, and fearless
Alert, curious, and busy
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:
Persistent Pupillary Membrane
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