Lakeland Terrier general features, temperament, health

Lakeland Terrier dog breed face

FCI # 70, Origin: Great Britain, Group 3.1 Terriers. Large and medium-sized Terriers.

Height: average of 14 in, Weight: 15-17 pounds

Grooming: High, Shedding: Medium, Coat: Double coat with the softer undercoat.

Color: Solid or saddle black, red, blue,liver, wheaten.

Ease of training: Medium, Energy level: Medium, Span of life: 12-16 years.

Breed: Lake District of England has always been known for working terriers. This is an area where travelling is difficult, and life is going in limited areas among mountains and lakes and in each area, hunters and loggers have developed a working terrier and they called them by the name of their region: Cumberland, Patterdale and many more. But no matter how the terrier of a Lake District was named, there is no doubt about his ancient lineage. This breed has not stopped it's existence since the early 18 th century. In the picture with a view of a Lowther Castle, owned by Lord Lonsdale, dated 1693, there are painted two of such a dogs of blue color, hunting with hounds. Pedigrees were carefully recorded, and these records show that these terriers were bred continuously and diligently since 1732.

Many Lakeland Terriers have a big part of the Bedlington Terrier blood. Tommy Dobson, the founder of an Annerdale and Aksdale hunting, was mating his terriers for hunting passion and courage with the chocolate Bedlington Terrier, born in Egremont in 1880 to get brave and hardy dogs. Indeed, many breeders of Lakeland Terriers today attributed the appearance of a chocolate color with black and tan by the genes of a Lakeland Terriers introduced by Tommy Dobson's crosses with the chocolate Bedlington. It is also often accompanied by subtle and silky hair, which provides quite poor protection from the weather.

Certainly very obvious is the fact that in the veins of Lakeland Terrier there is also a blood of an Irish Terrier. Along with their owners in 1900-ies, this dogs came to the north of England. Of course, not without the participation of the Fox Terrier, earlier there were cases of the birth of the white puppies from black and tan parents. But the crosses with the Welsh Terriers were not welcome and their mahogany red color in the standard of a Lakeland Terrier is marked as atypical.

In 1912 in Keswick there was a meeting of a few breeders of show type working terriers. Apparently, this event was the starting point in the history of the breed and in this time appeared the name "Lakeland Terrier". It was proposed that the other terrier breeds should be introduced within the blood line of the working terrier as a means of improvement in this time period. There was always a demand for a good working terrier, so that his exterior for most of the owners was irrelevant. Over time, the growth of interest in a stronger terrier has led to the formation of the Lakeland Terrier Association.

In 1921, the fanciers of the breed met in Whiteheaven, Cumberland County. Thomas Hosking offered to give the name of the Lakeland Terrier oficially to the breed.

Lakeland Terrier dog breeds

In 1928, the breed was officially recognized by the Kennel Club. Since then, breeders have made a great efforts to bring it to a stable type. By purchasing the best that could be bought for money, selection work became the basis of a plan of breeding. Infusion of other breeds had the desired effect, and the enthusiasm of the breeders in establishing the purity of the Lakeland Terrier has grown substantially. From time to time, as the records are saying, there were some unplanned returns to the Bedlington blood, which was originally used to improve the working terrier. This is especially manifested in the form of short (crew cut) hair on the back, fluffy coat on the body and tapering legs. These dogs were discarded and disassembled with enthusiasm by those who needed a working terriers. During that period, the development of Lakeland Terrier was obvious to anyone who saw these dogs. The first female who became a champion was Egton Lady of the Lake, breeder J.J. Crellin. Her full sister had a reputation of a brilliant working dog, according to the memoirs of one of the experts, there was no better terrier - pursuer and beater. Can anyone get a better praise?

In 1967, another Lakeland Terrier became the best dog in Crufts. At this time it was Stingray of Derryabah (owned by Wilf and Betty Postlethwaite). A few weeks later, he was acquired in the kennel of Lakeland terriers and Smooth Fox Terriers named Foxden in Connecticut, USA, owned by James Farrell, Jr. and his wife. Ensnared in the capable hands of a professional handler Peter Green, Stingray of Derryabah in the following year was considered to be the winner of the North American analogue of the Crufts - Westminster dog show, held annually in New York.

Stingray of Derryabah is the only dog ever reaches such heights, and his descendants have repeatedly won in the U.S. The Westminster Cup, which was won by Stingray of Derryabah, was handed over by the American Club to the British Club on the centenary of Crufts and currently occupies a worthy place in the Kennel Club Museum.

General Features: Lakeland Terrier is sturdily built, square format, proportional working dog. Head of straight lines, length of the muzzle is equal to the length of the skull. Lakeland Terrier has a doublecoat: guard hair is tight, tough, waterproof. The undercoat is soft. Color of a Lakeland Terrier may be red with blue or black saddle, red, wheaten, red with gray, reddish-brown, blue or black.

By the shape of his body the Lakeland reminds Fox or Welsh Terrier, but in fact he belongs to completely another breed of Terriers.


Lakeland Terrier dog breed photo

Temperament: Of all the terriers Lakeland is the most affectionate dog and he adapts quickly to the new house. His ancestors have lived with people in the mountains, they had to get along with many pets, including the big dogs that would just eat them, if Lakeland Terriers were showing their aggression or desire to lead. To live in a pack of dogs, small Lakelands had to be really courageous, or how would they protect themselves? Obviously, they had enough common sense to choose the right demeanor in confronting the stronger brethren. And while everyone knows that defeat is easier with the joined forces, the companionable qualities of this dogs are perfect.

They say "the dog's mind belong to man", only man can recognize behind a good-looking, amiable appearance of this "plush toys" a heart of a lion, which can be fiercely protecting from the enemies his beloved family. This is a typical trait of all hunting terriers.

Compared with the other breeds, Lakelands are the ideal of beauty. This is his advantage, but for the breeders the superiority of exterior only is not enough. They wanted to fix in this dog all  best hunting qualities: flair, passion in work, toughness and endurance in the persecution of the beast.

This dog is extremely hardy: Lakeland Terrier easily overcomes an infinite number of miles traveling to the mountains and the accompanying the bicycle trips of his owner. Of course, the proper upbringing of the dog affects his strength and endurance. Your foster child may not have that particular hardness that would be required from him on the hunt. Lakeland is a congenital fox hunter, in these moments is manifested not just blind rage, but his skill to achieve the goals. Well, in the family Lakeland is a great friend. He likes to live in a house when there is enough opportunity to run. If the walk is taking place in your garden, he will drive along the fence until you get tired. Young Lakeland in his thick winter coat looks short-legged, but in reality he has a long legs to run fast.

Those who love dogs and are looking for a true friend will certainly find it in the Lakeland Terrier - loving and affectionate, gentle with children, reliable home friend, a charming and playful companion to spend your free time.

Adult Pyrenean Mastiff does not require too much of a dog food. Ration depends on the amount of work the dog has to do. The ability to adapt in this breed is very high, they are hardy, undemanding and can adapt to almost any conditions. Yet it is desirable to take into account the history and the purpose of the breed and not to make the Pyrenean Mastiff just some sort of a giant lap-dog.

Health problems: Generally the Lakeland Terrier is a healthy breed

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