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Lakeland Terrier

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Group: Terrier - Breed Standard

Origins

In 1925 the breed attained homogeneity following a cross-breeding with the Fox Terrier and the Airedale Terrier. The Lakeland Terrier is suitable for fox and rabbit hunting and for sheep predator control.

In the Lake District of the UK, the mountainous, rocky terrain is unsuitable for hunting fox on horseback and foxes were hunted on foot. It has been suggestd that the lakeland terrier's great stamina derives from running all day with the hounds, unlike his close cousin, the fox terrier, who would have been carried in a saddle bag to be released only when the fox had gone to earth.

The working dog version of the Lakeland is often know as the Fell Terrier or Patterdale Terrier.

Description

Height not exceeding 37 cms (14½ ins) at shoulder. Average weight: dogs: 8 kgs (17 lbs); bitches: 7 kgs (15 lbs).

The breed is similar to the Welsh Terrier and has thick, hard hair that is coloured black and tan, blue and tan, red-gray, red, wheat, liver, blue, or black. They have an upright tail. They are known for their minimal shedding of hair.

Character/Temperament

The dogs are friendly, bold, and confident. Shyness is very atypical, as is aggressiveness.

Training

Intelligent and independent minded, especially when going after prey, they are quick to learn but hard to train! See our books on training


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