Lakeland Terriers were originally bred to hunt and kill the foxes that preyed on sheep during the lambing season in Northern England’s Lake District.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Lakeland Terrier.
The Lakeland Terrier was originally developed to hunt the foxes that were killing English farmers' sheep. Farmers would take the Lakeland Terriers hunting in packs, along with a couple of hound dogs. Lakeland Terriers were also used to hunt otters and vermin.
The Lakeland Terrier is named for the Lake District of England, also known as Lakeland. Before he was called the Lakeland Terrier, he was known by many different names, including the Fell, Cumberland, Westmoreland, and Patterdale Terrier.
Did you know that the Lakeland terrier coat comes in 10 different colors? The colors are black and tan, black, blue, blue and tan, wheaton, liver, liver and tan, tan grizzle, red and red grizzle. When the puppies are little their hair is soft and curly and changes by the time they reach adulthood. They are usually dark when they are born and turn lighter as they get older.
Lakeland Terriers are well-balanced, compact and small dogs that boast a sturdy and strong look about them. Their heads are refined with terriers boasting powerful muzzles and strong jaws. their noses are a nice black colour although in liver coated terriers, the nose matches the coat. Their eyes are either dark or hazel and their ears are V-shaped and moderately small which these terriers carry very alert. The Lakeland Terrier has a strong jaw with a perfect scissor bite where their upper teeth neatly overlap their lower ones.
5) Always Alert
Always alert and ready to go, he has strong working instincts and loves to exercise outdoors. Unfortunately, his curiosity and tenacity can get him into tight spots (literally) unless your fences are secure and he is well supervised.
The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom lists Lakeland Terriers as a threatened native breed. Only 220 puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2016. The number of Lakeland Terriers in the United States is also low.
7) Ball Collection
A Lakeland Terrier named Waffle lives in Newton Abbot, England and has a collection of more than 1,000 balls that she started accumulating as a puppy. Some of the balls are almost as big as she is, and she howls whenever her owner tries to get rid of any of them. Waffle's owner ended up using her terrier's collecting habit as a way of raising money for charity.
Lakelands are a good choice as family dogs, but they are not the best choice for first time owners because they need to be trained and handled by people who are familiar with the breed or this type of hyper active terrier. Males can be a little aggressive towards other dogs, but their female counterparts tend to be more relaxed when they first meet any dogs.
9) Around Children
Lakelands are highly adaptable terriers and as such they are perfectly at home in a family environment and if anything they thrive on being involved in everything that goes on in a household. They are happy characters by nature and generally behave nicely around children. However, any interaction between dogs and the kids has to be supervised by an adult to make sure playtime does not get too boisterous.
Like all terriers, Lakelands must be taught at an early age that they are not the rulers of the world. The toughness that makes them suited to killing vermin can frustrate you when you try to teach them anything. Terriers can be stubborn and dominant (they want to be the boss). You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.