The Lakeland Terrier, hailing from England’s Lake District, was originally bred by farmers to protect their sheep during lambing season. Foxes would often prey on these young lamb, and so Lakelands were entrusted with hunting and killing these foxes before they could do any damage. As you might have guessed, these dogs are very excitable and are quite energetic. Highly intelligent and self-assured, Lakelands love being king of the castle, and so if not properly trained at a young age they may grow to consider themselves the alpha of the house. As such, these dogs can be particularly possessive with both food and toys, further highlighting the importance of early, disciplined training.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Due to their small stature, Lakelands are able to comfortably live in an apartment-type setting. This is provided however that they are trained to do so - these dogs are known to be particularly persistent barkers, which could cause issues with neighbours if proper training is lacking. Exercise wise, it is recommended that Lakelands partake in at least one short walk per day, meaning apartment dwellers should be particularly diligent. As they are terriers and still exhibit hunting instincts, Lakelands are not suited for homes with young children. Additionally, Lakelands can be somewhat aggressive towards other dogs and animals, and so caution is recommended when going for walks in areas where these encounters may take place.
Common Health Issues
Legg-Perthes Disease, Von Willebrand's Disease (vWD), Lens Luxation, Distichiasis.