Lakeland terriers were originally bred as hunting dogs. Today they are mostly companion dogs.
Their story began in The Lake District of England. They were bred as farm and hunting dogs.
They hunted both pests and practiced hive-jacking (a form of hunting where they lure prey out of their den).
This form of hunting requires a number of qualities, including courage and independence. These traits are still found in the Lakeland terrier.
Although they still have hunting instincts, today they are mostly used as companion dogs. Many also choose to use them as show dogs.
Upbringing and training of Lakeland terriers
The upbringing of Lakeland terriers is considered to be relatively simple. They are adaptable and docile dogs. But you should expect some stubbornness and independence.
The hunting instincts can be challenging to deal with too, as they tend to chase small animals. It is therefore recommended to be an experienced dog owner before getting a Lakeland terrier.
They have a medium level of activity. You do not have to walk for hours every day, but of course, they need a walk. Another way you can activate them is to participate in dog sports - for example, agility.
How much maintenance?
Lakeland terriers do not shed, but require some care.
Expect weekly brushing, and trimming 2-4 times a year.
Lakeland terrier has good health
In general, their health is good with a life expectancy of up to 17 years.
There are no known hereditary diseases associated with the breed.