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Breeds

Breed Name: Lakeland Terrier


History

Believed to of been created by crossing the Bedlington Terrier, Fox Terrier, Airedale Terrier and Old English Wirehaird Terrier bloodlines together back in the 1800s, the Lakeland Terrier is one of the oldest Terrier breeds to still exist today. Born in the Lake District of England, this breed was bred for tracking down and hunting vermin, keeping them off of their owners farmland. Today, this breed is still used for hunting, tracking and being a watchdog.

Appearance

Both males and females only measuring a maximum of 14 inches in height and weighing between 15-17 pounds in weight, the Lakeland Terrier is quite petite. Built extremely sturdy and rectangular in appearance, the Lakeland Terrier has two triangular ears that sit directly ontop of the skull and are folded three quarters of the way down. A double coat that is wiry to the touch and curly in appearance, is only available in blue, black, liver, red and tan. Typically this breed has a professional grooming cut that is approximately two to three inches in length covering the entire body evenly. Their two round eyes are available in dark brown, hazel or black and their nose is only available in black. A fun fact about this breed that many do not know, is that the Lakeland Terrier is commonly born solid black, often changing in color as it grows.

Temperament

Suitable for homes with older children and the elderly, however not recommended for households with other dogs or non canine pets. The Lakeland Terrier is a very alert, active, and strong minded breed to own, as it is a Terrier breed. They require a strong, confident and consistent owner who only uses positive reinforcement training methods. This breed is known for its barking and being difficult to house train. Though this breed is not recommended for everyone, those who are the right owner for the breed will enjoy the fun they will have with the Lakeland Terrier if it is properly trained. This breed is suitable for both apartment and country living, however in either situation needs plenty of daily exercise mentally and physically to remain a healthy well being both mentally and physically. Classes such as fly ball, agility, and tracking are highly recommended for this breed.

Grooming

Unlike other breeds, the Lakeland Terrier requires his or her coat to be "plucked" every 6 months or so. Daily brushing is needed to eliminate knots and mating from forming in this curly coat. Bathe when needed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Lakeland Terrier to ensure that this is the correct breed for you and your family and that you are able to make a life long commitment to your new family member! A properly fenced in area is highly recommended for this breed while outdoors. Do not add a new dog to your home unless you are able to provide both physically and financially for the life of your new pet. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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