The Lakeland Terrier originated in England and was first called the Patterdale Terrier. They were used to hunt den animals like badger and rabbit, and also hunted in water as well. Because they were bred in the mountainous terrain of the Lake District, Lakeland's have enormous stamina and the ability to run well over uneven terrain. Unlike many other terriers, the Lakeland not only had to have the ability to run down their prey, but they also must be strong enough to kill it, especially fox. Their ancestors are the Fox Terrier and the Airedale Terrier.
Today Lakeland's are a great family dog. They get along very well with children and are very loving and affectionate with their people. They are very courageous and suspicious of strangers, and because of this they make a great watchdog. They definitely have a sense of humor and do a great job in the role of "family entertainer".
Because of their high intelligence and terrier independence, Lakeland's can be a bit difficult to train. If you want to succeed with them, the training needs to be interesting and varied, or they'll get bored and move on to something more amusing, like digging in your flowerbeds or barking at the neighbors. They are, however, quite the charmer, so if they do get into trouble one look from them and you'll be apt to forgive anything!
Lakeland's are a very healthy breed and aren't overly prone to any diseases like some other breeds. They don't require heavy grooming or brushing.
If you would like more information about this great little breed, you can visit American Kennel Club at www.akc.org. If you would like information on adopting a Lakeland Terrier in dire need of a loving family, you can visit the United States Lakeland Terrier Club at www.uslakelandterrier.org or PetFinder.com.
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