lake land terrier
cut 37 cm at the maximum withers. 7.7 kg for males, 6.8 kg for females.
hair Dense and weatherproof, harsh with a good undercoat.
dress Black and tan, blue and tan, red, wheaten, greyish red, brown (liver), blue or black. Small touches of white on the feet and chest are allowed, but not desired. Mahogany and deep fawn are not typical colors.
eyes Dark or hazelnut color. Eyes set obliquely are a defect.
tail Previously the custom was to dock the tail. Docked Tail: Well set on, carried gaily but not over the back or curled. Uncropped Tail: Well set on, carried gaily but not over the back or curled. It is proportionate to the rest of the body.
behaviour Cheerful and fearless; lively expression; speed of movement; always awake. Bold, friendly and confident.
federation FCI Nomenclature Group 3, Section 1, No. 70
The Lakeland Terrier is one of many breeds of Terriers that originated in the Lake District of North East England. It is a descendant of the ancient English black and tan terrier, once used in the countryside to hunt pests. The Lakeland Terrier emerged in the 1800s in the English region of Cumberland, close to the Scottish border. The breed is related to other terrier breeds, and it is one of the oldest working terrier breeds still in use today. Besides the ancient black and tan English Terrier, its ancestors include the early Dandie Dinmont Terriers, the Bedlington Terrier and the Border Terrier. For generations, Lakeland has been used in the Lake District to exterminate foxes that preyed on newborn lambs during lambing season. While most other terrier breeds were content to grab their prey by running or barking to "house" pests, the Lakeland was employed to kill the fox in its burrow. The qualities of courage, combativeness and aggressiveness which result from this for the breed are nevertheless compatible with those which are expected today from a companion dog, calm and pleasant.
Around 1925, the breed began to achieve a good level of homogeneity, after crossbreeding with the Fox Terrier and the Airedale Terrier. The British Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1928 and it was shown to the public in competitions held by the Lakeland Terrier Club (later Lakeland Terrier Society), under the auspices of the Kennel Club, from 1932. The configuration of the region of the lakes, the cradle of the breed, very mountainous and with very rocky terrain, prohibited hunting the fox on horseback, forcing the inhabitants to practice hunting on foot. Unlike the Fox Terrier, which was carried in a bag tied to the horse's saddle and let loose the moment the fox was cornered, the Lakeland had to walk great distances alongside hounds, which may explain its enthusiasm and resistance. . The working version of the Lakeland is known as the Fell Terrier or Patterdale Terrier.
The Lakeland is a dog with a friendly, cheerful, fearless and confident temperament. Shyness is a truly atypical trait for the breed, as is aggression. This dog is intelligent, but also independent. He is easy to train and learns very quickly, despite a propensity for "selective deafness" when his attention is distracted. The Lakeland is a discreet dog, which does not bark without reason. IT will seek to satisfy its owner or trainer, but will not hesitate to assume a dominant role if given the opportunity. The Lakeland is still suitable today for fox and rabbit hunting. It remains a very effective pest hunter.