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Lakeland Terrier

Breed origin: England
Original purpose: Bred to hunt vermin in the rugged shale mountains of the Lake District of northern England.

AKC recognized: 1934
AKC group: Terrier

Size: Weight: around 17 lbs
Size: Height: males around 14½ inches; females around 13½ inches
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Color: Various. Solid colors include blue, black, liver, red, and wheaten. Saddle marked dogs are wheaten or golden tan with a saddle that's blue, black, liver, or varying shades of grizzle.

Life span: 14 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Lakeland Terrier is bold, gay, confident, alert, independent, inquisitive, and friendly. They have a good sense of humor and make good companions for active families. They are quick learners, but because of their independence, they can be challenging to obedience train.

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Good with children? Yes with well-behaved children.

Hypoallergenic? Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.

Good watchdog? Yes

Intelligent? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, field, hunting

Grooming requirement: Brush and comb once a week for 15 to 30 minutes. They shed minimally, but need to be hand stripped periodically. Bathe only when necessary.

Known health problems: Dystocia.

Recommended books for further reading:

Lakeland Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Patricia Peters and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2005
158 pages

The Lakeland Terrier
By Sean Frain
Published in 2007
224 pages

Lakeland Terriers
By Seymour N. Weiss
Published in 1993
192 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
United States Lakeland Terrier Club
Wikipedia breed information page
United States Lakeland Terrier Club Rescue

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