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Description of Lakeland Terrier

´╗┐The Breed History

The breed derives its name from the Lake District of England where early development of the breed took place. This breed is considered one of the original terrier breeds. The Lakeland shares ancestors with the Bedlington, Patterdale, and Border Terriers. Perhaps the extinct Black and Tan Terrier was a progenitor. The first breed standard was drawn up in 1921. Registration in AKC occurred in 1934.

Breeding for Function

They were raised primarily for fox and otter hunting. They were renowned for going deep underground. These terriers were also used for vermin control and for guarding sheep flocks.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 13-15" (33-38 cm), male 14-15" (35.5-38 cm)

Weight: males 17 lb (7.5 kg), females 15 lb (7 kg)

Coat: The double weather resistant coat is harsh and wiry, straight to slightly wavy in the outer coat layer, and the undercoat is dense and soft. The brows do not cover the eyes, and beard and moustache are trimmed for show. Blue, liver, wheaten, red, black, black and tan, blue and tan, and grizzled are accepted colors. Some dogs may have a dark saddle.

Longevity: 13-14 years

Points of Conformation: Lakelands possess sturdy square conformation, moderate muscling and bone, and their expression is alert. Smallish oval eyes are fairly wide set and colored to match the dog (hazel, brown, or dark brown), with dark palpebral margins. Ears are triangular, small and the leather is thick. They fold forward, with the fold above the topline of the skull. The skull is fairly flat and broad, muzzle is blocky, and there is a minimal stop. The nose is black, but may be liver on liver colored dogs. The lips are dark, neck is long and fine, not throaty, slightly arching, and there are prominent shoulders. Limbs are straight boned and metacarpals and metatarsals are short. Dewclaws are usually removed. The feet are compact, toes well arched, and the pads thick and darkly pigmented. The topline is level and the back is short, the thorax is deep and narrow with ribs well sprung, and the abdomen is moderately tucked up. The high set tail is carried up and curves slightly forward at the tip. It is commonly docked. The gait is long, free and smooth.

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