Lakeland Terrier Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Lakeland Terrier, as his name suggests, comes from the English Lake District where he was known by a variety of names depending the locality, until as the terriers were developed towards a single breed type he acquired his current name in 1912. He is the smallest of the long-legged terriers and a very cheerful little dog; an excellent housedog, friendly alert and playful he is less sensitive to imaginary insults from other dogs than some terriers. He was recognised by the KC in 1931.
Like the Welsh Terrier, the Lakeland counts the Old English Black and Tan Terrier amongst his ancestors, and it is probable that the Irish and Dandie Dinmont have played some part in his development. He would have worked with hounds to bolt the fox and then follow him to earth; badgers, otters and martens would also have been hunted by him. His size and light build enabled him to burrow between and under rocks, baying when he finally located his prey.
The Lakeland Terrier should not be taller than 14½” and quite lightly built, around 7kg. The coat is quite dense and the showdog will be handstripped, though the pet dog can be kept looking smart and recognisably a Lakeland by three or four visits to the grooming parlour each year. He can be black and tan, blue and tan, red, wheaten, red grizzle, liver, blue or black.
The Lakeland is another showmans dog; in 1963 Ch Rogerholm Recruit was Best in Show at Crufts, followed in 1967 by Ch Stingray of Derrybah who went on to go BIS at Westminster , the premier American dog show, in 1968. The American Kennel Club presented a trophy in recognition of this achievement which is kept by the Kennel Club in London. With the removal of many travel restrictions on dogs throughout the world it can only be a matter of time before this remarkable achievement is equalled.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.