Breeds of dogs: Lakeland Terrier

Breeds of dogs: Lakeland Terrier

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Great Britain.
F.C.I classification: Group 3 - terriers.

It is a very ancient breed. It was officially recognized by the Kennel Club in 1928. Its cradle of origin is identified in the lake region, in a territory between the regions of Yorkshire, Westmoreland and Cumberland. According to the opinion of many scholars, this breed was formed by the crossing of the "Bedlington terrier" with black and tan terriers. The presence of the blood of the "Bedglinton" is confirmed by the fact that sometimes in Lankeland specimens appear with soft and woolly hair. In the early years of its existence it was called "Fell Terrier", which meant "Terrier of the hills". This has been the favorite dog of many famous people. The first breed club was founded in 1921.

General aspect

Medium-sized dog, suitable for work, well balanced and compact. It has a reasonably narrow trunk. It has a solid musculature and a good bone in relation to the trunk. The peculiarity of the breed is the shape of its head and its particular type of hair. It has a wide muzzle, but not too long.


Intrepid, courageous and tireless dog, these are the fundamental characteristics of this breed. It features a strong and tenacious bite. He is very good at reporting the presence of outsiders. Very good and polite in the family. It is a truly excellent breed on the hunting ground and in the lair. It is quieter than the "Fox terrier". However, he needs to live in direct contact with very active people. He loves taking long walks. It needs to be groomed like other terriers that have the same coat characteristics. Cheerful behavior, intense expression, quick in movement, always waiting on tiptoe.

Lakeland Terrier (photo

Lakeland Terrier (photo


Height: not exceeding 37 cm at the shoulder.
- males 7.7 kg
- females 6.5 kg.

Trunk: reasonably tight chest. Powerful back moderately short and collected.
Head and muzzle: well balanced head, flat and refined skull. Powerful jaws and wide muzzle but not too long. Length of the head from the stop to the tip of the nose which must not exceed that from the occiput to the stop.
Truffle: black, except for liver-colored coat dogs in which the nose can be the same color.
Teeth: leveled with perfect and regular scissor bite, the upper ones cover the lower ones and are placed perpendicular to the jaws.
Neck: of good length, slightly arched and without trace of dewlap.
Ears: moderately small, V-shaped and briskly worn. They should not be placed too high or too low on the head.
Eyes: dark or hazelnut. Almond-shaped eyes are undesirable.
Limbs: front straight and with good bone. Strong and muscular back. Long and powerful thighs with well-flexed knees. Hocks close to the ground and straight. Small, compact, round feet with sturdy pads.
Shoulder: well inclined backwards.
Gait: front and rear limbs carried straight and parallel. The elbows move perpendicular to the body, working freely on the hips, the knees not facing either internally or externally. A good thrust comes from a well flexed rear.
Tail: usually amputated. Well attached, carried cheerfully but never over the back or twisted.
Skin: well adherent to the body.
Hair: dense, hard and weatherproof with good undercoat.
Allowed colors: black and tan, blue and tan, red, wheat, graying red, liver, blue or black. Small white spots on the feet and chest are allowed but not desired. Mahogany color and intense tan are not typical.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, non-standard measures, colors not allowed by the standard, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, large feet, neck too long, back slightly angled or incorrect, incorrect gait, clear eye.

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