Did you know?
In 1967 the Lakeland Terrier, Stingray of Derrybah became the first dog to win Best in Show/Supreme Champion at both the
top US and UK shows (Westminster and Crufts).
Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasures and our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit. – Sir Walter Scott
The Lakeland Terrier, or Lakie, originated in the early 19th century in the rugged shale mountains of the Lake District of northern England.
The Lakeland Terrier was created by farmers to hunt in packs to hunt and kill fox and other vermin that destroyed farmers’ sheep and chickens. His slim lines allowed him to slip through narrow crevices in pursuit of his prey.
The Lakeland Terrier is rare in his home country and in North America. The Kennel Club of the United Kingdom lists Lakeland Terriers as a threatened native breed.
Photos displayed courtesy of Geri Mendes, Dragonfox, Nova Scotia
This square, sturdy dog resembles the Wire Fox Terrier and can stand up to 14 1/2 inches (37 cm) tall at the shoulder and weighs 17 pounds (8 kg). He has a dense, hard, double coat that can be blue, black, liver, black and tan, blue and tan, red, red grizzle, grizzle and tan, or wheaten. Puppies with dark saddles are born nearly solid black. The black lightens as the dog matures. The Lakeland Terrier’s coat, when properly textured, will shed dirt and water.
An enthusiastic dog, the Lakeland Terrier enjoys playing and makes an entertaining family pet. He requires daily exercise.
Brave, hardy, and active, the Lakeland Terrier also makes an excellent watchdog. As with most terriers, he will stand his ground against other dogs, and will benefit from early training and socialization. He is intelligent and learns quickly.