Very Active; Bold and zesty Lakies need outlets for their energy; known as backyard “escape artists."
The Lakeland is bold, friendly and confident but has a quiet disposition. While he is well suited for a variety of living situations including rural and urban settings, the Lakeland's energy level makes him well suited for an active lifestyle. His coat shed minimally but requires periodic clipping by a groomer.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Lakeland Terrier is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming an occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Lakeland Terriers are alert and spirited, and make keen watchdogs, but will settle down nicely for extended lap time with their special someone. Like any self-respecting terriers, Lakeland Terriers love digging and tunneling, chasing varmints, and thinking independently. In training, they heel to the beat of a different drummer. One owner says, “They are simply too smart to be expected to perform the same task over and over again.” Portable and adaptable, Lakeland Terriers enjoy both the freedom of the countryside and the indulgence of attentive city dwellers.
Lakeland Terrier &HEALTH
Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Lakeland Terriers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Lakeland Terrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders may utilize health testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.