Lakeland Terriers A Complete Guide to the Racoon Hunting Dog

  • Highlights of the breed
  • Good points
    Lakelands is energetic, playful, affectionate and loyal
    They are very smart and so in the right environment and the right hands they are easy to train
    They are big guard dogs
    They have low coats
    The negatives
    They must receive a lot of daily exercises and mental stimulation being energetic burrows
    They like the sound of their own voices and bark unnecessarily if allowed
    They are very good diggers and artists who escape, such gardens must be extremely safe.
    They have a stubborn side to their nature
    Lakelands can be aggressive towards other dogs especially when the same sex
    Their coats need regular brushing and grooming
    They have a strong prey
    The Lakeland Terrier is often considered a cheeky rogue and not for nothing, as these beautiful little dogs boast of being mischievous and having a real sense of humor. They are very adaptable because they are comfortable in a work environment, as in a family environment, provided they have enough to do, combined with many daily physical exercises. They are tireless, affectionate and extremely loyal burrows, who bond very closely with their families and who benefit from nothing more than participating in everything that happens in a household.

Unfortunately, today, these little dogs are not as popular as they used to be and have been placed on the Kennel Club’s list of vulnerable Aboriginal breeds. However, their numbers are increasing, although anyone wishing to share a home with a Lakeland Terrier should be on a waiting list for the pleasure of doing so because few good-breed puppies are registered at the Kennel Club each year.

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  1. History
    As their name suggests, the Lakeland Terriers first appeared in the English Lake District in the early 1900s, where they were part of “slaughtered dog groups”. They were originally raised to work in mines and on farms, but 

    hunting was a popular sport at the time, so many types of burrows were used in the field and it was from these dogs that Lakeland evolved with people wanting to create the “terrier.” The end result was the Lakeland Terrier, a cheerful, fearless little dog who praised an enormous amount of courage, loyalty and endurance.

The breed was first exhibited in local agricultural shows that are not subject to the rules of the Kennel Club, but later the Lakeland Terrier Association was established in 1921 with the ultimate goal of establishing a breed standard . In 1928, the members of the now-defunct association agreed to seek recognition from the Kennel Club and, three years later, in 1931, the status of the champion was granted.

A year later, in 1932, the Lakeland Terrier Club was created and breeding enthusiasts began promoting Lakeland throughout the country. Interest in the breed continued and their numbers increased until the beginning of the Second World War, after which their numbers deteriorated considerably. At the end of the war, dog shows resumed, which sparked renewed interest in the Lakeland Terrier. After that, the number of breeds began to increase again and in the 1950s, Lakelands won many of the most important shows in the country.

Unfortunately, over time, the breed has become less popular here in the UK and elsewhere in the world and the number of puppies registered annually at the Kennel Club has decreased. As a result, the breed is now classified as a vulnerable native breed, even though it is a family pet and a dream companion, ranked as 71 in popularity on 238 breeds on the Pets4homes website.




  1. Interesting facts about the breed
    Is the Lakeland Terrier a vulnerable breed? Yes, they are classified as vulnerable indigenous breeds by the Kennel Club although they are ranked 71 or 238 on the site Pets4homes
    Anyone wishing to share their home with a Lakeland may have to register on a waiting list for the pleasure of owning a well-behaved puppy, registered at Kennel Club
    Future owners of Lakeland Terriers need to know that tail docking is now banned in England. The law came into force on April 6, 2007. In Wales, the law came into force on March 28, 2007. In Scotland, a total ban came into effect. April 30, 2007. Exemptions are in effect for certain breeds in England and Wales, but the proper documentation must be provided by the veterinarian to the appropriate authorities before a dog can undergo a procedure. It is also interesting to note that it is forbidden to