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Lakeland Terrier

Tags: terrier, High energy level, Kid-friendly, Protective guardian

The "lake" part is Cumberland County, England, where my breed was developed in the early 1800s to protect farmers' flocks from foxes and such. The "terrier" comes from the distinguished mix of Dandie Dinmont, Bedlington, and Border Terriers I call my kin. The result of that blend, a robust hunter resembling a miniature Airedale, was admitted to the AKC's Terrier Group in 1934.

Rave review

  • Agile and active
  • Born to run, happy to walk
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Confident and self-assured
  • Courageous canine
  • Energizer doggie

Report card

  • Even-tempered, good-natured
  • Hardy hunter
  • Independent thinker
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Lives to work
  • Loves kids and vice versa
  • Perfect protector
  • Playful pal
  • Pleased to please
  • Caters to country, tolerates town
  • Socialization and training should start early
  • Spirited
  • Takes to training

What to expect

As you plan my obedience training, you should know about my terrier personality. Words like "intense" and "determined" have been used to describe me. So have "stubborn" and "obstinate." So you'll want to make my training firm but gentle, patient, and consistent. Remember -- you're the boss, I'm just here to help -- and we'll have a long, cordial working relationship.

Watch for

Possible patellar luxation (slipped kneecaps), and cataracts.

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