Learn about the temperament and personality of the Lakeland Terrier. Discover what he's like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves. And look at lots of Lakeland Terrier photos.
The Lakeland Terrier has the trademark terrier temperament: alert, inquisitive, feisty, bossy, bold, and boisterous. The Lakeland is an energetic, athletic, and active dog who can walk all day if you'd like. He loves to play ball, and to run around outdoors. However, as a Terrier he will take off, so he must be kept on lead or in a fenced-in area, and the fence must be top notch -- these guys were bred to squeeze through small openings! The Lakeland can be a clown and likes to entertain. He wants to be with you and will thrive on your company, but he would rather sit beside you than on your lap. He is devoted to his family, but he will see himself as an equal member of the family, not a dog subservient to it. He is great with people and with responsible children, but he rarely gets along with cats -- he will chase them, and possibly harm them. In fact, he will chase any furry critter that scampers past! He can live with other dogs, but will probably be aggressive toward a dog of the same sex, especially if it's a terrier. The Lakeland responds well to consistent training but obedience training with this breed requires a handler with patience and a sense of humor. This is an independent dog! But he is also a happy, friendly, adaptable dog with a zest for life, who just happens to like to dig holes in your yard.
Lakeland Terrier Training
The Lakeland Terrier is harder to train than most other dog breeds. He learns new commands more slowly than the majority of other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training him.
Lakeland Terrier Shedding
The Lakeland Terrier sheds practically no hair at all. You'll virtually never find a hair in your home!
Lakeland Terrier Grooming
Pet coat (less work): Cut his coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed every so often.
Show coat (more work): Professionally groom his coat to the breed standard. Brush it daily.
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A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
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Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
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Rating: Guard dog
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Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.