lakeland terrier breed information
common health issues
The Lakeland Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds, originating in the Lake District of England in the 1700s. Like many of her terrier brethren, she was bred to help on hunts and to keep vermin and predators away from farms and flocks.
Today, the Lakeland makes a wonderful show dog or family companion. She is friendly, confident and high-energy, as befitting her terrier status, but can adapt well to city or country living. She requires daily exercise to keep her body and mind occupied — beware the bored terrier! — but her intelligence makes training easy.
The Lakeland Terrier is one of the smallest long-legged terriers, weighing around 15 lbs. Her dense, wiry coat sheds only minimally and is considered “hypoallergenic”, but it does require periodic clipping by a groomer.
Despite her quickness of mind and body, Lakeland Terriers are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health — not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Lakelands are prone to include joint conditions such as Legg-Calves-Perthes Disease; eye conditions such as lens luxation; and skin conditions such as allergic dermatitis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Lakeland Terrier inherits anything more than a quick mind, you’re covered.