The Lakeland Terrier, originally called the Patterdale Terrier, is a cheerful and energetic breed. They are relatively small and resemble a miniature version of the Welsh Terrier. They have a unique look that features bushy, curly hair on the face and a dense, curly, weather proof coat. Their coats require a full grooming every 6 to 8 weeks and a general grooming once a week.
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Things you need
- Natural bristle brush
- Pin brush
- Metal comb
Brush the thick double coat, using a variety of tools. You need natural bristle brushes, pin brushes and metal combs. The natural bristle brush is best for removing dead and shed hair from the dense, soft undercoat. Be sure to brush all the way down to the undercoat to get rid of hidden tangles and mats. Generally, the Lakeland Terrier sheds very little hair, if any.
Pull or pluck out dead hair by hand two or three times per year. Pluck hair from inside the ear where it can cause debris and dirt to catch and may eventually lead to ear infections or inflammation.
Trim stray hairs between the pads of the feet with scissors.
Tips and warnings
- Lakeland Terriers usually get along well with other dogs and pets, as well as children.
- The average life expectancy for this breed is 10 to 12 years, but some have been known to live as long as 16 years.
- Lakeland Terriers originated in England's Lake District when breeders mixed the Bedlington and the Old English Wirehaired Terrier. People used Lakeland Terriers as hunting dogs for such small game as badgers, foxes and otters. They have the ability to not only track prey, but also to capture and kill it.
- If you want your dog to have proper styling, whether or not he's a show dog, it's a good idea to see a professional groomer. The regulation styling of this breed isn't easy to master.