The Lakeland Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds still around today and originated in England. Like many terriers, they were developed by farmers to accompany them on hunts and control vermin around the farm. Their small, narrow proportions allowed them entrance and maneuverability within the dens of their quarry. Today they are best known as spritely companions but are ready and willing to show off their terrier inclinations at earthdog events or in your backyard (so provide plenty of entertainment and positive training). Their enthusiasm and natural athleticism is well-suited for a family with an active lifestyle but they can adapt to urban living as long they are loved and exercised. Their wiry coat doesn’t shed much but they do benefit from regular clipping.