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.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.