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Lakeland Terrier


Illustration of Lakeland Terrier

In the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, an area known as the Lake District several different valleys developed their own type of working terrier and it is from these that the Lakeland Terrier was developed.

Behind the Lakeland is the Black and Tan Terrier – the root blood of many of the English native terrier breeds, with perhaps some input from other neighbouring 'breeds' – the Welsh Terrier, the Border Terrier and the Fox Terrier with some suggesting Bedlington input.

The breed was developed to run with packs of hounds and their foot followers over the steep and rocky fells of the Lake District so stamina, agility and courage to bolt or kill fox or badger were required.

The first breed club was formed in 1912 and the Kennel Club recognition came in 1921.

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.

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