My dog Abby is a Lakeland Terrier. She is turning two in November so Happy Birthday ABBY!
The Lakeland Terrier breed goes back to the 1800s and is one of the oldest terrier breeds that is still around today. They were originally called the Patterdale Terrier. The Lakeland was developed by crossing the Bedlington Terrier with the Old English Wirehaired Terrier in the Lake District of England. The dog was used to prevent foxes from destroying their crops and herds. It hunted animals such as badgers, foxes and otters. It was able to hunt everywhere including the woods, fields and water. They would chase and kill animals, so they are very very fast. It is still used for hunting, as a companion and as a show dog. Some of the Lakeland Terriers talents include: hunting, tracking and watchdog.
The Lakeland Terrier has a double coat. The outer coat is hard and wiry in texture. The undercoat is close to the skin and soft. There are many coat colours including blue (which is a grey colour), black, liver, red and wheaten. My dog Abby is a red – wheaten. They also have different markings called saddles where a second colour covers the neck, back and sides and up the tail. Saddle colours may be blue, black, liver and different shades of grizzle .Because they have a double coat they are non shedding and need to be groomed regularly by a dog groome r. My dog gets a hair cut every 10 weeks as her hair gets very long and shaggy. They are quite small dogs and weigh about 8kgs. They live for 10 – 12 years.
They are alert, cheerful, lively, loving and affectionate dogs but also like to bark and dig. My dog Abby is quite naughty and steals our toys and chews them up a lot! She barks lots and chases birds but also gives me nice kisses and hugs. They need lots of training if you want a well behaved dog.
Here are a few photos of my dog Abby. She doesn’t stand still long so it was hard to take her picture.
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