Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terriers were originally bred in the harsh but beautiful countryside of the English Lake District to hunt foxes. The purpose of the Hunt was to destroy the fox that would prey on sheep and lambs thereby affecting the livelihood of those dependent upon farming. The Lakeland had to be able to follow the fox over rugged peaks and steep cliffs in all weather and when the fox went to ground the Lakeland had to follow and either bolt the fox or kill it underground.
Its work dictated its shape and size. It had to be small, but agile enough to crawl long distances, legs not too short so as to enable the dog to jump. It was also required to walk or jog with the Hunt from the Kennels to the scene of operations, and then work. Necessity also dictated the shape of the head, as where a Lakeland can get its head the body will follow.

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