After my general post about the Lakeland terrier (read it here), some of you might have wondered: why? Why a Lakeland terrier? There are a lot of terrier breeds. And there are quite a few terriers that have a look similar to that of the Lakeland. Why was she so sure about Lakies? Well, the answer to that is embarrassingly simple!
I formed this conviction years ago. As you might know, I grew up with terriers. In particular these two gorgeous Kerry Blue terriers:
From left to right: Matchless Moyna of the Three Corners, aka “Mo” and Perfect Patricia of the Three Corners, aka “Tris” (Photo courtesy of Jaz’ grandpa! Visit his Lakeland terrier database here.)
And in a terrier-lovers’ home, you will find books about terriers. Growing up, my sister and I would flip through their pages, looking at and commenting on all the different terriers. My favourite book (which I inherited once Jaz was born) is the following one:
This is a Dutch book (I was born and raised in the Netherlands) called “Hoogbenige terriers,” which means “long-legged terriers.” [Fun fact: the Lakeland is the smallest of the long-legged terriers!] “Fokken – Houden – Verzorging – Opvoeding” means “to breed – keep – groom – raise.” Now you won’t even have to open this book up to find the reason why I have known since I was a teenager that I wanted a Lakie. You can find your answer right here on the cover. Just look at the picture.
From left to right, we have a Bedlington terrier, a Lakeland terrier and an Airedale terrier. Obviously, the goal was to line the dogs up and have them stand pretty, all looking off to one side. I imagine there must have been someone off to the left trying to catch the dogs’ attention by making funny sounds or squeaking a toy, while the photographer was snapping away. Although the Bedlington and the Airedale are cooperating by paying attention and staying put, the Lakeland has his own agenda and is facing the other direction while laughing or barking at something else entirely! The other terriers are behaving, but not our beloved Lakeland… he is being very naughty and might even be purposely (never underestimate a Lakie!) hijacking the entire photo shoot!
When you look at the picture even closer, you might find that the Bedlington looks a little sad, a little scared even (it’s that tail and those ears, I tell you!). The Airedale is assuming his usual calm and noble stance (he is, after all, the King of Terriers!). But the Lakeland… the Lakeland just looks like he’s having a ton of FUN! And that (besides the undeniable fact that a properly groomed Lakeland is simply stunning), is how I knew I wanted a Lakeland.