Is This Breed Right For You?
We encourage anyone considering dog ownership to accurately assess his or her personal situation. You should ask yourself whether you have the patience, determination, and motivation to raise a terrier puppy from an unruly 10-week-old through to maturity. You should take into account how dog ownership will limit your lifestyle. You should also look at your financial status and ensure that you are in a position to maintain your dog, deal with veterinary costs, potential kennel visits, "daycare," and any other expenses that will arise over the course of your dog's life. Owning a dog is a serious commitment and, although Lakelands are a small and relatively easy breed to keep, you should be thoroughly prepared before making a final decision.
The time commitment involved will vary widely, depending both on your experience with dogs, and on the individual puppy. Expect that a new puppy will demand a significant amount of time in the first few months. A dog's basic behavior patterns are usually set in place by the time the puppy is 1 year of age, so by that time the bulk of your dog's training should be completed. A well-trained and mostly self-disciplining Lakeland at one year of age is generally going to be a happy part of the family for many years to come. Getting him to that stage will, however, take some amount of effort on the owner's part! Lakelands, while considered "easier" than some other terriers, should never be thought of as wholly biddable on the level of a Shetland Sheepdog, for instance. In keeping with their terrier heritage, they tend to be mischievous, alert, and active. It isn't especially difficult to raise a Lakie, however some will challenge their owners to seek out different training methods. Most owners will agree: despite the quirkiness sometimes exposed by our breed, more than adequate compensation comes from an unmatched charm and good humour.
When researching the breed, you should also do some general research on terriers. While the Lakeland is certainly unique among this group of dogs, a firm grasp on basic terrier traits will give you some background knowledge upon which to assess your personal suitability for one of these dogs. The terriers have some basic temperament differences that you should thoroughly familiarize yourself with.
Your research should also extend to general dog ownership. If you have already owned a terrier (nearly half of our puppies have gone to people who previously owned Lakeland Terriers), you will already be familiar with the breed. Depending on the breed, previous dog ownership may not prepare you for raising a Lakeland Terrier. Do ensure that you thoroughly research the breed before making a decision on whether to pursue Lakeland ownership.