AKC Gazette Breed Columns

Illustrated Discussion of the Standard for The Lakeland Terrier

The USLTC has a booklet- Illustrated Discussion of the  Standard for the Lakeland Terrier To access the illustrated standard, please click on the following link.   USLTC Illustrated Standard   It will download into a PDF document

Give Earthdog Tests a Try!

If you haven’t attended an AKC Earthdog Test with your Lakeland, you may be missing an excellent opportunity to foster a partnership relationship with your dog and have a lot of fun in the process. Earthdog is a sport that pits a terrier against a set of objectives; earning qualifying scores does not require your […]

Health Issues and the Environment

Recently I read a column by a noted dog breeder whose opinion I respect but with whom I must disagree. Assuming every shortcoming in our dogs is due to genetic defect might work for this person as a working hypothesis while trying to improve stock, but the truth is a resounding “maybe.” The more scientists delve into the expression of the genetic code, the more facts come to light about influences on gene expression, or epigenetics.

A Day in the Life of a Circuit Judge

The following is with tongue firmly in cheek, and thanks to the U.K. Whippet and English Setter versions … Today is my big day. I am awarding Challenge Certificates for the first time, and only six years since I bought my first Lakeland. What a stroke of luck that I chose a Phyxmekwik bitch as […]

Epigenetics

Breeding animals is both art and science; if one ignores the art dimension, one robs oneself of much of the enjoyment of creativity. Ignoring the science is a ticket to a Fool’s Paradise. Remember the ad slogan “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”? If you want to be a dog breeder for the long […]

Spending Health Care Dollars Wisely

Veterinary expenses are for most dog breeders a make-or-break item in the budget. You can plan for feed costs, grooming products, replacement equipment, and other normal and usual expenditures. But the wild card is the big veterinary bill that breaks the bank – for an injury, or for surgery to remove the pieces of the […]

New Outpatient Treatment for Parvo

Recent research at Colorado State University Vet School has demonstrated that it is possible to treat parvovirus infection in puppies on an outpatient basis. The study included 40 cases, half of which were assigned to one arm of the study, which received the gold standard of inpatient care. The other half were treated with the […]