You've heard of the Lakeland terrier, the hunter, and you've probably heard of the Lakeland terrier, the family pet. Now you'll hear and read about the Lakeland terrier show dog. This is a role the Lakeland terrier has done for many years and has done well. There are many groups and organizations just for the Lakeland terrier dog shows and competitions.
The Lakeland terrier competes in many different events such as conformation, obedience, agility and tracking. This dog is an excellent show dog that excels at almost every event it competes in. It is one of two dogs to win the Westminster and the Crufts show.
For conformation, it is very important to have the Lakeland terrier professionally groomed unless you are very knowledgeable on stripping the dog's hair of all dead hair. Appearance is very important in the conformation part of the show. They are also judged on how well they stand and perform in front of the judge, allowing the judge to touch them and look them over.
The Lakeland terrier also does well in obedience. This is a major accomplishment and testimony to their intelligence considering how headstrong they can be when being trained. They often have the attitude, "been there... done that", and get bored rather quickly. For this dog to place as highly as they do in obedience is a great accomplishment. They have to follow commands such as sit, stand, heel, down and stay both off and on leash. They have to be obedient with the distraction of the other dogs and this is all part of their obedience training.
Tracking is also an event the Lakeland terrier performs in at competitions. These are usually based on speed and accuracy of the tracking. Being bred to hunt prey makes them the excellent dog to compete in competitions such as this. In some shows, they use live game for a more realistic effect for the dog and in others they use an artificial game such as in lure coursing. It is work and play combined into one event.
The Lakeland terrier is also very good when they compete in field and hunting trials. These are similar to the tracking events only they go after the game and are judged by how well they stay on course and retrieve the game in a certain amount of time. There are often many other terriers at these events.
This same can be said for their performance in agility, another event they do very well in. In the agility part of the show, they have to go around and through different obstacles such as running through tunnels, going up and down slides and ladders, jumping over bars and running through courses. Each of the things they do involves different obstacles and the dog is judged on his agility, accuracy and speed in which he performs each of these tasks.