With its lively and dedicated disposition, the Lakeland Terrier has a coat that makes them a challenge for inexperienced dog groomers. But what makes them challenging to groom? And what is the most appropriate way to groom them? Stay with us, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know to groom your Lakeland Terrier.
Lakeland Terrier Coat Type
The Lake land Terrier coat has hard hair or also known as wired hair. Several breeds share this characteristic, including some members of the Terrier family. It is a characteristic that gives them a unique look but requires special care. The Lakie has two layers of hair, one of quite short, dull hair, and a longer one of shiny but rough hair. Also, like other members in the Terrier family, the Lakeland has prominent brows and mustache. These are very desirable traits in the lakie so the professional dog groomers are committed to enhancing these features. In order to keep their coat shiny and rough, their skin well moisturized and a show-ring-like appearance, a series of instructions must be followed.
Use the Right Tools
The right shampoo and conditioner
Before any grooming session, your dog must be clean and pristine. This particular breed rarely gets any dirt in its coat, yet, you should wash your Lakie once a month. By doing the correct prep work you’ll have better results. Therefore, to secure the quality of your dog’s coat, be sure to use a low-moisture shampoo and conditioner. These are prepared specifically for pets with wired coats. Using other chemicals or bathing them too often may change the texture of their coat or make their scalp sick.
Stripping knives are an absolute must when grooming a wired coated dog. In fact, in the case of Lakeland terriers on display, they must be groomed with stripping knives only. This tool keeps the hard coat of the Lakeland terrier in optimum condition. Shiny and rough.
Rubber finger grips
This tool is designed to protect your fingers from any damage when using a stripping knife and adds more grip to avoid accidents. It’s simple and effective.
Scissors, brushes, stainless steel combs, are other tools that could be used in the grooming process. Some dog owners and pet groomers even use a shearing machine to groom this dog breed. Doing this won’t do any damage to your dog, but the correct way and the ONLY way to groom this dog’s coat for shows is by hand stripping.
Hand Stripping- a Must
Now let’s talk a little about the science behind hand stripping. This is the process of removing dead fur strand by strand, usually using a stripping knife. Renewing the oldest and longest layer of hair by hand allows a new layer of healthy hair to grow back. This is done because hard haired dogs do not shed their coat naturally, so you have to help them a little by using this technique, promoting healthy hair growth. However, most dog owners don’t feel comfortable performing this technique themselves, which is why they often hire a dog groomer.
Follow a Precise Pattern
Dog grooming can be tricky, especially if it’s a hard-coated dog breed like the Lakie and other terrier breeds. Despite this, removing your dog’s dead coat does not have to be a complicated matter. To make it simple for pet owners, we took grooming instructions from the US Lakeland Terrier Club.
These easy to follow instructions will allow you to give your Lakie the typical and representative grooming style for its breed. Before you start grooming, be sure to clip your dog’s nails, brush and comb its coat, and make sure it is clean.
Following the diagram for clipping the Lakeland pet, we’ll divide the coat of our pet into three sections: A, B, C.
Section A: This section includes the top of the head, ears, just above the eyes (not the brows), cheeks, neck, and sides of the troat to the fore chest. This section also includes the back of the tail running down to the genital area.
This section includes the top of the head, ears, just above the eyes (not the brows), cheeks, neck, and sides of the troat to the fore chest. This section also includes the back of the tail running down to the genital area.
Section A must be trimmed the shortest of all. The ears must be trimmed inside out, and the corners must be clean and nice.
This section includes the shoulders of the pet, the sides of the neck, and the back of the hind legs. The trimming of the shoulder area should go right up to the beginning of the front legs. But it shouldn’t look like the dog has boots on, it should look like a smooth transition. Quite frankly, section B must be a perfect transition between A, B, and C. To accomplish this, Use a #10 or #8 1/2 blade and help yourself with combing scissors for final touches to the hand stripped areas.
This section includes the posterior side of the neck, the back, and the sides of the dog up to the tail. This whole area is also called the “jacket” area. It is the largest section of the coat and also the one where most mistakes are made. Experts instruct that the back and the sides of the lakie should have the same length. This detail is important for the final look. The belly should also be trimmed quite short. As for the legs, what is desired is that they look like circular columns perfectly blended with the other areas. They should NOT look rectangular, nor should the lower part of the dog look like a skirt. Its muzzle and eyes should be carefully trimmed to give it the shape of a rectangle. His legs and head should be scissored carefully to blend with the hand stripped areas.
Ready for the Show Ring!
There you go! your doggo’s presentation is worthy of a show dog. Taking care of your dog’s coat will not only keep it presentable but it will also keep your dog healthy and happy. Combing your dog’s coat will also improve its hair growth process. Make your lakie grooming day a fun day for both you and your dog.