Lakeland Terrier


A small brown Lakeland Terrier
Lakeland Terrier Quick Summary
Also Known AsLakie
Height (at withers)13-15in (33-38cm)
Weight15-17lbs (7-8kg)
Hair Colour(s)Black, tan
Lifespan12-16 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size3-5
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirements
Ease of trainingMedium
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftMedium

The Lakeland Terrier is a small but sturdy, alert looking dog. The body is deep and narrow with strong-boned and upright hairy legs, and an upright, high-set tail. The elongated head has a squarish face with a long muzzle, small and well spaced dark eyes, folded triangular ears, a dark nose and a distinctive beard. The coat is hard and wiry with a softer undercoat, and the colouring can vary but tends to include black, tan and red, amongst others.


Lakeland Terriers are lively and spirited dogs that can be very entertaining and playful. Affectionate and loyal, they make great companions and family pets. These brave and confident dogs have a very curious and inquisitive nature that can sometimes lead them into trouble or even danger, and they demand plenty of attention and can tend to bark excessively. Despite being alert, intelligent, quick to learn and eager, they have a very independent and stubborn streak that can often make training difficult. As a result, they are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training, as owners need to be confident and assertive in a positive way. Lakeland Terriers are friendly and get along well with older, more considerate children and also with other pets, unlike other Terriers, although they must be socialised early on otherwise they will tend to chase cats and smaller animals. These brave creatures will stand up for themselves against other dogs when required too, and are protective of their family, belongings and food. They tend to be wary and reserved around strangers, and their tendency to bark also makes them good watchdogs.

History & Skills

Lakeland Terriers originate from England, specifically the Lake District, which is where they derive their name and are related to a variety of other terriers. Bred as working dogs, they were used initially for hunting foxes, otters and rabbits in water and over rugged terrain, as well as for guarding sheep flocks. Once known as Patterdale Terriers, these days they retain these skills, and make good companion pets and watch dogs.

Breed Specific Ailments

Lakeland Terriers tend to live between 12-16 years and are considered a healthy and robust breed. Some of the health concerns that have been noted include Legg-Perthes, elbow dysplasia, lens luxation, cataracts, thyroid problems, and vWD.


Lakeland Terriers are low shedders, when groomed correctly, and so they are ideal for those suffering form allergies. Despite this, their grooming requirements can be quite high. The coat will only need brushing on a weekly basis but the beard will need brushing and cleaning daily for hygiene reasons. Hair should be be removed from the ears and feet, and hair around the bottom area should be kept trimmed for hygiene reasons. The coat should be clipped every few months, and for show dogs, the dead coat should be stripped two or three times a year.

Exercise & Environment

Lakeland Terriers tend to live indoors and are suitable for small homes, as they will be fairly active while indoors. They will still need a daily walk and the chance to play outside, say in a yard or garden. These areas must be secure, and garden lovers beware - these dogs love to dig.


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