Lakeland Terrier

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15-17 lbs
13-14"
England
Cumberland Terrier, Fell Terrier, Patterdale Terrier, Colored Working Terrier, Westmorland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier is one of the oldest of the Terrier breeds and was initially used to hunt animals that were considered vermin, such as otters, badgers, and even foxes. As these animals were sometimes larger than the dog itself, these Terriers were bred with fearlessness in mind, but as fearless as they are on the hunt, they are somewhat more prone to separation anxiety than many other breeds. Lakelands are considered hypoallergenic due to their low shed rate, and they have very little smell. These little dogs do not require frequent baths, but weekly brushing and occasional clipping or stripping of the coat are needed to keep their coat healthy. 

Purpose
vermin hunting
Date of Origin
1700s
Ancestry
old english wirehaired terriers, bedlington terriers

Lakeland Terrier Health

Average Size
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 15-17 lbs
Height: 13-14 inches Weight: 15-17 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Allergies
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hips
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests

Lakeland Terrier Breed History

Terrier’s, in general, were bred to hunt and kill animals that were seen as vermin such as rats, badgers, otters, foxes, and weasels. Terriers became specialized by size, color, and temperament to hunt specific categories of vermin. Lakeland Terriers are one of the oldest of the working Terrier breeds, though they have gone by several different names throughout their long history. They originated as hunters of larger vermin in the Lake District of England and were originally known as Patterdale Terriers. They were bred initially to assist the farmers in the area by going to ground after badgers, otters, and foxes; not just to alert a human partner or to corner the animal, but to find and destroy their prey in order to keep them from raiding livestock. They were bred for gameness, which defined as the trait of eagerness even in the face of substantial threat or injury, and this gameness has led some of these Terriers to follow badgers, otters, and foxes into their holes and pursue them for days. In 1912, a Terrier breed club was formed with the aim to recognize distinct breeds of terrier, including the Lakeland Terrier, which was known as the Cumberland County Terrier at that time. World War I slowed development of the breed, however, and an official breed standard was delayed until the 1920’s. It was at this time that the breed was given their current name. The Lakeland Terrier first appeared in the show ring in 1928 at Crufts in the UK, and officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934.

Lakeland Terrier Breed Appearance

The Lakeland terrier is a solidly built but narrow dog, sturdy with a long neck and square proportions. They have a long, rectangular head with short V-shaped ears that fold down towards their face and either an impish or a thoughtful but alert expression. The Lakeland Terrier’s coat is short and dense, consisting of both a soft undercoat and a slightly longer layer of dense, wiry fur that is accented by longer bushy fur found on the face and legs. They come in several recognized colors, including black, blue, brindle, grizzle, liver, red, red grizzle, wheaten, black and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan, and even grizzle and tan. These dogs were bred to hunt and kill animals that were often larger than they were, so they require a scissor bite and a very strong jaw. Historically, the tail was docked to protect the animal from injuring it while they were working, however, many owners today choose not to shorten this appendage. In either case, the tail is most frequently carried jauntily above the dog, but it should not curl over the back.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Brindle
Sable
Silver
Blue
Fawn
Cream
Red
Brown
Gray
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Lakeland Terrier Breed Maintenance

Lakeland Terriers are typically considered to be a hypoallergenic breed in large part due to their low shed rate, and although they do not require frequent bathing, they do require some specialized grooming. The coat requires weekly brushing and combing which serves to both remove dirt, tangles, and excess fur and also to redistribute the required natural oils throughout the fur. This breed’s coat also requires either clipping or stripping on a regular basis to keep it healthy. Those that choose to strip the coat can either use hand stripping or strip the animal using a stripping knife. A clipped coat is often easier for pet owners to maintain, but the texture and color of the animal’s coat may be altered. These dogs are an energetic breed, and they require a great deal of exercise to keep them at their happiest and healthiest. Although the Lakeland Terriers are generally small, their abundant energy coupled with their tendency towards barking frequently make these dogs unsuited to the apartment lifestyle.

Brushes for Lakeland Terrier
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Lakeland Terrier Temperament

This breed is intelligent and is quite capable of picking up on training. However, they also have an independent nature and a stubborn streak, so clear boundaries are imperative for a peaceful household. Lakelands are also suspicious of unknown dogs and people, and without appropriate socialization, these dogs can become aggressive with other dogs and sometimes with strangers. With their families, they are typically seen as playful and affectionate. They can make good companions for older children but should be very closely supervised with small children as they often exhibit guarding behavior and may not be tolerant of poking or prodding. They may have difficulty getting along with other dogs in the house, particularly other terriers and dogs of the same sex and unless they are exposed to cats at a young age, they may pursue them as if they were prey. They will almost certainly go after any smaller animals that get loose in the house, such as mice, gerbils, and hamsters.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Lakeland Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.3 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $1.3
Monthly Cost
$30 - $37.5

Lakeland Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Height: 11 inches Weight: 11 lbs
12 Months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 14 lbs
18 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 16 lbs
Height: 13 inches Weight: 16 lbs

Top Lakeland Terrier Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Lakeland Terrier breeders of 2017.
Hollybriar Farm
Lanexa, Virginia
Snowtaire Kennels
Orting, Washington
Thomas Terriers
Ulman, Missouri
tolyn kennels
Milan, Michigan
Greycottage Terriers
Bethlehem, Connecticut
Teraz Lakelands
Pompano Beach, Florida

Lakeland Terrier Owner Experiences