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Lakeland Terrier: Temperament, Exercise, Health

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About Lakeland Terrier

Country of Origin, History of Lakeland Terriers

The Lakeland Terrier’s purpose was to hunt and kill vermin who live in dens such as badger and fox (and otter) in the rugged mountains of the Lake District of northern England. Originally called the Pattersday Terrier, the Lakeland Terrier was developed by breeding Bedlington Terriers and English Wirehaired Terriers. He has great hunting skills in water as well as uneven terrain.

Lakeland Terriers are great hunters and trackers. They make good watchdogs. They love and excel at competitive obedience and agility.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The Lakeland Terrier is a very rectangular dog with a boxy head. The long head has bushy hair on the face. The back is very straight and level, parallel to the floor. The Lakeland Terrier has v-shaped ears which fold forward on each side of the head. The head and muzzle are wide and flat like a three-dimensional rectangle.

The Lakeland Terrier’s nose is dark and the eyes are dark. The docked tail of the Lakeland Terrier is carried high. If the tail is not docked, the dog carries it gaily but not curled over the back. Males have a mustache.

The Lakeland Terrier is a very sturdy-looking dog, strong and muscular with a very alert expression. The legs are straight and sturdy. This terrier looks like he is standing on his toes. His body is not robust as it is built for working and his legs, although well-muscled, are long to cover ground quickly. This dog looks like a smaller version of an Airedale Terrier.

Coat Color

Lakeland Terrier puppies are often dark-colored when born. Various colors for the Lakeland Terrier are black, black and tan, reddish, red grizzle, wheat, liver and blue, and grizzle and tan. There may or may not be a saddle.

Coat Type

The Lakeland Terrier has a harsh wiry coat all over his body with an softer undercoat.

Height: Ideally no more than 14.5 inches

Weight: Ideally around 17 lbs for males and 15 lbs for females

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Lakeland Terrier Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Dog

The Lakeland Terrier is a clever, adventurous, mischievous, playful dog. Cheerful and peppy, affectionate and loving, he can also be feisty and determinedly willful when he wants to be. The Lakeland shows great courage that goes beyond confidence.

Lakeland Terriers like to dig, so be sure to secure the fence below the ground. They also tend to be barkers and need to be trained early to stop barking on command. They guard their toys and food fiercely.

Although difficult to housebreak, they train to walk on lead fairly easily. They love to please, so obedience training is not too difficult. However, training needs to start early, continue consistently, and be mixed with play and games so there is a challenge.

Unlike many terriers, the Lakeland gets along well with other dogs. He may be reserved with strangers. If they are to live with cats and other pets, they need to be socialized with them early so they do not chase them.

They make good watchdogs. They love and excel at competitive obedience and agility.

Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?

Lakeland Terriers need to live in the house.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Lakeland Terriers love children and enjoy playing with them.

Lakeland Terrier Activity Level

How Active is the Breed?

The Lakeland Terrier is very active indoors. He likes a yard but it is not necessary as long as he gets short walks through the day.

How Much Exercise Does the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?

Puppies are more active than adults. Adults and puppies are very active indoors, so once or twice weekly romps outdoors in a safe area such as a fenced yard or dog park are sufficient.

The Lakeland enjoys daily, long walks or jogs and is a suitable dog for running alongside you as you bicycle. He loves to play catch, fetch, Frisbee®, etc. Agility training will also keep him exercised and help his mind stay busy.

The Lakeland Terrier is a fine dog for apartment living.


The Lakeland Terrier will need to have his coat hand plucked 2 -3 times a year by a professional groomer. Monthly removal of loose hair by brushing, removal of hair from ear passages, and trimming of toenails and foot hair will be needed. Use monthly flea and tick preventive.

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Health and Care

Genetic Problems

This is a very hardy breed with no known genetic or health problems.

Breeding the Dog and any Cautions

Your breeder should be consulted on what mate would be a good match for your Lakeland Terrier.

Life Span: 10 – 12 years

Because of the good health and genetics of the breed, many survive for 15-16 years.

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs

British - Lakeland Terrier Club, Lakeland Terrier Society
US – United States Lakeland Terrier Club -


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Group: Terrier Group

AKC Popularity Ranking: 147

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