Care & Characteristics of the Lakeland Terrier Dog Breed

A Lakeland terrier in a meadow

A little terrier dog breed from England, the Lakeland terrier has a short, wiry coat that can be any color and doesn't shed much. Despite its little size, this breed is a strong, quick athlete because to its relatively long legs. It has a rectangular head, tiny oval eyes, and little V-shaped ears. The breed is generally similar to its bigger cousins, the Welsh and Airedale terriers. The little canine was trained to be a daring hunter and has a huge personality.

Breed Overview


Height: 13.5 to 15 inches

Weight: 15 to 17 pounds

Coat: Short, wiry double coat

Coat Color: Black, black and tan, blue, blue and tan, grizzle and tan, red, red grizzle, or wheaten

Life Span: 12 to 15 years

Temperament: Bold, bright, fearless

Hypoallergenic: Yes

Origin: England

Characteristics of the Lakeland Terrier

Generally speaking, Lakeland terriers are brave and feisty. They have a tendency to be rather lively and perhaps even a bit cunning. Although they can exhibit training obstinacy, their high intelligence also contributes to the formation of their personality.

Affection Level  High
Friendliness  Medium
Kid-Friendly  Medium
Pet-Friendly  Medium
Exercise Needs  Medium
Playfulness  High
Energy Level  Medium
Trainability Medium
Intelligence  High
Tendency to Bark  Medium
Amount of Shedding Low

History of the Lakeland Terrier

The 1700s are when the Lakeland terrier first appeared. Its name derives from the Lake District in Northern England, making it one of the oldest terrier breeds in the United Kingdom. The Fell, Patterdale, Cumberland, and Westmoreland terrier are other names for this breed. In this region, terrier packs were employed by farmers to hunt foxes that threatened their sheep and other animals as well as to eradicate vermin from their properties.

The early 1900s saw the development of the Lakeland breed standard. It is believed that the Welsh terrier and the now-extinct Old English black and tan terrier made up some of its genetic composition. Additionally, the current breed may have benefited from the contributions of the Bedlington terrier, wire fox terrier, border terrier, and Dandie Dinmont.

The American Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1934. And the United States Lakeland Terrier Club formed in 1954.

Lakeland Terrier Care

The Lakeland terrier favors an active way of life. Although its coat is generally kept clean, it does require some special maintenance. And from an early age, the breed should be trained and socialized.


Consider exercising your Lakeland terrier for at least an hour each day. The best exercises include strenuous fetch games, long walks, jogs, and treks. This intelligent breed can benefit from some much-needed cerebral stimulation from dog sports like tracking and agility.

When outdoors, keep your Lakeland terrier on a leash or inside a securely fenced space. The breed's high hunting drive may compel it to run off swiftly in search of what it thinks is prey, disobeying your requests to bring it back.


To get rid of any loose fur and grime, brush your Lakeland terrier's coat at least once every week. To get rid of the dead fur that doesn't fall out naturally, the coat should also be hand-stripped on occasion. The texture of the coat will alter after clipping, becoming softer and less weatherproof.

Depending on how unclean it becomes, give your dog a bath every four to six weeks. However, examine its ears at least once every week to determine whether they require cleaning. Additionally, try to give it a daily dental cleaning and monthly nail trim.


Although Lakeland terriers are incredibly intelligent, they may also be independent and difficult. It's quite challenging to make someone do something they don't want to if they don't want to. To establish excellent manners and curb negative behaviors, training and socialization should ideally begin as early as possible.

Be persistent in your orders and apply positive reinforcement training techniques consistently. Additionally, keep training sessions interesting and exciting to prevent boredom in your dog. This breed is too intelligent for monotonous work.

Common Health Problems

The Lakeland terrier dog breed is often very healthy. It has no recognized inherited health conditions. Some breeders continue to check for conditions including eye difficulties, heart illness, and that are frequently seen in other dog breeds. However, the recognized breed group does not support any required testing.

Diet and Nutrition

Keep fresh water readily available for your Lakeland terrier at all times. And give it a high-quality, nutritionally balanced dog food, often in the form of two measured meals each day. To be sure you're addressing your dog's specific needs, talk to your vet about the sort and quantity of food you should be feeding him. Depending on their age, exercise level, and other considerations, certain dogs require a particular diet. To avoid overfeeding, restrict sweets and other excess food.

Where to Adopt or Buy a Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland terrier is a rare breed of dog, yet it may still be found at animal shelters and rescue groups. Try to get your name added to a breed waiting list. Additionally, depending on where you reside, finding breeders may be challenging. Be prepared to spend, on average, between $1,200 and $2,400 for a puppy from a reputable breeder.

For more information to help you find a Lakeland terrier, check out:

  • United States Lakeland Terrier Club
  • Lakeland Terrier Rescue

Lakeland Terrier Overview

  • Generally healthy breed

  • Playful and entertaining

  • Doesn't shed much

  • High prey drive

  • Can be stubborn about training

  • Needs specialized grooming

More Dog Breeds and Further Research

Make sure to conduct a lot of research before deciding to get a Lakeland terrier. To understand more about daily living with this breed, speak to Lakeland terrier owners, reputable breeders, rescue organizations, and veterinary experts.

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There’s a whole world of potential out there—with a little research, you can find the right one to bring home!

  • Are Lakeland terriers good family dogs?

    In general, Lakeland terriers are moderately tolerant of children. They can be good for families with respectful older children, but they should be supervised around young children.

  • Are Lakeland terriers aggressive?

    Although well-socialized and trained Lakeland terriers may be wary of strangers, this usually does not translate into hostility. The breed, however, may become hostile to tiny animals that it views as prey.

  • Are Lakeland terriers good apartment dogs?

    Lakeland terriers are fairly adaptable dogs. They often can live in apartments as long as they receive sufficient exercise and mental stimulation every day.


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