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Lakeland Terrier

The affectionate, jolly Lakeland Terrier is a small, hardy English dog bred to protect sheep from fox. His dense, wiry coat is longer on the legs and muzzle, which gives him a distinct beard-like appearance. Around people, this dog has a confident quiet demeanor, but he can be bold and aggressive toward other dogs. A lively, feisty breed, the Lakeland Terrier is an ideal fit for active families.

DID YOU KNOW? The Lakeland Terrier is one of the oldest working terrier breeds, having been developed in Cumberland County, England, in the 1800s. The breed descended from the Welsh Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier, Border Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, and Dandie Dinmont Terrier.


The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking an hour a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Not suitable for children, not hypoallergenic, suitable for apartment living
  • Size: Small
  • Height: Males – 37 centimetres at the withers, Females – 34 centimetres at the withers
  • Weight: 7.5 kilograms
  • Coat: Short
  • Energy: Medium
  • Colour: Blue, black, liver, red, or wheaten
  • Activities: Conformation, Hunting, Tracking, Earthdog Trials
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Both

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 – 16 years
Weight: 7 – 8kg
Height: 34 – 48cm
Colours: Black and tan, blue and tan, red, wheaten, red grizzle, liver, blue or black
Size: Medium
Kennel Club Group: Terrier


Family-friendly: 4/5
Exercise needs: 4/5
Easy to train: 2/5
Tolerates being alone: 2/5
Like other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 5/5
Grooming needs: 3/5
Shedding: 2/5


Because of their working roots, the Lakeland Terrier is fearless and fast when they need to be – but in the home, as a pet, they are friendly, loving and affectionate dogs, who are fun and mischievous and love being involved with everything and everyone. Some Lakeland Terriers can be feisty with other dogs and so early and ongoing socialisation is essential.

History and Origins

Country of Origin: England

As the name suggests, this terrier breed comes from the Lake District, where they were bred by farmers to work with hounds and go to ground after foxes to protect their lambs.

Various breeds have contributed to their make-up, including the old Black and Tan Terrier, the Bedlington Terrier, the Welsh Terrier and the Border Terrier - the idea being to breed a long-legged terrier that could keep up with hounds but still be small and agile enough to be able to crawl into holes and rocky crevices.

Health and Common Issues

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Lakeland Terriers

Training Lakeland Terriers

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Did You Know?

  • A Lakeland Terrier called Stingray of Derryabah won Best in Show at Crufts in 1967 and then the next year went on to win Best in Show at America’s Westminster Dog Show. This is the only dog ever to win the ‘double crown’ of the dog world.
  • The first president of the Lakeland Terrier Association had a Lakeland Terrier that pursued an otter into a 23-foot burrow and it took three days to rescue the dog!
  • They’re thought to be a threatened native breed and are becoming increasingly rare.
  • Before being called the Lakeland Terrier, this breed was known as the Patterdale, Fell and Elterwater Terrier.

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