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Lakeland Terrier

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Lakeland Terrier AKC Group: Terrier
Height: Male: 13 - 14 inches, Female: 12.5 - 13.5 inches
Weight: 15 - 17 pounds
Colors: Blue, black, liver, red, blue and tan, black and tan, liver and tan, red grizzle, tan grizzle, wheaten
AKC recognized in: 1934

The Lakeland Terrier is a square, sturdy breed of Terrier which originated sometime in the 1800’s in Northwestern England, specifically in its Lake District of Cumberland near the Scottish borders.

It is said to be a descendant of the Old English Black and Tan and the earlier breeds of the Fell Terrier, Border Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, and Dandie Dinmont Terrier. However, the most homogenous breed since the 1920’s comes from a cross between a Fox Terrier and an Airedale Terrier.

One of the oldest working Terrier breeds, the Lakeland Terrier was born with the sole purpose of hunting vermin and exterminating fell foxes. They protected farmlands and prevented raids on sheep and lambs.

Popular for being an efficient hunter, tracker, and watchdog, the Lakeland Terrier was first recognized as a breed in 1921 and accepted into the AKC in 1934.

The body of a Lakeland Terrier is proportioned much like a Welsh Terrier: small, square, and sturdy. The difference is that the former is slightly shorter and more fine-boned. Its muzzle is strong, and the teeth are large and level. Ending in an upright tail, the double coat consists of a thick, hard top coat and a softer undercoat.


Lakeland Terrier Summary
Affection four paws
Cold Tolerance four paws
Ease of Training three paws
Energy level four paws
Exercise Requirements four paws
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets two paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability four paws

Brave and tenacious as the Lakeland Terrier is, it could hunt all sorts of quarry and kill foxes right in their lair. It is just as courageous today, but it has evolved into more of a gentle and loving home companion.

When domesticated and trained, these dogs prove to be friendly and loyal. They are cheerful and affectionate towards people they’re attached to. It is rare for them to be either shy or aggressive. The most they can be is bold and strong-minded.

To curb this independent streak without undermining their intelligence and confidence, you only have to instill the right discipline in them. And although they are quite easy to train, Lakelands can exhibit some “selective deafness” to your commands, especially when you’re being boring and uninteresting.

Like most dogs, what arouses their interest the most is variety. Challenge them with an invitation to exercise outdoors and play catch. When you let them release their energy, they are eager to please. Happy and content, they will not be noisy and yappy at all.


The average lifespan of the Lakeland Terrier is 12 to 16 years.

While the Lakeland Terrier is generally a healthy dog, it is susceptable to certain health problems. These problems include:

  • Von Willebrand’s Disease - This is a blood disease that causes a deficiency in clotting glycoproteins. This disease is similar to hemophilia in humans.
  • Legg-Perthes Disease - This disease involves the degeneration of the head of the femur bone due to interruption of the blood supply to the femur. This condition can lead to arthritis or inflammation of the hip joint. Because this is an inherited condition, if a dog is diagnosed with this disease, she should not be bred.
  • Lens Luxation - The dislocation of the lens of the eye from its normal location. Depending on where the lens dislocates to, this could result in glaucoma.
  • Distichiasis - An inherited disorder where there is uncommon growth in the eyelid area. Normally this can be ignored, unless it causes discomfort in your dog.


Because they can adapt to life indoors, Lakeland Terriers are good with apartment living. They will be fine without a yard, provided you take them for daily brisk walks or jogs.

Lakeland Terriers can be difficult to house train. Patience, consistency, and crate training will help.

Show and pet Lakeland Terriers won’t shed much hair in your home, but it would be wise to hand-pluck their coat twice a year. Pay special attention to hair in their ear passageways and between the pads in their feet.

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