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Lakeland Terrier Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Lakeland Terrier is a medium sized breed of square build. Its skull is flat and moderately broad, and its muzzle is strong and straight, making the head rectangular. The ears are small, folded triangles. It has relatively small, oval eyes ranging in color from dark hazel to a warm brown. Expressive, the breed may give an air of happiness and mischievousness or determination, and is usually alert. The dog has a long, strong and refined neck, arched slightly and widening smoothly into its angled shoulders. A short and level back supports the strong body, with a deep chest and well sprung ribs. The tail is usually docked and set high on the back, with a wide pelvic shelf behind. Straight when viewed from either the front or the side, the fore legs are strong with no bend at the pasterns. The hind legs are powerful and extend well behind the body. Double-coated, the Lakeland has a soft undercoat, wiry topcoat and a beard, in a wide variety of colors including black, blue, red, liver and wheaten.

Lakeland Terrier Fast Facts

13 - 16 years
18th century
17 lb
17 lb
Lakelend Terier, Lake Land Terrier, or Lakland Tarrier.


The Lakeland Terrier is confident, happy and friendly....

In many ways a typical terrier, it can be feisty, stubborn and impulsive. The Lakeland is not usually shy but can be unsure with strangers and aggressive toward other dogs; it enjoys the company of children. Still, children should be respectful of the Lakeland Terrier's space. The dog should be socialized while young, especially around cats and other small animals, as it will give chase. Because the Lakeland Terrier can be willful, training, especially housebreaking, can be difficult. This dog is intelligent and will learn quickly, but training should be firm and challenging. It may bark, and likes to dig.

Caring For a Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier is a hardy breed....

Active indoors, this breed will adapt well to apartment life. It will need opportunities for lots of play, however, so involvement in sporting activities and trips to the park are highly recommended. Two or three times each year, loose hair should be removed by gently tugging on the coat, and hair in the ears between the pads of the feet should be trimmed. It may develop dry skin if kept indoors too much. Though it does not usually have hereditary problems, pay attention to its teeth and look out for ear mites. Lens luxation and distichiasis are occasionally seen in the Lakeland Terrier.

Lakeland Terrier History

Breed History

Once known as the Patterdale, Fell and Elterwater Terrier, the Lakeland Terrier originated in the Lake Region of northern England, and was originally bred to catch small vermin and control the fox population around farms....

It is one of the oldest surviving working terrier breeds. Known to pursue prey deep into tunnels, it is said that in 1821 Lord Lonsdales Lakeland Terrier followed an otter 23 feet under rock; extensive blasting was required to retrieve it. In 1912 the first club for the Patterdale Terrier was established in Cumberland County, England, though the outbreak of World War I prevented any further serious interest until 1921. It was then that the name Lakeland Terrier was chosen and the standard drawn up. American Kennel Club recognition came in 1934. Since then, the breed has had great success as a show dog and moderate success as a pet, and has appeared in print and on television as Nickelodeon Magazines Roving Reporter and Mascot.