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Lakeland Terrier


Lakeland Terrier Facts

  • Group
  • Terrier
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 14" - 15"
  • Weight
  • 15-17 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Blue
    • Fawn
    • Red
    • Brown
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

none known


The Lakeland Terrier originated in the Lake District of Cumberland, England near the Scottish border.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1700's.


The Lakeland terrier is among one of the oldest working terrier breeds known today. It was bred by farmers who hunted for by working hounds and terriers together. The Lakeland terrier was specifically bred for its gameness. It became known outside the area in the early 1900's. Interest in the breed decreased during WWI but it was revived after the war was over.


This is a small, square, and sturdy dog with a deep, narrow body. Its skull is flat and broad and the muzzle is strong and straight. The head is rectangular, with the length of the skull equaling the length of the muzzle. The nose is usually black but may be brown. The eyes are small, oval, and brown or hazel, depending on the color of the dog, and the small V-shaped ears are folded forward. The tail is docked and carried erect. It is double coated with a soft undercoat and wiry outer coat; the head is usually trimmed or hand stripped. The coat is blue, black, brown, wheaten, or red, with or without saddle marks.


This is an alert, confident, bold dog. It is wary with strangers, although not aggressive, and friendly with those it knows. It tends to get along well with other dogs.


This breed has been successfully used for otter hunting in water and for fox and badger hunting in their dens. Due to its beauty and good character, the Lakeland is today esteemed as a fine and luxurious companion dog.

Health Concerns

Legg-Perthes disease.

Additional Information

This breed would do well with an active individual or family.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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