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Lakeland Terrier - Breed Profile:

Origin: England
Colors: Variety
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Tends to be very dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Average barker

Physical characteristics

The Lakeland Terrier looks like a smaller version of the Welsh Terrier. The square-shaped body is relatively narrow, strong, supple, and sturdy. The head is moderately broad, long, with a barely noticeable stop. The foreface is covered with long bushy hair. The dark eyes are moderately small and set well apart. The small V-shaped ears fold just above the top of the skull. The jaws are powerful, with large teeth meeting in a level or edge-to-edge bite. A slightly overlapping scissors bite is also permissible. The nose is dark. The thighs and shoulders are powerful, well-muscled, and well-angulated. The tail is customarily docked; it is set high and carried upright. The dog looks as if it is standing on its toes.
Lakeland Terriers weigh about 17 pounds. Their height is 13 to 15 inches, which


Alert, lively, cheerful, and affectionate. This breed loves children. Confident and brave, Lakeland Terriers need unyielding training and a firm, consistent, confident human leadership. Without it, the dog may become wilful, possessive, and willing to do things in its own way. Training process should be full of variety and challenge to stimulate the dog's mind - the Lakeland Terrier learns much faster when it is not bored. An early socialization with people, other dogs and non-canine animals is necessary to avoid timidity and aggression.
The Lakeland Terrier is good for apartment living. It is very active indoors and will do fine without a yard. Nonetheless, like for any other dog, daily walks are a must. This breed likes to dig and may be a barker, but proper training, clear human leadership, and discipline should prevent this. A well-balanced Lakeland Terrier is a great family companion.

Coat and grooming

The double coat of Lakeland Terriers is a good protection from from brambles and bad weather. The outer hair is hard and wiry, while the undercoat is soft and close to the skin. In show dogs, the hair on the skull, ears, forechest, shoulders and behind the tail is trimmed short and smooth. The body hair is a bit longer. The legs and foreface are profusely furnished and crisp in texture. Regular grooming is necessary. The dog should have its coat plucked two or three times a year by pulling the old hair out by hand.
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Lakeland Terriers come in a variety of colours such as solid black, black-and-tan, solid red, red grizzle, solid wheat, solid liver, liver-and-blue, solid blue, blue-and-tan, grizzle, and grizzle-and-tan.


The Lakeland Terrier is a healthy breed with no serious breed-specific diseases. The lifespan is 10 to 12 years.

Other interesting facts

The Lakeland Terrier was originally called the Patterdale Terrier. The breed was developed in England's Lake District to hunt den animals such as badger, fox, and otter. It is one of the oldest living terrier breeds still known today.