Lakeland Terrier

Dog Breed Profile
Lakeland Terrier

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• High energy level
• Medium exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Shy towards other dogs
• Shy around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• High grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold


The Lakeland Terrier is an energetic terrier dog breed, friendly and always willing to spend his day exploring and playing. With proper exercise he’ll have a quiet and calm demeanor in the home. The Lakeland Terrier can be aggressive towards other small pets, including dogs, and he has a stubborn nature. He requires training to deal with his independent personality and does best with a patient but firm owner who has the ability to see the humor in his behavior.

He has a sturdy build, but long legs allowing him to run with speed through varied terrain. The Lakeland Terrier is adaptable to living in the country or city, and his double coat will need professional clipping.

  • Can live outdoors during the day but prefers to sleep inside
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for are his eyes
  • Grooming needs include at least twice weekly brushing and regular professional grooming
  • The Lakeland Terrier is an affectionate and playful animal that is easy to train
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, not very protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 17lbs and 14.5 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 17lbs and 13.5 inches tall

Care & Health:

Although the Lakeland Terrier prefers to sleep indoors with his family, he requires daily exercise to keep him from becoming bored or frustrated. He’s happy to spend the day outside in a fenced-in yard.

Be sure to brush him a couple times a week and take him for professional grooming on a regular basis.

Major Health Concerns:

– none

Minor Health Concerns:

– lens luxation, distichiasis and occasionally Legg – Perthes and vWD

Test for:

– eyes

Life Span:

– 12 to 16 years

Breed History:

Dating back to the 19th century, the Lakeland Terrier was a popular farmer’s working dog, capable of pack-hunting alongside hounds to deal with the fox population, as well as vermin and even otters. It’s thought he has the same lineage as the border, Bedlington and fox terriers but there is no documentation to back this up.

Over time the Lakeland Terrier became a popular choice for fox hunters, but they did not become recognized as their own breed until 1921. The AKC recognized the breed in 1934, and although he is not a highly popular pet today, he does enjoy success as an attractive show dog.

  • Family history is terrier
  • Originally from England
  • First bred in the 1800’s
  • Original purpose was vermin hunting
  • Today they are used for earth dog trials