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Lakeland Terrier – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: 15 to 17 pounds
Height: Standards states that height for these dogs should not be above 14 and a half inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Medium to High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Lakeland Terrier, Dog Breed Guide


The Lakeland Terrier is considered to be one of the oldest terrier breeds still existing today! They were once called Patterdale Terriers, but are now considered a different terrier breed since the late 1800s. These dogs were originally used as farm dogs, hunting down rodents as well as guarding the livestock against foxes. They were also famous for being hunting dogs in dens, places where otters, foxes, and badgers often venture in.

Official Name

Lakeland Terrier
Other Name:
No other name


Date – 1800’s
Country – England
Family / Group – Terrier

Recognized By

American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Club Español de Terriers – Spanish Terrier Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


Since the 1800s, farmers in England have been developing the Lakeland Terriers as a purebred. These dogs get their name from their place of origin which is at Cumberland County. This county is located in England’s Lake District and was populated mostly by farmers who initially bred these terrier dogs. They used the Lakeland Terriers as hunting dogs, specifically for foxes. These dogs hunted together with various hunting dogs that belong to the hound and terrier group. The pioneer breeders of the Lakeland breed specifically developed them for their impressive gameness when out in the hunt. Lakeland terriers can trace their bloodline from the Old English Wirehaired Terrier breed that was local to the Lakeland district as well as the Bedlington terrier dogs. These are the two terrier group that were used to develop the modern day dog breed that we know today.


The Lakeland Terrier is known to show impressive alertness, high confidence and boldness when out hunting. These terriers are very friendly towards family and friends. When it comes to strangers, Lakeland dogs will be very wary but no to the point that it will show aggression. These dogs were used as pack hunters and would be very friendly to other dog breeds.

Bred For

Lakeland Terriers are dogs that were used to hunt down vermin as well as prevent foxes from eating and destroying farm crops and livestock.


The Lakeland terrier is good for apartment life. It is very active indoors and will do alright without a yard.


Lakeland Terriers are dogs that shed very little hair or none at all. That doesn’t mean that these dogs grooming requirement will be easy. Lakeland terriers, both show type and working types require a moderate amount of attention. Their coat should be plucked for dead hair. This should be done three times annually.


Lakeland Terriers earned the reputation of being difficult to train. This is because the breed gets bored easily. Training should be done in a brief and interesting manner. These dogs are also tough to housebreak, but these dogs will be quite a house friendly once they get a hang of the house rules.


Being one of the oldest terrier purebred still existing today, Lakeland terrier dogs are considered and proven to be generally healthy. One health problem, the Legg-Perthes, a disease is known to show in some of these dogs bloodlines. This is not common but it does happen.


These are terriers which mean they are extremely active. Lakeland Terriers need owners that will devote time to take them for long brisks walking sessions. Having them as jogging or running mates is deal!