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Lakeland Terrier


Life span: 12-16 Years

Height: 12 -15 inches

Weight: 15 – 19 lbs.

The small to medium-sized Terrier breed known as the Lakeland Terrier originated in the Lake District of England. The Lakeland Terrier is noted for its thick coat, which ranges in color from black, blue, and red, to black and tan. The Lakeland Terrier was originally developed for ridding establishments of vermin, however, they have since found their place as show dogs and family pets.

This intelligent breed is loving and playful with its family, but does not do well with strangers. It also might have trouble with small animals and dogs of the same breed or sex. Socialization is key with this breed.

Physical Characteristics

Their ears are small and fold down, with a medium sized tail that remains upright with a slight curve. The eyes are brown with a black nose. Their double coat is made up of a soft and dense undercoat, and a short and wiry overcoat that is longer on the face and legs. Coat colors include black, grey, light grey, blue, red, brown, light brown, and cream colored. They often have two colored coats.


Originally known as Patterdale Terriers, this breed is one of the oldest known terriers. They originally hunted vermin in the Lake District of England. However, when breeding them their purpose was to help farmers keep the livestock safe by hunting any predators, often chasing them for days until they got them. In 1912 a Terrier Club was created to recognize the different Terrier breeds. At this moment the breed was known as Cumberland County Terrier. It was not until 1920 that a standard was established for this breed and its current name was given, due to World War I. It was first used as a show dog in 1928, and in 1934 was recognized by the American Kennel Club.


This breed is loving with its family, but extremely wary of strangers and other animals, especially dogs. When it comes to animals on the same household, they will not get along well with dogs of the same sex and/or breed, and will most likely chase any small animals. They do get along well with children but must be watched around younger kids, as it is not very tolerant. They are intelligent and learn quickly, but can also be very stubborn.


This breed is extremely healthy and has no known diseases.


They need weekly brushing and need to be hand stripped, although they can have their hair trimmed instead. However, this will cause the coat color to fade. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. They do not tend to be highly energetic, and need only a short daily walk and plenty of room to run. Training can be easy, if done the right way for them. They are extremely intelligent, but also get bored easily. Sessions should be short and varied. Early socialization is a must for this breed.



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