Breeds 101

Lakeland Terrier


The Lakeland Terrier is a small to mid-sized member of the Terrier family; It dates back to 1800’s and is one of the oldest terrier breeds that is still around today; The breed probably descends from extinct black-and-tan terrier stock, from which the Welsh Terrier also originates.

The fearless and nimble Lakeland Terrier was originally bred and used by farmers in northern England to protect their sheepfolds from predators. The dog was used to prevent fox and other vermin from destroying the crops and herds; It hunted den animals such as badger, fox and otter; It was able to hunt on uneven terrain, woods, fields and water.

The working Lakeland Terrier was an agile and ruthless hunter, adept at working the rocky ground of Great Britain’s Lake District in pursuit of it quarry; It was willing to take on animals far larger than itself.

The Lakeland Terrier has had periods of show-ring popularity, even winning Best in Show in Great Britain and the United States, but in comparison to more fashionable breeds it remains numerically small.

Some of the Lakeland Terriers’ talents include: hunting, tracking and watchdog. It is a single-minded terrier, best suited to owners with patience.


Small: 13 to 15 inches; Females: 15 pounds, Males: 17 pounds.


Variety of colors: Black, Black and Tan, Blue and Tan, Dark Grizzle, Grizzle, Grizzle and Tan, Liver and Tan, Red, Red Grizzle, Wheaten.


Brave, bright, confident; affectionate with family, especially kids; very intelligent and independent minded; alert, lively, cheerful.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner who satisfies the dogs’ natural instincts.


Daily exercise and playtimes; this dog needs to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk, jog or run alongside you when you bicycle; it is good for apartment life; it is very active indoors and will do alright without a yard; It should have its coat plucked two or three times each year by pulling the old hair by hand; remove loose hair also from the ear passages and trim excess hair between the pads of the feet; it needs more intensive grooming.

Life Expectancy:

About 12 to 16 years.