Lakeland Terrier Puppy Facts

Did you just bring home a new Lakeland Terrier puppy and want to learn more about the breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you and your family?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed History

The breed that we know today as the Lakeland Terrier originated in 1800s in England in the Cumberland county which was a part of the lake district near the Scottish border. It was originally known as the Patterdale Terrier, however it should not be confused with the modern Patterdale. Some other names used for the breed include Westmoreland, Fell, and Cumberland terrier.

While the Lakeland Terrier is one of the older working terriers, like all terriers, it's a relatively young breed. It was originally developed by farmers to accompany them on hunts for fox, badger, otter, and other vermin. It could hunt on land, water and even underground.

It's hard to tell which breeds played a role in the development of the Lakeland Terrier but it's generally accepted that the Bedlington Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier played a role. Surprisingly, the breed it's often confused with, the Welsh Terrier, most likely was not involved.

The Lakeland was a working-man's dog, used by farmers to hunt and destroy foxes found raiding the sheepfolds. Unlike other breeds used to hunt foxes mainly for sport, in the hunts involving the Lakeland Terrier the sport was almost always secondary to a very practical matter.

While still used for hunting, the breed is very popular on the dog show circuit. It also makes a wonderful pet and companion.

The Lakeland Terrier was recognized by AKC as a distinct breed in 1934.

Physical Characteristics of Lakeland Terrier Puppies

Lakelands are small and sturdy dogs with narrow bodies that allow them to squeeze into rocky dens to chase after vermin. They are often mistaken as "Miniature Airedales".

The Lakeland Terrier has a rectangular head with straight muzzle, small V-shaped forward folding ears and small oval eyes that come in black, brown or hazel. The nose is usually black but can be liver in liver-colored dogs.

The front legs are strong-boned and straight when viewed from the front. The tail is usually docked and carried erect.

The coat consists of a harsh, wiry outer coat that protects the dog from harsh environment and a soft undercoat that keeps the dog warm. It comes in black, blue, liver, red, or wheaten, with or without saddle markings. The hair is longer on the muzzle and legs.

    Height Weight
  Male 14.5 inches around 17 pounds
  Female 14.5 inches around 17 pounds


Lakeland Terriers are alert, cheerful, confident and intelligent. Though they may be reserved with strangers, they are loving and affectionate with their families and get along very well with children. They also get along well with other dogs.

On the negative side, they love to dig and can bark a lot. Their inquisitive nature often leads them into trouble and, sometimes, danger.

While the Lakeland Terrier is an intelligent dog and learns quite easily, because of his independent nature he can be more difficult to train than some other breeds. For best results, make training sessions fun, challenging and offer plenty of variety.

Unlike most other terriers, when properly socialized, the Lakeland Terrier will get along well with small animals including cats. Socializing your dog at a young age will improve the odds of peaceful co-existence and discourage him from chasing your other pets and small outdoor animals.

The Lakeland Terrier requires gentle but firm training. Unless you establish yourself as a pack leader, your pet will take over and may be difficult to control. He may become willful, aggressive towards other animals, and protective over his toys and food. Firm training methods, along with socialization training, will discourage such behaviors.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

Despite being very active indoors, the Lakeland Terrier can adjust to an apartment lifestyle as long as it gets sufficient exercise.

It will do best with an active family. Some of the qualities a potential owner should posses include assertiveness, confidence and ability to establish himself or herself as a pack leader.

Some Lakeland Terrier breeders may interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

Lakelands are very active and do need regular exercise.

Their exercise can consist of running off leash in a protected area, playing catch, and dog agility. If you are into jogging or bicycle riding, you can take your pet along, but always on leash.

At a minimum, take your pet for several brisk walks every day.


The Lakeland Terrier sheds little to no hair but requires more care than some other breeds that shed heavily. 

For best appearance, the coat needs to be hand stripped at least twice a year. Stripping is a technique that involves pulling the dead hair by hand. It promotes the growth of a new coat and doesn't hurt the dog.

Trim excess hair from ears and between the pads on the feet. Brush and clean the beard on a daily basis for hygiene reasons. Brush once or twice a week and bathe only when necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, Lakeland Terriers are susceptible to complications caused by internal and external parasites such as ticks, fleas, and worms. Other than that, this is a healthy breed with few health concerns.

To reduce the risk of hereditary diseases, buy only from reputable Lakeland Terrier breeders. Visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders.

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for Lakeland Terrier puppies is between 12 and 16 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Lakeland Terrier rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this dog behavior and obedience training guide.

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