Lakeland Terrier


A tough, small terrier with a huge personality. Happy and enterprising, intelligent. Has great enthusiasm and zest for life. This terrier is fearless and spirited, will stand ground if challenged and is tenacious. They adore human companionship and have great sense of fun.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: High. 1.5 to 2 hours per day, more would be relished. This is an energetic breed that goes outdoors in all weathers. They will do long hikes, but will chill occasionally by the fireside. They love to race around and play ball and fetch games.

Size: 13-15 inches

Weight: 16-18lbs

Colour: Black and tan mix, red, wheaten, sometimes chocolate and liver. All black is found in Scandinavian breed lines.

Town or Country: Both, but great in Country

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: Country dwelling, active outdoorsy families with older children, or singles and couples, who relish the idea of doing fun, stimulating and energetic things with their dog, and have the strength of character to deal with any stubbornness. Maybe ok for the right first time owners.

Group: Terrier

Originally From: Lake District, north west England, around 1800

Original Purpose: Working. Fox hunters, often working with hounds over high hills and long distances.

Living Space: Medium to low – they don’t take up much space indoors but the more exercise they have, the calmer they will be indoors. A good sized securely fenced garden is an advantage, especially at ground level, to prevent burrowing and escape. They like to dig

Coat: Medium, double coat with harsh top layer and fluffy under layer.

Grooming: Medium. Coat requires stripping or trimming 2-3 times a year and a brush 2-3 times a week.

Children: Great with older children (7/8 years upwards) who will keep it entertained.

Sociability with strangers: Medium – tend to be reserved with strangers though early socialisation can overcome some of this tendency.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Medium. Must be socialised early to avoid problems. Should not be homed with small pets including cats due to strong prey drive. Can be possessive and dominant with toys and food, and with other dogs in and outside the home. Best homed with the opposite sex dog.

Trainability: Medium to high. Intelligent and alert dogs that need to be mentally and physically stimulated. They love ball and fetch games so flyball, gundog training or anything active and mentally challenging will be a bonus.

Noise Level: Medium to high – they can bark a lot and therefore not a good choice for apartments.

Known Health Issues: Very tough and hardy.

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Special Needs: A strong owner and someone who can keep it stimulated. Should not be left alone for long periods to avoid destructiveness through boredom.    Send article as PDF