Lakeland Terrier: Dog Breed Guide

Country of origin: Great Britain
Shoulder height: 34 – 37 cm
Weight: 6.5 – 8 kg
Age: 12 – 16 years
Color: black or blue (with or without tan), red, wheat, red grizzle, liver brown
Use: Companion dog, the family dog

The Lakeland Terrier is a small, high-legged terrier with a strong personality. It is courageous and alert, very lively and eager to move, cheerful and affectionate. With sufficient physical and mental activity, the compact Lakie can also be kept well in a city apartment.

Origin and history

The home of the Lakeland Terrier is – as its name suggests – the lake district of northern England (Lake District), where this agile, courageous terrier was bred specifically for hunting foxes and rabbits. The breed was not officially recognized until 1928. In its native Great Britain, the Lakeland is a popular family and show dog. It is relatively rare in other parts of Europe.


Lakeland Terriers are small, high-legged terriers, standing around 36cm at the shoulder and weighing an average of 7kg. Outwardly, they are very similar to Welsh Terriers. Their body is built roughly square, the skull is flat and elegantly cut. The brown eyes are small and oval, the V-shaped ears are set high and tipped forward. The tail is carried happily upwards.

The Lakeland Terrier’s coat consists of a wiry, weatherproof top coat and plenty of undercoats. It comes in black or blue (with or without tan), red, wheaten, red-grizzle, or liver-brown.


The breed standard describes the Lakeland Terrier as a cheerful, fearless, and inquisitive dog with a lot of confidence. Like many terrier breeds, the Lakeland is very courageous towards its peers and does not avoid arguments. It is always alert, full of energy, and very alert and alert.

The Lakeland Terrier forms a close bond with its people, is affectionate, and also cuddly. With a bit of consistency, the intelligent and docile Lakeland is also easy to train. However, its strong personality, temperament, and passion for hunting should not be underestimated.

The robust nature boy and passionate swimmer loves to be outdoors and needs a lot of exercise and activity. A Lakie is not suitable for couch potatoes and lazy people. Due to its handy size, it can also be kept well in an apartment in the city, provided it gets enough exercise and can burn off energy on long walks, bike rides, hikes, or dog sports activities.

The Lakeland Terrier’s coat needs to be trimmed about once every three months, but does not shed and is easy to care for.

Ava Williams

Written by Ava Williams

Hello, I'm Ava! I have been writing professionally for just over 15 years. I specialize in writing informative blog posts, breed profiles, pet care product reviews, and pet health and care articles. Prior to and during my work as a writer, I spent about 12 years in the pet care industry. I have experience as a kennel supervisor and professional groomer. I also compete in dog sports with my own dogs. I also have cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

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