The farmer Terrier was necessary to protect sheep and chickens from foxes that ripped them apart. The Lakeland Terrier devoted to this task with a fervor not glorious or pious. Unlike other Terriers destined to fox hunting, the Lakeland always killed its prey. 

A robust and square worker, the Lakeland Terrier is designed to hunt vermin. It’s quite narrow and deep body allows it maneuver in rocky burrows; its limbs are straight and parallel, with enough length for an effective and wide movement; its head is rectangular (not wedge shaped), flat on the top and with a moderate width, with smooth and soft cheekbones; its work jacket is tough, it serves as a coat and protection, rough to the touch. The face and foreleg adorns are abundant but groomed. It is a small dog, which stands at 36 cm, the female 2.5 cm less; weigh approximately 8.5 kg in optimal conditions. Their eyes are small and slightly oval, well separated and aligned; the muzzle is strong, well filled under the eyes; the ears are small, “V” shaped; the forehead is not too long or two short; the nose should be black, not pink or spotted. The neck is long and strong, although refined; the body is strong and flexible; the upper outline, short and straight; well angled shoulders and hind legs. The color may vary, and it includes black, black and tan, blue and tan, gray and black, liver, red with wheat; the specimens with a saddle can be blue, black, liver and grayish (combination of the three colors).


WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             

Not being the most popular Terrier, the Lakeland is a confident breed, who loves fun, and that results in authentic clowns with children.  Its ideal size, not so small it can be stepped on, or as large it can’t be had in an apartment or small home. As every Terrier, it is quite a character, for which it needs strong hand in education.


Smart and quick thinking, the Lakeland Terrier is a reliable partner, entertaining for children. Requires an experienced trainer. 



The puppy color changes a lot in the first months. This Lakeland Terrier already displays its saddle, which usually emerges after three or more weeks. 


The Lakeland usually has smaller litters, for which the size of the puppies varies. After three months the weigh should be between 3 and 4 kg, the males always more. The tail and dewclaws are docked early, find out the enforced laws in your country. Some puppies are born with a short tail, which requires little grooming. Except for the red, which is born with that solid color, the Lakeland is born black with tan colored marks. The marks are not apparent until the second week, and may not be defined until after two second year. There can be white spots, but an excess should be avoided. Spots at the stomach and feet usually disappear completely. Adolescence is marked by a coat hardening – the transition from puppy hair to the adult Terrier coat -. Brushing is important to help this change. The Lakeland’s strong temperament may need some discipline, and the owner should try to make his dog lively, but obedient and sociably.



As other breeds that have been bred for a long time for their functionality and not necessarily for beauty, the Lakeland enjoys good health, it’s resistant to diseases and has little hereditary problems. The cryptorchidism and inferior prognathism are the largest concern for breeders, although Legg-Perthes and Von Willebrand diseases are more serious. Although the Lakeland has never been  bred excessively, it limited breeding base has wisely carried breeders to be careful an excess consanguinity. Testimony of its good health, the Lakeland often lives more than 15 year. Hair care include plenty of “stripping”, although not so much for company specimen. The ears should be cleaned regularly, as well as the teeth, especially in specimens with bad closing, which needs regular prophylaxis to keep it in conditions.


These puppies, with due care and attention, can live more than 15 years this is a considerable commitment, even if a Lakeland demands little from its owner.