The Lakeland Terrier is a dog breed that originated in the Lake District in northern England. These feisty dogs were bred with the purpose of guarding and hunting foxes that attacked chickens and sheep. The Lakeland Terrier is often called Lakie, and can these days be found mostly as a lively family companion.
Like many other terrier breeds, the Lakeland Terrier is energetic and loves to chase as well as digging your yard. These dogs can adapt to different living situations but they are best suited for houses with large, fenced areas.
13-15 in (33-38 cm)
15-17 lb (7-8 kg)
The Lakeland Terriers’ origins can be traced to the Cumberland region in England next to the Scottish border. These dogs are closely related to different British terrier breeds like the Dandie Dinmont, Bedlington, Border, and the now-extinct Old English Black and Tan Terrier.
The exact time of their creation is still unknown but what we do know is that they were employed to guard the English Herdwick sheep against large Westmoreland foxes. Their job was to attack and kill foxes that hunted the sheep they were trusted to guard.
The Lakeland Terrier Association was formed in England in 1921 and soon after, the first Lakeland Terrier was brought to the USA.
Dog Breed Characteristics
The Lakeland Terrier is the smallest of the large terrier breeds. They are “fine-boned” and come in black and tan, blue and tan, dark grizzle, grizzle and tan, liver and tan, and wheaten colors. The Lakeland Terrier’s characteristics are similar to those of a slightly larger Welsh Terrier.
These dogs have narrow chests, broad muzzles, and V-shaped ears. Their eyes are dark and oval-shaped. They are double-coated and an interesting thing about these dogs is that if they are properly groomed, they will not shed.
The Lakeland Terrier is a fairly old breed that is fully registered and recognized by most of the major cynology associations and clubs. They are also registered in the FCI, and as such, they have a full standard in place. FCI places the Lakeland Terrier in Group 3 (Terriers), Section 1 (Large and medium-sized Terriers). Lakie is not required to have a working trial.
According to this standard, both male and female Lakeland Terriers should not be taller than 14,5 in (37 cm) at the shoulder. Male Lakeland Terriers should weigh approximately 17 lbs (7,7 kg) and female Lakelands should weigh 15 lbs (6,8 kg).
The Lakeland Terrier was registered by the FCI on the 14th of October 1954.
The Lakeland Terrier is a full AKC member and the AKC has a standard in place for these dogs. According to the AKC standard, male Lakeland Terriers should be 14-15 in (35,5-38,5 cm) tall and females should be slightly smaller. Males should weigh about 17 lbs (7,7 kg) and females slightly less.
This breed was registered by the AKC in 1934.
Lakeland Terriers have a soft undercoat and a hard outer coat. These dogs don’t shed much. They can come in: black, liver, blue, wheaten and red.
They will also need other basic care; brush their teeth at least three times a week. Check their ears for signs of infection and redness, bathe them every 4-5 weeks (more if they live inside the house), and trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally.
The Lakeland Terrier is known to be trainable and willing to learn. They are interested in learning new things as long as training sessions are interesting and fun. They respond best to positive training methods that involve plenty of treats, praises, and food.
Never use fear, punishment, or pain as a training method. These types of training methods can have a serious negative impact on the dog’s psyche and can cause shyness and aggressiveness.
Lakeland Terrier character
Like many other terrier breeds, the Lakeland Terrier is an energetic and very entertaining dog. They are proud and have been described as having a "cock of the walk" personality. They are alert and playful. The Lakeland Terrier is devoted and loyal to its family and has a healthy, natural distrust towards strangers. They are excellent watchdogs.
Terriers are known to have an “aggressive” attitude but the Lakeland is not like that. They will rarely start a fight, but as natural terriers, they will not back up from one. They will certainly stand their ground and they are not afraid to take on much larger and stronger dogs.
Lakeland Terrier and children
The Lakeland Terrier is known as a breed that loves children. Many terriers are a great fit for children as they have plenty of energy and will to play. If this dog is properly trained, your children will have a great, energetic, tireless playing companion that will certainly make them laugh.
No matter what the breed is, you should always supervise your dog and your children playing. Accidents can happen in a blink of an eye, especially with such a fast and agile dog.
Lakeland Terrier and other animals
These dogs usually get along with other dogs as long as other dogs don’t pick up a fight. The Lakeland Terrier is playful and enjoys the company of other dogs but should never be trusted around other, smaller pets. These dogs have a high prey drive and should never be left alone with smaller pets like cats, gerbils, guinea pigs, or ferrets.
The Lakeland Terrier is generally considered a healthy breed, These dogs have an average lifespan of 12-15 years.
When getting any breed, the breeder must show you health tests that they have done for their breeding dogs. Dogs must be adequately tested because taking a chance and hoping that the puppy’s parents are healthy is a risk no one should ever take. Only healthy dogs should be bred because that is the only way to assure that bloodlines will remain healthy and without any problems.
When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Lakeland Terrier breeder. These dogs are energetic and protective, and getting a poorly bred dog can have catastrophic results. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good Lakeland Terrier breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics.
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