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Lakeland Terrier

A smart, workmanlike dog, the Lakeland Terrier is a compact dog with a thick, harsh coat.

12 – 16 years
7 – 8kg
34 – 48cm
Black and tan, blue and tan, red, wheaten, red grizzle, liver, blue or black
Kennel Club Group
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Might not like other dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

Like many small breeds, they can suffer from:
- Patellar luxation
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
- Microphthalmia¹ which is a birth defect where one or both of the eyes are smaller then normal.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

¹R. D. Clark, 'Medical, Genetic and Behavioral Risk Factors of Purebred Dogs: Volume 3', 2019


Because of their working roots, the Lakeland Terrier is fearless and fast when they need to be – but in the home, as a pet, they are friendly, loving and affectionate dogs, who are fun and mischievous and love being involved with everything and everyone. Some Lakeland Terriers can be feisty with other dogs and so early and ongoing socialisation is essential.

Did You Know?

  • A Lakeland Terrier called Stingray of Derryabah won Best in Show at Crufts in 1967 and then the next year went on to win Best in Show at America’s Westminster Dog Show. This is the only dog ever to win the ‘double crown’ of the dog world.
  • The first president of the Lakeland Terrier Association had a Lakeland Terrier that pursued an otter into a 23-foot burrow and it took three days to rescue the dog!
  • They’re thought to be a threatened native breed and are becoming increasingly rare.
  • One of the top-winning show dogs of all time was a Lakeland Terrier owned by Jean L. Health and Bill Cosby.
  • Before being called the Lakeland Terrier, this breed was known as the Patterdale, Fell and Elterwater Terrier.
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