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Lakeland Terrier Breed Summary

Affectionate, Friendly, Sassy, Vocal and Confident

These doggies are extremely cheeky chappies, who are both mischievous and highly comical - but how could you tell that little sweet face off! Additionally, they are extremely adaptable and are just as happy in an apartment as they would be in a mansion!

They are very affectionate doggies and are extreme loyal and protective when it comes to their families. They absolutely adore 'hoomans' and love to be involved in every aspect of home life.

Fun Fact: A Lakeland Terrier named Waffle, living in the UK has a collection of over 1,000 balls which his owner is not allowed to move!

Kennel Club Group Terriers
Lifespan 9 - 15 years
Height (at the withers) 37 cm at the withers
Weight Males 8 kg, Females 7 kg
Coat Double Coats that are Dense with a Harsh Outer Coat. They are Thick and Weather-Resistant.
Colour Black, Black & Tan, Blue, Blue & Tan, Liver, Red, Red Grizzle, Wheaten
Eye colour Dark or Hazel
Common health issues Primary lens luxation, Cataracts, Persistent pupillary membranes, Microphthalmia, Ventricular septal defect, Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome
Other Names Lakeland, Lakie

Lakeland Terriers are known for their affectionate and friendly ways. They get on very well with ‘hoomans’ as well as children and other doggies. They can sometimes be quite feisty which makes them a little harder to train, so they probably aren’t the best breed for a first-time owner. Once trained properly though, they make fantastic family pets, and their comical ways make people quickly fall in love with them! Although small, their tendency to be fairly vocal may rule out being able to live in an apartment (unless you have sound-proof walls!). These doggies also require a fair amount of grooming due to their double coats. However, for the right family, they make excellent pets.

Developed in the leafy county of Cumberland, the Lakeland Terrier has been bred to adapt to the county’s hilly landscape, which is based in the Lake District. The quaint fields are dotted with sheep, some which may be the descendants of Beatrix Potter! However, the area is also local to the aggressive Westmoreland Fox, which preys on the Sheep. Therefore, a doggy needed to be created to both protect the sheep and chase the potential predator away! The smaller Lakelands were also used to dig-out badgers and hunt rabbits. The breed was first register in 1934 and has since become a regular winner at lots of doggy competitions!