Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier originates from the Lake District as its name suggests and forms part of the terrier group of dogs.

Lakeland Terrier Breed introduction and overview

The Lakeland Terrier was developed in the Lake District region of England and was formally recognised by the Kennel Club in 1921. It was bred to hunt foxes in packs on the tough and rugged terrain of the fells. Its harsh and wiry coat provided the much needed protection from the harsh elements as it worked. This is a dog with an abundance of stamina, coupled with a high level of intelligence.

Lakeland Terrier breed group

The Lakeland Terrier belongs to the terrier group of dogs.

Size of the Lakeland Terrier


Colour varieties of the Lakeland Terrier

The breed comes in a variety of colours and markings which include:

  • Black
  • Black & Tan
  • Blue
  • Blue & Tan
  • Liver
  • Red
  • Red Grizzle
  • Wheaten

Country of origin


Size and weight of the Lakeland Terrier

Height bitch up to 37cms

Height dog up to 37cms

Weight (kilos) bitch around 7kgs

Weight (kilos) around 8kgs

Exercise requirements of the Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier requires at least an hour of exercise every day, although it’s a breed that can happily run around all day.

Lakeland Terrier temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets

The Lakeland is a good family dog, and normally patient and tolerant of children. However, male dogs can be problematic with other dogs, but females are usually fine. Care should taken to avoid contact with cats and other smaller family pets, due to the breed’s strong hunting nature. Training should start from an early age, and good socialisation skills are vital to prevent any unwanted behaviour.

Is the Lakeland Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No, this is a dog for an active and experienced handlers with a good understanding of the breed.

Lakeland Terrier coat length

Medium. The coat is coarse and harsh.

Grooming requirements of the Lakeland Terrier

Medium. The harsh coat requires regular brushing with a soft slicker brush to prevent the build up of matts and tangles. The muzzle area needs to be checked after meal times to prevent deposits of food building up. The coat should be hand stripped by a professional groomer twice a year. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.


Yes. The Lakeland Terrier does not shed, so may be a suitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Lakeland Terrier

The Lakeland Terrier is a healthy and hardy dog with no known health issues at the present time, but owners should consult their breeder about the following known problems that have been found in the breed:

  • Cataracts

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Lakeland Terrier

A healthy Lakeland Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of up to 15 years.

Approximate Lakeland Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £350 for a pedigree puppy, and litters are sometimes available. 173 pedigree puppies were registered with the kennel Club in 2015. There is normally an average of 3-5 puppies in a litter.

Estimating how much a Lakeland Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 7kgs will require around 150gms of complete dry food daily. A dog weighing 8kgs will require around 160gms of complete food daily.

A bitch weighing 7kgs will cost around £3.50 per week to feed. A dog weighing 8kgs will cost around £4.00 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment