Lakeland Terrier Resource

Lakeland Terrier

Typical of terriers everywhere, the stylish Lakeland has a confident, cock-of-the-walk attitude, not surprising in a descendant of working terriers bred to kill fox and other vermin that preyed on farmers’ lambs and poultry in Britain’s border county of Cumberland. Tough, brave and agile, the Lakeland is slender enough to follow its quarry through narrow crevices. The breed was originally known by a variety of names depending on where it was being bred. Aliases include Patterdale, Fell, Cumberland and Westmoreland Terrier. The Lakeland Terrier stands 14.5 inches at the shoulder and weighs 17 pounds. The double, hard, dense coat doesn’t shed much and comes in a variety of colors from black to wheaten. Grooming is required about three times a week to maintain coat texture and styling. The Lakeland is hardy and active. It makes a good watchdog and an interesting companion. Every Lakeland should be walked on lead daily. The Lakey has the short attention span common to terriers, so keep training sessions brief and fun but frequent, and don’t let this dog get the upper paw.

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Grooming a Lakeland Terrier

Clipping or hand stripping a Lakeland Terrier takes skill and dedication. Q. We have a lovely five-month-old Lakeland Terrier. We are considering clipping her instead of hand stripping since it sounds like a lot of work and is difficult to properly hand strip the breed. We know that if we have her clippered instead of hand stripping her, her color will be lighter and the fur softer, but we are concerned that she will shed more hair on our clothes when we pick her up. Since we chose a Lakeland…


Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Great Britain
Small Dog Breed
Variety of colors including blue, black, red, liver and wheaten.

Double, hard, dense coat.


Grooming three times a week to maintain coat texture.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 16 years
AKC Group:
Terrier Group
UKC Group:
14.5 inches at the shoulder
17 pounds
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