Lakeland Terrier Information

The Lakeland Terrier was created in the Lake District of Northern England. He was a working Fell Terrier bred to work to ground after Fox and other vermin, though, today, the term ‘vermin’ is not politically correct. In 1921, The Lakeland Terrier Association (UK) was formed but with just ten years became defunct for one reason or another. Then, in 1932 The Lakeland Terrier Club (UK) was formed and promoted nationally and still going strong to this day. Crufts 1963 saw Rogerholme Recruit go Best in Show, expertly handled by the late Les Atkinson, a great Terrier Breeder/Handler of the day. Crufts 1967 saw Ch. Stingray of Derryabah going Best in Show.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) suggests the name “Lakeland” indeed, is a modern acquisition. In olden times the breed was known as the Patterdale Terrier.(AKC).


The Lakeland Terrier is a small, workman-like, rough-coated dog with small V-shaped drop ears. His head is well-balanced with a flat refined skull; eyes are dark to hazel. His coat is dense, harsh, weather resistant with a finer undercoat. The coat colours come in black and tan, blue and tan, wheaten, red grizzle, liver, blue or black.


HEIGHT – Circa; 1 foot, 1 inch to 1 foot, 2 inches tall at the shoulder

WEIGHT – Circa; 15 to 17 pounds

LIFE SPAN – 12 to 15 years


The Lakeland is cheerful and energetic, but like any self-respecting terrier, he can be willful and determined. Nonetheless, his people are enchanted by his charm, intelligence, and sense of humor. Lakeland Terriers have a lot of courage and confidence. They generally get along well with children and other dogs, but are reserved with strangers. Being terriers, they are prone to chasing small animals, so it’s advisable to socialize him with cats and other small animals from an early age.


Thanks to the “code of ethisc” as set down by the various ‘Lakeland Terrier Clubs’ the breed is generally a very healthy breed. with no inheretid diseases that we are aware of.
To help make sure you get a healthier Lakeland Terrier puppy contact one of the breeders found listed on this site. “Never” buy from a ‘Back-Street’ breeder. Ask yourself; would I buy a second-hand car from a ‘Back-Street’ Trader!! The same principles apply when buying a pedigree puppy!