Lakeland Terrier

Other names/Nicknames:
  • Cumberland Terrier
  • Patterdale Terrier (although there is another by that name now)
  • Lakies
Country/Date of origin:
  • England
  • 1700′s
  • Female:  13-1/2 inches
  • Male:  14-1/2 inches
  • 15 to 17 pounds
  • A friendly, cock-of-the walk attitude.
  • Alert nature makes the Lakeland a good watchdog.
  • Typical terrier stubbornness may make him difficult to housebreak.
  • Tends to bark excessively.
  • Active and requires a great deal of exercise.
  • Argumentative with other dogs, and death to cats and other small, furry critters.

Developed in the lake district of the north England, the Lakeland has strong working roots.  Farmers trained the little terriers to attack foxes, which raided their sheep.  Fox hunts often carried Lakeland Terriers to use as the go-to-ground terrier to root the fox out of its lair.  In the early 20th century, the breed was standardized.  In 1921,  it began to be shown as the Lakeland Terrier in England.  Known for their courage and endurance, the Lakies were recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1934.  It remains relatively unspoiled, never having achieved great popularity.

Body Type:
  • A medium-sized, rough-coated terrier with lavish eyebrows and beard.
  • Erect tail is docked.
  • Ears are folded forward and not altered.
  • The workman-like, weatherproof coat is double,  with the outer hard and wiry and the undercoat soft.
  • Allowed colors are blue and tan, wheaten, and red (the most commonly seen color).
  • Requires professional grooming.
Health and Wellness:
  • Lens luxation of the eye.
  • Dry skin problems if kept indoors.
What you should know:
  • In 1967, Stingray of Derrybah (a champion Lakeland) won both Crufts (England’s most prestigious show) and Westminster (America’s top show).  He is the only dog, any breed, to have ever won the double crown.
  • One of the champions of this seldom seen breed is the entertainer Bill Cosby.
  • Puppies often have a soft, curly coat.  This disappears by the time the dog matures.
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