Breed Organization United States Lakeland Terrier Club Website:
http://USLakelandterrier.org Native Country Great Britain Other Names Fell Terrier, Patterdale Terrier Life Expectancy Up to 16 Years Litter Size Average 3-5 Puppies Breed Group AKC Terrier
Breed Appearance The Lakeland Terrier is small and sturdy. It is
squarely proportioned, much like the Welsh Terrier, but smaller. His
body is deep and narrow and his head is balanced and rectangular.
The muzzle is strong and the nose is black and can be liver colored
on liver dogs. The ears are small and V-shaped, folding over. The
eyes are moderately small with an oval outline. Eye color comes in
black, brown or dark hazel. The stop is barely noticeable. The front
legs are strong and straight when viewed from the front. The teeth
are relatively large and meet in a level, edge-to-edge or a slightly
overlapping scissors bite. The Lakeland Terrier has a double coat.
The outer coat is hard and wiry in texture and the undercoat is
close to the skin and soft. The hair is usually cut so it is longer
on the muzzle and legs. Coat colors come in solid blue, black,
liver, red and wheaten. It also comes with saddle markings, where a
second color covers the back of the neck, back, sides and up the
tail. Saddle colors may be blue, black, liver or varying shades of
grizzle. Puppies are often born black and change coloring as they
grow. The tail is set high and generally docked.
Breed Description Head: Harmonious proportions. Flat
skull. Broad muzzle. Powerful jaws. Black or brown nose. Ears: Small, v-shaped, hanging close to the head. Eyes: Hazelnut or dark color. Body: Compact. Long neck without dewlap. Moderately narrow
chest. Strong, short back. Tail: Set high; carried gaily but not curled over the back.
Typically docked. Hair: Medium length, dense, weather-resistant, hard. Thick
undercoat. Coat: Black and tan, blue and tan, red, wheaten, red grizzle,
liver, blue or black. Small spots of white on the feet and forechest
are permissible. Size: 34 to 37 cm (13,5-14,5 in). Weight: 6,7 to 7,7 kg (15-17 lb).
History The Lakeland Terrier originated in the counties
of Cumberland and Westmoreland in northern England. The breed is
thought to be the result of crosses between various terriers,
including the Border Terrier, the Bedlington Terrier, the Dandie
Dinmont Terrier, the Fox Terrier and the Old English Terrier (now
extinct). The Lakeland Terrier looks like a miniature Airedale
Terrier. This working dog protects the flock, primarily from fox.
The first Lakeland Terrier club was formed in 1912. The breed was
recognized by The Kennel Club in 1921.
Behavior This robust, lively, courageous, obstinate dog
is as at home in the water hunting ottes as he is on land hunting
fox and badger. The Lakeland Terrier forms a strong bond with his
owner. He has a happy disposition, is gentle with children and an
excellent companion. Wary of strangers, he is an excellent, albeit
small, guard dog. Gentle training is required.
Health This is a very robust breed. No known health
Advice This breed can adapt to life in the city, but
requires considerable excercice. Daily brushing is required. This
breed should be professionally groomed three times per year.