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Lakeland Terrier
Teddy, 7 weeks old
Photo courtesy of Debbie Morrell,
Breeder with puppies available occasionally.

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Great Britain


Ideal height for a mature male is 14 1/2 inches (37 cm) at the withers. Females are generally about one inch smaller.


A mature male in good condition weighs approximately 17 lbs (7.5 kg). Males are squarely built and females may be slightly longer in length.

Breed Profile:

The Lakeland Terrier, once known as the Patterdale Terrier, originated in Cumberland County in England in the early 19th century. The Lakeland was bred to hunt vermin in the rugged shale mountains of the northern England Lake District. Some of the breeds involved in the development of the Lakeland Terrier include: The Wire Fox Terrier, the Border Terrier, the Bedlington Terrier, and the early Dandie Dinmont Terrier.

The Lakeland has the typical Terrier temperament, that being bold, friendly, happy and self-confident. He makes a good watchdog and a great companion. He is typically alert, loves activity and is always ready to go. At times, he is also very intense and determined. Shyness and over aggressiveness is not typical of the breed.

He has a short, hard and wiry outer coat with a soft undercoat. He comes in a variety of colours, including blue, black, liver, black and tan, blue and tan, red, red grizzle, grizzle and tan, or wheaten.

Lakeland Terrier

Photo courtesy of Debbie Morrell
Breeder with puppies available occasionally.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Lakeland Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

The Lakeland Terrier's coat needs weekly brushing and shaping every few months.

  • Grooming a Lakeland
  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

Breeders  /  Breed Clubs  /  Rescues  /  Books & More