Lakeland Terrier

Lakeland Terrier plug

This breed is known by a variety of names, in addition to Lakeland Terrier can be called Westmoreland, Fell, Patterdale, and Cumberland Terrier, incidentally, the name Patterdale Terrier is the origin of this breed. They are agitated and determined dogs, they love to play, swim, run and dig. In addition, they are intelligent and respond well to training. Their expression varies a lot according to their moment, even though they are always alert, they can present a determined and intense countenance, cheerful or mischievous.

Today the Lakeland Terrier it is a family dog ​​and for samples, but it can show its extinct when digging in the yard or participating in tests of the earthdog genre. Its temperament makes it ideal for single people, who spend a lot of time away from home, families without small children or who live in the big city.


Lakeland appeared in England around 1880, in County Cumberland, and is one of the oldest dogs in the Terrier breed group to date. The breed originated on farms in the country and was developed to accompany farmers on hunting and to prevent foxes and other animals from attacking sheep farms. Like the Welsh Terrier, the breed is derived from the extinct black and cinnamon English Terrier.

It is believed that some other breeds, such as the Bedlington Terrier, which had its origin in Northumberland County, next to that of Cumberland, which would justify its use in the creation of the Lakeland, Fox Terrier and Border Terrier, were also used in the development of Lakeland Terrier.


It is a bold, independent and confident dog, however it has a calm temperament and loves to please. It is a dog that adapts well to various environments, be it urban or rural, but it needs an active lifestyle given its energy level, since they were created to be tireless workers.

When in public it is better to keep the dog of breed Lakeland Terrier on a leash, as this dog can be quite stubborn. He is not overly aggressive and manages to live well with other dogs. Shyness, especially in the adult dog, is not typical, just as excessive aggression should be strongly discouraged.

The breed is known for its loyalty and its immense courage, being able to enter burrows and go down to the underground behind small animals.


THE Lakeland Terrier it has dense and curly hair, being longer on the legs and snout, often giving it a characteristic beard. It has an undercoat close to the skin, soft and that should never go beyond the denser layer. It may or may not have a spot on the back and shoulders, called a "saddle". Small, white spots on the legs and chest are not desirable, but they are allowed.

The head is flat and refined, with a wide snout, but not too long. The truffle is usually black, however in liver-colored dogs it is brown. Their jaws are strong, their teeth are long and should meet from end to end when they bite or overlap slightly when the bite is scissor. The eyes tend to be dark or hazel, varying according to the color of the coat, from the front they are quite evident and give the breed a unique mischievous expression. The ears are V-shaped, reasonably small in size, set neither too high nor too low. The neck is broad and slightly arched. Its tail can be clipped, as it used to be, or not. In both cases the case is well set and erect, when not cut it is not curved, nor is it on the back.

The small structure of the Lakeland breed allows you to enter small spaces. It has a square constitution and its hind limbs are muscular and strong, allowing it to walk easily in rough terrain, all with its graceful walk.

Specific care

It is a breed that loses little hair, but requires periodic brushing and grooming to maintain its characteristic appearance. It is important to trim the feet and ears as well.

THE Lakeland Terrier can be created in apartments, as long as you are offered a good daily stroll. When possible, allow him to run in a free and protected place, which gives him great satisfaction.


Dogs of this breed usually live 15 years with few health problems of genetic origin. The most common problem that can occur is dystichiasis, a condition in which an additional row of eyelashes grows along the eyelid, which can cause eye irritation. Dystichiasis is a disease that can be treated and is common in several races.

There are two other problems that the Patterdale Terrier may present: Legg-Perthes disease that causes wear and tear on the hip joint, being more common in small breeds, and Von Willebrand disease, responsible for causing excessive bleeding due to an abnormality of blood platelets. Both are considered unusual problems for the breed, however in Von Willerbrand's disease the dog can be just a carrier or affected.

Video: Lakeland Terrier puppies (August 2021).