The Lakeland Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The Lakeland Terrier emerged from the Lake District of Cumberland, England, in the 1800s. The breed descended from the now extinct Old English Black-and-Tan Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Bedlington Terrier and Border Terrier.
The Lakeland Terrier was first known as the Patterdale Terrier and, like many terrier breeds, was developed to track down and exterminate certain animals. The Lakeland Terrier specifically was charged with locating and killing any fox that found their way to the farm.
The Lakeland Terrier weighs up to 17 pounds and measures 13.5 to 15 inches.
The Lakeland Terrier has a hard, wiry coat with longer hair accenting the legs and muzzle. The Lakeland Terrier sheds lightly and should be brushed weekly and bathed occasionally. If shown, the Lakeland Terrier should also be hand stripped a few times a year, otherwise they can be clipped.
Like all dogs, the Lakeland Terrier needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Lakeland Terrier is charming and spirited.
The Lakeland Terrier loves their family and enjoys being around them. At the same time, the Lakeland Terrier relishes their independence. They see themselves as equal members of the family, not lap dogs or subordinates. Lakeland Terriers have a zest for life and want to live it to the fullest – although mostly on their terms.
The Lakeland Terrier is a natural entertainer with a humorous spirit. This breed is lively and happy, but not overly hyper or rambunctious. They will bark when they notice anyone or anything suspicious and can make effective watchdogs.
The Lakeland Terrier has the typical terrier stubborn streak, but is quick to learn given the right kind of training. The Lakeland Terrier responds best to consistency, patience and positive reinforcement. However, they love to dig, bark and chase, and these habits may never fully go away, even with the best training.
As part of their training, the Lakeland Terrier also needs early socialization. They can be aggressive toward dogs of the same sex if not well socialized with them.
The Lakeland Terrier is energetic and active, and loves to romp and play. The Lakeland Terrier needs a long daily walk as well as regular time outside in a secure area to run around and chase balls.