Lakeland Terrier


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Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:

12 to 15 years



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Coat Color:

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Best For

Lakeland Terriers are energetic and affectionate dogs known for their adventurous spirit. They thrive in homes with experienced pet parents who can provide plenty of playtime and outdoor activity.

Lakeland Terrier Traits

Lakeland Terrier Temperament

Lakeland Terriers are feisty pups who look forward to adventures with you. With their intelligence and curious nature, Lakies really enjoy exploring, whether that’s a walk in the neighborhood or a hike down a wooded path where they can run on a leash and discover scents with their nose.

Plenty of play that exercises their minds and bodies will keep them happy, content and out of mischief. They’re known to create their own entertainment if they get bored, like digging holes in the yard. (Didn’t you want that new bush over here?)

Lakeland Terriers love their families and are great playmates for children. However, socialization starting when they’re a puppy is important to help these pups get used to kids. Lakies can be wary of strangers and may feel the need to protect their food or toys, or feel threatened if they’re being cornered. So, they may misinterpret a toddler’s exuberant, quick movements and react. It’s important to supervise all playtimes with your dog and small kids, and teach every child in your dog’s life how to play nicely with your pup.

Lakies can get along with other dogs they’ve grown up with, but they might never be a cat’s BFF. Lakelands have a strong prey drive to chase cats and other small pets, like rabbits or gerbils.

These confident pups make great watch dogs. Lakies are quick to bark at new sights and sounds—whether they see a squirrel in the backyard or a guest approaching the home.

Their confident and independent nature likely comes from their fox-hunting history. They started out as farm dogs raised to guard sheep, and the foxes they chased were often bigger than them. Now, that’s a confident pup!

How to Care for a Lakeland Terrier

Despite a Lakeland Terrier’s independent nature, they do need their pet parents for a few key things—including consistent grooming, training and exercise—to look, feel and behave their best.

Lakeland Terrier Health

Lakeland Terriers have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years, and these pups aren’t as popular as some of their cousins. Because they’re not bred as frequently, they have fewer health issues than some other terrier breeds. Being aware of their most common medical concerns can help your pup live the healthiest life possible.

  • Hypothyroidism: This is a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. Luckily, this is typically easily treated by giving your dog thyroid medication every day. When detected early, it usually doesn’t impact the animal’s quality of life.
  • Eye Problems: Lakeland Terriers’ eyes can be susceptible to issues like lens luxation (an inherited eye condition) and distichiasis (unusual hair growth in the eye area). Glaucoma and cataracts may also be common in older Lakies. If your pup is having any issues with their eyes (redness, cloudiness, bulging, squinting or pain), see your vet immediately. Depending on the underlying problem, they may refer you to a veterinary ophthalmologist for advanced diagnostics or treatment options.
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: This inherited hip disease occurs due to deterioration of the ball portion (femoral head) of the hip socket. This painful condition is often treated with surgery.
  • von Willebrand’s Disease (vWB): This inherited bleeding disorder causes the dog’s blood not to clot properly. Most affected dogs live normal day-to-day lives, but unexpected bleeding can occur during surgery, even routine procedures. Genetic screening testing is available so be sure to ask your breeder.

Lakeland Terrier History

The Lakeland Terrier is named for the Lake District of Northern England, where they were bred as farmers’ dogs and tasked with critical jobs like protecting land and sheep, keeping farms free from pests and hunting foxes. The breed’s hard-working attitude persists today, as does their fearlessness, pride and intelligence.

A few other terrier breeds have similar origin stories: You’d be forgiven for confusing the Lakeland Terrier with their slightly larger cousin, the Welsh Terrier—similar in disposition and physical characteristics, the two are sometimes mixed up for each other. (Hint: The Welsh Terrier is slightly larger and is only black and tan. Lakies come in more color options.)

Thanks to their confident poise and undeniable handsomeness, Lakies can make excellent show dogs. In fact, in 1967 a Lakeland Terrier—Champion Stingray of Derryabah—was the first dog to win Best in Show at both Crufts and Westminster.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Lakeland Terrier dog in 1934. Are you looking to add a like Lakie love in your life? You can find a list of reputable breeders on the AKC website. Lakeland Terrier puppy price ranges from $1,200 to $1,800. But for that, you’re likely getting a pup who’s been screened for health and temperament issues and may come with pedigree papers. If you’d like to adopt a pup, contact the United States Lakeland Terrier Club for rescue pups, keep an eye out for the breed at your local animal shelter, or search Chewy’s database of adoptable dogs in your area.


Do Lakeland Terriers shed?

Lakeland Terriers do shed somewhat. Although their grooming needs can be involved, the breed is generally considered low-shedding and may be good for allergy sufferers.

Are Lakeland Terriers good pets?

Yes, Lakeland Terriers are good pets! This breed can make a wonderful pet for the right family who understands their personality quirks. Raising a Lakeland Terrier with kids in the home can be a lot of fun—they can tire one another out during daily playtime.

How long do Lakeland Terriers live?

The average Lakeland Terrier’s lifespan is between 12 and 15 years. With proper care, vet visits and a high-quality diet, you can help your Lakie live a long and happy life.

Do Lakeland Terriers bark a lot?

Lakeland Terriers do tend to bark. Typical terriers, Lakies like to share their thoughts. As such, they may be inclined to bark a lot. You can help curb your pup’s barking urge by teaching them when it’s OK to bark (and when they need to keep those thoughts to themselves).


What are the most common Lakeland Terrier mixes?

Some common Lakeland Terrier mixes are:

Note: These are not purebred dogs but mixed breeds.


Top Takeaways

With a zest for life and a rebel spirit, the Lakeland Terrier is no subservient shadow. They can, however, be excellent family dogs who will frolic with kids for hours on end. Training and grooming routines can be intense, so pet parents should be well-versed in patience and live by the mantra that “practice makes perfect.” The payoff is a playful companion who is chock-full of personality—with the haircut to prove it.

Expert input provided by veterinarian Dr. Cori Wigfall, DVM, BVM and veterinary spokesperson of SpiritDog Training; certified dog trainer Kate LaSala, CTC, CBCC-KA, PCBC-A, CSAT, owner of Rescued By Training; and breed expert Pat Rock, breeder of Lakeland Terriers for 50 years.

Breed characteristic ratings provided by veterinarian Dr. Sarah J. Wooten, DVM, CVJ, a veterinarian at Sheep Draw Veterinary Hospital in Greeley, Colorado; dog trainer and behavior consultant Irith Bloom, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC, owner of The Sophisticated Dog, LLC, in Los Angeles; and certified animal behavior consultant Amy Shojai, CABC, in Sherman, Texas.

The health content was medically reviewed by Chewy vets.

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Top Lakeland Terrier Names

These are the top Lakeland Terrier names as chosen by Chewy's pet parents!

Female Names

  • Bailey
  • Roxie
  • Pippa
  • Bunny
  • Candy
  • Lacie
  • Cricket
  • Kaia
  • Saoirse
  • Tiger

Male Names

  • Oliver
  • Winston
  • Ziggy
  • Reign Babcock
  • Tyrus
  • Darby
  • Jonesy
  • Chico
  • Gt Lewis
  • Boudreaux