The Lakeland Terrier is a high-energy, confident, loving, playful and happy companion. He loves to run, race around with his ball, swim, and dig outdoors! He needs a great deal of attention and activity. He wants to keep busy and be involved with his family, and shouldn't be left alone for very long. He's a fearless and determined dog who is also a good watchdog. He will bark to let you know a stranger is approaching. He may need to be taught when he's barked enough and that it's time to be quiet again. He's friendly with his family and friends, but is cautious around strangers. Since he has so much energy, he needs a daily walk and also regular chances to run freely in a safely enclosed yard or park. You will need a strong fence since he may want to dig underneath it, and you may not have much luck keeping your garden hole-free! When out walking he should always be on a leash since he tends to chase after small animals. He gets along well with other dogs, and can get along with cats if raised with them while still a puppy. He doesn't do as well with small animals like hamsters, rabbits and mice because his prey-drive is high and he will try to catch them. He can be difficult to train because he can be stubborn and independent, and has a way of not hearing you when he gets excited. You will need to be firm, patient, and positive to teach him, and should make his training interesting and lots of fun. He can be hard to housebreak. He loves children and is wonderful around them as long as they are respectful toward him. He virtually doesn't shed so he would make a good pet if you're a clean-freak.
The Lakeland Terrier is 13 to 15 inches tall (to shoulders) and weighs 15 to 17 pounds.
He has a medium-length, wiry coat consisting of a wiry outer coat and a soft undercoat. His coat color can be black and tan, or blue and tan, or gray, brown, tan, wheat or red.
He only needs to be brushed occasionally. Pet coat: Clipped short every few months. Show coat: Stripped (dead hairs plucked out) every few months.
The Lakeland Terrier is one of the oldest working terrier breeds, and is descended from terriers out of the Lake District of northern England. He was bred to hunt rats, badger, otter and foxes , especially below ground. In 1912 the first English club devoted to his breed was formed, although attention to him declined during World War I. It had revived by 1921, when the name Lakeland Terrier was chosen for him. He was admitted to the AKC in 1934. His AKC popularity was 130th out of 157 breeds in 2007.