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Lakeland Terrier

Named after its English hometown called The Lake District, the Lakeland Terrier is famous for its bold and interactive nature. It is recognized globally as the smallest and friendliest breed of the Terrier family. Discover more about our Lakeland Terrier puppies for sale below!

Breed History

Lakeland Terriers were formerly called Patterdale Terriers which are a crossbreed of the Airedale and Fox Terriers. They were bred originally by herders to hunt game and protect their sheep. 

These could pursue and kill otters and foxes that would try to attack their herd.  Their compact size and energy drive was an advantage, allowing them to speedily and effortlessly cover ground and also fit into small spaces.

In the United Kingdom, Lakeland Terriers are currently at risk of extinction due to low levels of breeding. Their wiry hypoallergenic coats come in black, blue, grizzle, red, wheaten, grey, liver or tan colors.


Lakeland Terriers are lively and self-confident dogs. They are perfect for children. However, they are tentative around strangers. They can be shy yet aggressive. They learn really quickly and can memorize tricks and instructions in about forty to eighty reiterations. Their training process requires consistency.

Some Lakeland Terriers will likely dominate smaller animals. However, with early training, they learn to fare well with cats, dogs, and other domestic animals. As an energetic breed, they especially love exercise and will look for undesirable outlets to exude their energy if not engaged in daily activity.


Lakeland Terriers are impulsive chasers and need a moderately sized fenced-in setting to play in. They adjust quickly to new situations and are not very sensitive to changes in routines or visitors. They thrive in average to cold climates. They make great highland dogs.

They appreciate the outdoors and will wander once or twice, but they prefer being indoors and around their family where it is safe as they acclimatize well to apartment living. They are highly affectionate and will adore involvement in family activities. They are also extremely territorial and make excellent guard dogs.


Lakeland Terriers are highly active dogs and require at least an hour or more for exercise daily. They are perfect for individuals with sporty lives. As a playful and social breed, they love to swim, dig, and chase.

They derive their inherent vigor from chasing hounds, so they appreciate opportunities to run after moving objects or people. They love to play fetch but can be distracted if they get too absorbed in games and exercise. It is best to keep them on a leash in outdoor environments. 


With proper grooming, Lakeland Terriers will not shed fur. While their shaggy outer coat is thick and wiry, they have a soft and fluffy undercoat. These coats are hypoallergenic and require periodic manual plucking to remove old hair.  

Bi-weekly, excess hair around the ears and feet pads require professional trimming. To avoid infections, wipe the ears and eyes habitually. Grooming also includes regular coat brushing, weekly baths, and flea treatments. 

The grooming process of a Lakeland Terrier is time-consuming and must be done meticulously. You might need to employ the services of a professional dog groomer if you cannot handle it yourself.

Our Lakeland Terrier puppies for sale come from either USDA licensed commercial breeders or hobby breeders with no more than 5 breeding mothers. USDA licensed commercial breeders account for less than 20% of all breeders in the country. 

The unregulated breeders who are selling outside of the USDA regulations and without a license are what we consider to be “Puppy Mills.” We are committed to offering Lakeland Terrier puppies who will grow up to become important members of your family. We only purchase puppies from the very best sources, and we stand behind every puppy we sell.

Contact us today to learn more about the availability of our Lakeland Terrier puppies for sale. We look forward to helping you find your next family member. Our pet counselors can answer any questions you have about our Lakeland Terrier puppies.


Ten Top Frequently Asked Questions About the Lakeland Terrier

Are Lakeland Terriers hypoallergenic?

Yes. They do not cause allergic reactions when adequately groomed. 

Are Lakeland Terriers children-friendly?

Yes. Lakeland Terriers are good with children and are also senior-citizen friendly.

Do Lakeland Terriers stink?

If your dog gives off a bad smell, it is probably a sign of uncleanliness or infection. Check the teeth, coat, and ear for possible infections. Your dog could also be having a gas attack. Also, schedule regular baths to keep that coat glossy.

Are Lakeland Terriers suitable for first-time dog owners?

Yes. If you have zero experience with dogs, a Lakeland Terrier is the perfect fit due to their even-tempered personality.

Are Lakeland Terriers office-friendly?

Lakeland Terriers are not the best breeds for workplace settings.

What is Lakeland Terriers weight gain potential?

A typical Lakeland Terrier has an average obesity threat. The more inactive your dog is, the more prone it is to gathering weight. To maintain a healthy weight, stick to a diet plan, and schedule daily walks.

Do Lakeland Terriers sleep a lot?

Not really. They are high-spirited and lively dogs. The best breed if you don’t like dogs that sleep a lot.

How often do Lakeland Terriers have puppies?

Annually. They have a litter size of about three to five puppies. Infrequent breeding is unhealthy and not recommended. 

What is Lakeland Terriers life expectancy?

The Lakeland Terrier has a lifespan of twelve to sixteen years.

Do Lakeland Terriers drool a lot?

Lakeland Terriers have a low drooling tendency.

The Lakeland Terrier is the go-to dog for anyone scouting for a vigorous, yet loving companion that will fit right into their family, and active lives.

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