The Lakeland Terrier is a solid, squarely proportioned dog similar to the Welsh Terrier, but a bit smaller. The Lakeland's head is long with bushy hair on the foreface. The tail is carried up with a light curve, docked to the height of the occiput. Feet are round. The hard outer coat with its undercoat liner protects the dog from brambles and bad weather. Puppies are often born dark. The adult coat comes in many combinations of black, black and tan, reddish, red grizzle, wheat, liver and blue, blue and tan, grizzle, and grizzle and tan. The dog may or may not have a saddle. The tan color is like straw, not rich and dark. The V-shaped ears fold over. The eyes and nose are dark. The docked tail is set and carried high. The dog looks as if he is standing on his toes.
The Lakeland Terrier, originally called the Patterdale Terrier, was developed in England's Lake District to hunt den animals such as badger, fox, and otter. The Lakeland was expected to chase and to kill the quarry. This beautiful, spunky terrier has since become a popular companion and successful show dog. The Lakeland Terrier was accepted into the AKC in 1934.
Peppy, merry, loving. Alert and confident. Can be feisty, willful, and determined. Courageous. This breed loves children.