Lakeland Terrier Temperament

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The Lakeland Terrier Temperament is Keen,Friendly,Confidant, Playful and Inquisitive

Lakeland Terrier Temperament

Like many of their terrier cousins this is an adventurous and energetic little dog that loves to spend time with its family.

The Lakeland Terrier aka Patterdale Terrier  is an affectionate and gregarious dog, not one that will sit around for long periods of time. They naturally want to be involved with everything that goes on in the home and will keep tabs on everyone, often just going from room to room to make sure all is as it should be.

Whilst they will tolerate being left alone for short periods of time, if left alone too long are likely to become bored, get into trouble and exhibit problem                                     behaviors

The Lakeland Terrier’s enthusiastic  temperament means they make the most of everyday, always busy investigating, playing and, if they get the chance hunting, chasing and running.

Children: Lakeland Terriers are good dogs for families and children of all ages, though can be somewhat protective over food and toys.

Protection levels: Naturally protective towards their family. They are very courageous, will bark and give notice of strange people and animals that approach.

Other Animals good with other dogs if properly socialized, better with other animals than many terriers. A natural hunter, the Lakeland will chase, but not as much as some of the other terrier breeds.

Exercise: Loves to be outside and have the time and space to play and romp, this is an active breed both indoors and out. The Lakeland Terrier is an ideal dog for family outings and travel. They don't need highly intensive exercise but can be excellent dogs as jogging companions.

Grooming: Needs little in the way of intensive grooming, a twice yearly stripping out of dead hair and quick brushing every 2-3 days should suffice. Considered to be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Coat: Wiry and Rough for Protection with a soft inner coat for warmth

Health Issues:Free from serious hereditary conditions found in many other breeds, some health concerns to look out for are the bleeding disorder Von Willebrands and the eye condition lens luxation.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

  Lakeland Terrier owners are...Active and playful who likes to include this cheerful character in plenty of fun activities. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.


Lakeland Terriers originate in the Lake District in England and are also known as Patterdale Terriers, they were bred to work alongside hounds to kill foxes or other problem animals. They became more fashionable as fox hunting developed into an elite sport, becoming an integral part of the fox hunt where they gained a reputation as particularly game dogs.

The Lakeland Terrier was accepted into the AKC in 1934 and since then has become a prominent contender in the show ring, combining dapper good looks with unsurpassed showmanship, it is surprising then that these positive characteristics have not translated into popularity as a pet because they really are fantastic dogs.

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The Lakeland is active and curious, much like a young child. Their attributes can lead them and the owners into all sorts of funny or troubling dilemmas. Owners say that they are con artists and like to get their own way, they’ll try to charm you.

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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