The Lakeland Terrier was originally bred in England’s Lake District for the purpose of hunting vermin. The breed descended from the Fell Terrier, Old English Black and Tan Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Bedlington Terrier, and Border Terrier. It was originally bred during the 1800s and is currently one of the oldest still-used working terriers. The breed is excellent for rabbit and fox hunting as well as controlling sheep predators. The breed has impressive stamina due to the fact that it generally ran on foot with the hounds unlike some other hunting terriers. The breed has a reputation for killing foxes in their lairs, yet it can also make an excellent companion dog.
The Lakeland Terrier stands 13 to 15 inches tall and weighs 15 to 17 pounds. It is similar to the Welsh Terrier; its coat is wiry and thick with a softer undercoat which sheds minimally. The coat can be a variety of colors including: black and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan, tan grizzle, red, red grizzle, wheaton, liver, blue and black. Its tail stands upright and its eyes are dark and small.
The breed is confident and bold yet friendly. It is independent and intelligent; the Lakeland Terrier is easy to train. The breed is rarely shy or aggressive.