Lakeland Terrier

Its clear too see why Lakeland terriers were great for hunting. They are known for their usually fearless and self-confident characters and their agile nature helped to protect farmland from vermin. Even with their great hunting work they are still very friendly dogs which makes them brilliant pets too. With their rectangular head, dense coats and charming presence you can be sure they will appeal to terrier and dog lovers. Everything about this breed is tight and tailored. The well-toned body is accentuated by the groom.

Clipping this coat type will normally destroy the correct harsh texture and brilliant colour. The fur will become soft and the colours muted

Coat type

Hard/Wiry if stripped

Fluffy and soft if cut

Grooming Requirement

Hand-Stripping / Clipper Trim

Its recommended that the typical blades for pet grooming a lakeland terrier is: #4F – #10. Card coat after clipping to maintain colour and texture”

Grooming notes

  • By clipping this coat type will normally destroy the correct harsh texture and brilliant colour.
  • Grooming every 6-8 weeks if being clipped or can be increased to 10-12 weeks if dog is being hand stripped
  • Special attention should be taken around the dog’s muzzle which can get grubby after eating and if food deposits build up around their mouths this is the perfect environment for battery to flourish and infection set in.
  • Its important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis, if too much wax builds up in the dog’s ears which can then lead to painful infection which in turn takes longer and is harder to clear.

Grooming Guide

  • Using a blaster can help lift dirt away from the skin and also helps loosen the coat
  • The correct way to maintain a wire coat is by ‘hand-stripping’. This is the only way to maintain the strong colours and coarse texture.
  • By using your fingers, carding tool/stripping knife, pull out a few hairs at a time to shape the coat and always work in the direction of hair growth. Using a light application of powder or chalk can allow for better grip.
  • Sensitive areas are cheeks, throat and private areas
  • Head is a rectangular shape with a fall over the eyes, a well blended beard and goatee
  • Throat is tight #10 -#7F and chest is flat blended with thinning shears
  • Trim ears tight and natural (Outside: #15, Inside: #40) and edge with small detailing shears
  • Patterns lines should be invisible
  • Legs are straight, short and parallel with scissors and length ranges from 1/16 inch to 1.5 inches
  • Underline is short, tight and tailored. Depth of the chest to the elbow
  • Feet are tight and round. Hocks are well let down
  • Rump is tight and clean to highlight a well angulated rear assembly with strong thighs
  • Use clippers for sanitary areas
  • Use rubber curry, shedding blade, coat king (12 blade, 16 blade or 20 blade) pumice stone, carding tool, stripping knife, slicker brush or natural bristle brush to remove any remaining loose hair/tangles. Be careful not to cause brush burn with repetitive/heavy-handed brushing.

Grooming Tools Recommendations

Clipper Blade Recommendations

  • Typical blade for pet grooming –  #4F#5F
  • Throat – #10#7F
  • Outside Ears – #15
  • Inside Ears #40

Shampoo Recommendations

For everyday use on hard/wiry hair mild/hypoallergenic shampoos are recommended. This coat would require different shampoo’s dependant on the finish required. The furnishings may need volumising, shine or detangling where the coat may need substance shampoo’s to ensure the coat doesn’t soften or deep cleaning.

Top coat:


Conditioner Recommendations

Their coat doesn’t require conditioner but may be used as a substance which wont soften the coat or to targets matts and furnishings.



Additional grooming care: