It is the result of the crossbreeding between the old English Black and Tan Terrier and the Bedlington Terrier. Through varied selections the current breed was obtained in the Lake area of England where from the name. It was used for hunting foxes and in packs for hounding in big hunts. It is little known outside England and Ireland.
It is a small-sized, lively, robust dog, with a square look and a narrow body. The head is flat, long with a broad, straight muzzle, equal in length to the skull and covered with long, thick hair forming the beard and moustache. The eyes are small, egg-shaped and dark brown. The ears are V-shaped, small and folded forwards. The tail is docked and carried high. The fur is double-layered with a soft and delicate inner layer and a rough, thick, waterproof, medium length outer layer. The colour can be black, reddish, blue, red, golden, brown with or without spots.
It is a lively, resistant dog, sportive type, jolly, active, alert and confident. Gentle, affectionate and devoted to its master, it gets along well with children, it is suspicious of but not aggressive with strangers. It gets along well with other dogs, it accepts other household animals if it was socialized from an early age.
The fur must be trimmed 2-3 times a year (old hair is removed by hand). Excess hair between the footpads is trimmed.
This dog is resistant to weather changes, it is very active and likes to live outdoors but can also adapt to life in a flat, if it can take lots of daily exercise and is taken out for long walks. It is recommended for active people, of the sportive type. It needs socialization and training.
It is a relatively easy to train dog, because it learns easily. The training must be consistent, varied and firm without being harsh. It likes canine sports activities such as flyball, agility exercises.
It is a great dog for hunting foxes, badgers, rabbits, even in rocky areas. It is a pleasant partner for long hikings. It is a good watchdog and a loyal companion.