Patterdale Terrier

Thinking about purchasing an Patterdale Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Patterdale Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.

Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.

Fundamental requirements for a being a good Patterdale Terrier owner;

Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Patterdale Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.

Questions you may want to ask an Patterdale Terrier Breeder:

It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Patterdale Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."

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Patterdale Terrier Breed Profile

The Patterdale Terrier is found primarily in the Lake District and in Yorkshire where it is used to hunt rat, fox and rabbit and is brd more for its working appearance than its appearance. The Patterdale is a hard-bitten terrier, willing to work and reputed to be quiet both indoors and out. Although the Patterdale Terrier's small size could qualify him as a toy dog, his abilities and gameness deems him as a solid terrier; his determination and toughness demand his inclusion in the mastiff group. They are game and tough when hunting. Hunters often take three or four dogs with them on an outing. Patterdales are attractive as pets, but prospective buyers should be aware that while these dogs may enjoy sitting in a lap, they are not “lap dogs” – they are dogs that require training and regular and consistent exercise to maintain their temperament and to occupy their minds.

Other Names: Fell Terrier, Coloured Terrier, Lakeland Terrier

Type: Terrier

Height: Less than 12.5 inches
12 - 13 lbs.

Colors: Black, Red, Chocolate or Black/Tan
Is dense and coarse. May appear smooth or broken.

Temperament: The Patterdale Terrier is a laid back terrier, not as yappy as some other terriers. It enjoys "curling up at the heating duct" in the house.
With Children:
With Pets:

Watch-dog: The Patterdale Terrier is a Good Watchdog

Guard-dog: Yes
Care and Training:
Little grooming is required. An occasional combing and brushing is required.

Learning Rate: Medium-High

Special Needs: Plenty of exercise, long walks or jog. The Patterdale Terrier requires training and regular and consistent exercise to maintain their temperament and to occupy their minds.
Living Environment:
Not recommended for Apartment living

Life Span: 11 - 15 Years.
Litter Size:
Average littler size up to 6 Puppies.

Country of Origin: Great Britain
At one time, different strains of Terrier existed in each isolated village in the north of England. Breeding to Kennel Club standards reduced this great variety, but some remote region's unrecognized breeds continued to flourish. The Patterdale is one of these breeds. Virtually unknown outside Great Britain, this breed is generally found in Great Britain's Lake District and in Yorkshire. The name Patterdale was chosen after the village in Cumbria, where the dogs were common. The Patterdale was first brought to the USA in 1978. In the USA the dogs hunt anything with fur from woodchuck (groundhog), fox, raccoon and even badger.

Registries: CKC, APRI, NKC, ACR

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