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Patterdale Terrier: Training, History, Temperament, Exercise

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About Patterdale Terrier

Country of Origin, History of Patterdale Terriers

The Patterdale Terrier of modern times refers to the mainly black smooth coated fell terrier first popularized by Cyril Breay from Kirkby Lonsdale and Frank Buck from Leyburn in Yorkshire during the early part of the 1950s.

The origins of the breed can be traced back to the cross breeding of The Old English Terrier (the original black terrier) and the Northumberland Pit Terrier (now extinct).

The Patterdale was developed in the rugged hills in the north of England, where farming was not possible. Sheep farming was popular and the Patterdale Terrier was employed to keep the predators away.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The Patterdale Terrier has a short, coarse, weatherproof, broken or wire coat that comes in red, brown, black & tan, bronze, grizzle or black. The face is thickset and the eyes are inquisitive. The widely spaced ears are set high and hang in v-shaped folds. The well-built body is thicker than most any terrier. The legs are solid, with medium-sized feet and sable pads.

Height: about 12 inches (30 cm.)

Weight: 11-13 pounds (5-6 kg.)

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Patterdale Terrier Personality Traits

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Temperament of the Breed

The Patterdale Terrier is a laid back, persistent, robust, independent, determined and tough hunting dog and watchdog. However, they are not 'lap dogs'. It enjoys "curling up at the heating duct" in the house. It is an excellent digger, intently willing to encounter and attack any mammal that has gone to ground. The Patterdale should not be trusted with non-canine pets.

Living Condition

The Patterdale Terrier is not recommended for apartment life. They are relatively inactive indoors provided they get enough exercise during the day. The Patterdale can be kenneled with two or three other terriers. If left in a yard unsupervised, he can dig underneath the fence. The fence should be firm in the ground, and high enough so he cannot jump it to find game.


They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk or jog and would tremendously enjoy running and hiking. Exercise and a hardy stock of prey is the recommended way to satisfy his hunting cravings. The Patterdale Terrier can be very difficult to train. He has a very short attention span and if given the opportunity, will bolt at the first sign of movement. A firm and experienced handler is a must if this breed is to become properly trained.

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It requires minimal grooming. Brushing with a firm bristle or rubber brush will remove excess hair. This breed does love to dig so be sure to clean his feet before coming inside.

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Health and Care

It is a very hardy dog. There has been no report of genetic diseases.

Life Expectancy: About 11-13 years.

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Group: Terrier Group.

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.

Also Known As: Fell Terrier, Coloured Terrier.

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