Patterdale Terrier Dogs

Patterdale Terriers are friendly and inquisitive. Pals to everyone, they get along with all personality types. However, they are also supremely confident and energetic. Patterdale Terriers may look cute and cuddly, but in fact they have energy to burn. Keep them exercised and occupied with tasks, and they’ll be perfectly happy household pets.

Patterdale Terrier

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Ideal Human Companions

    • Experienced dog handlers
    • Active singles
    • Outdoorsy types

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Trademark Traits

    • Tough
    • Dependable
    • Intelligent
    • Protective
    • Courageous

Things You Should Know

Patterdale Terriers need fresh air, long walks and room to run. Apartment living is probably not best for them. When walking your Patterdale Terrier, always remember the leash. These dogs are quick and curious.

Patterdale Terriers can live as long as 13 years with relatively few genetic health problems. Their coarse coats—whether smooth, broken or rough—need little in the way of maintenance. A good brushing every few weeks will keep them looking fine.

Patterdale Terrier History

Patterdale Terriers were developed in England’s Lake District to catch rats, foxes and rabbits. For many years, the Patterdale was found mainly in northern England—a well-kept secret among the locals. Tough and determined, the Patterdale Terrier continues to be cherished as a hard worker and a true friend.

The Look of a Patterdale Terrier

Patterdale Terriers have small, compact, sturdy frames covered in smooth, broken or rough coats that come in red, black, brown and black & tan. Their strong heads have tapered muzzles, keen dark eyes and V-shaped ears that fold forward. Their tails are carried high without curling over the back. Overall, Patterdale Terriers have a tough but friendly look.

Talk About Patterdale Terriers 

A devoted companion

I love my little Patterdale Terrier girl, Lola. She is definitely a big dog in a little dog's body and needs lots of exercise! But that's one of the reasons I love her so much. She keeps me going! She is very devoted and a good companion, and even at the age of 6 has adapted well to a new kitten in the house. I would recommend a Patterdale to anyone who likes lots of exercise and companionship -- while she has lots of energy, she is also very cuddly.

~Betti D., owner of a Patterdale Terrier

Loyal, fun and full of energy

My little girl, Molly, is a Patterdale Terrier. She is the best companion dog I think I have ever had. She is loyal and fun and full of energy and generous with her love and devotion. Molly is also very smart, she obeys all commands, and loves to play. They are hot blooded little animals so they make for good bed warmers! Molly likes to sleep under the blankets even in the summer. You can find her laying in the warmth of a sunbeam when ever she gets the chance.

They are very energetic dogs that require a place to run. She has two speeds, fast and supersonic! She loves to play catch and tease and will do tricks for treats. If you are thinking about getting a loyal dog with high energy and lots of love to share, a Patterdale is the perfect dog. Friendly and easy to care for, petite but a very hardy dog. Highly recommended!

~Connie G., owner of a Patterdale Terrier

Take the time for long walks

I have a Patterdale terrier (black and white) called Badger. He is loyal, loving, and terrific fun.

He follows me all round the house, and taking him for walks and throwing his ball is never a chore. He adores our other dog, who is getting on in years and she loves to play with him -- to our amazement.

I would recommend Patterdales to anyone who has time for long walks, likes the outdoors and doesn't have a cat! He's a highly intelligent, lovable little dog.

~Beth M., owner of a Patterdale Terrier

A tough as 10 men!

My six-year-old Patterdale Terrier is my world. She is tough as old boots and thinks of herself as 10 men! She patrols the house and the back garden like a security guard. She is very very loving and very, very intelligent! She knows when the telly gets switched off it is time for bed. The only thing with my terrier is that she isn't that fond of other dogs. But she's definitely a people person which suits me fine.

~S. Madden, owner of a Patterdale Terrier

Sweet but devious

I have had big dogs for 30 to 40 years, and TinkerBell is my first Patterdale. I love her sweet but devious personality.

She can play for hours and then flop into a long nap. She loves snuggling, but can be snippy about our feet. (I think they look like prey to her.) She was easy to train and so smart, and quick to heal our broken hearts.

I would not advise this breed for low-activity-level types. They love spending time outdoors if it's not too wet.

~Meemaw, owner of a Patterdale Terrier