Patterdale Terrier dog breed.
Patterdale Terrier dog breed. Photography © dageldog | iStock / Getty Images Plus.

Facts About the Patterdale Terrier Dog Breed

A Patterdale Terrier has a small, compact and sturdy frame covered in a smooth, broken or rough coat that comes in red, black, brown, and black and tan.
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Proud parent of a Patterdale Terrier who’s looking to learn more or thinking about getting a Patterdale Terrier dog? Learn the facts about this dog breed here:

Quick Facts About the Patterdale Terrier:

Patterdale Terriers have small, compact, sturdy frames covered in smooth, broken or rough coats that come in red, black, brown, and black and 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.

Patterdale Terrier Traits:

  • Tough
  • Dependable
  • Intelligent
  • Protective
  • Courageous

Who Gets Along With Patterdale Terriers?

  • Experienced dog handlers
  • Active singles
  • Outdoorsy types

What Are Patterdale Terriers Like to Live With?

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.

What to Know About Patterdale Terriers

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.

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4 thoughts on “Facts About the Patterdale Terrier Dog Breed”

  1. One question, can my 11 year old daughter walk the dog herself or will is it too strong and fast for her. She is very strong

    1. Catherine Defazio

      Patterdales are all gas and no brakes most of the time. It depends on how well the Patterdale is trained and comfortable with your daughter’s commands. They tend to pull because their nose guides them. If they are on to a scent they are determined to work and find out what is there. Their nose is incredible in finding game. They are extremely strong for their size and if they are on a scent it’s not fair for them not to get some action at it. So really it just depends. I have Ruff (male) and Ryder (female). In my case, if I had an 11 year old daughter, she would be just fine walking Ruff but not Ryder.

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