Patterdale Terrier

The Patterdale Terrier is a fairly easy-going dog for a terrier and is known to be tough and rather determined and do make great little watchdogs.

These small dogs do require a lot of exercise having lots of energy being bred for game hunting, on the flip side they do not need a lot of grooming.

Patterdale Terrier Facts

Patterdale Terrier

Exercise Requirements:      5 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        2 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    3 star rating

Low Shedding:                       2 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         zero star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 25-38 cm (9-14 in)

Weight: 4.5-11 kg (10-24 lb)

Coat: Rough or smooth it is dense and harsh

Colour: Most are black, chocolate, grizzle, liver, red and tan or black and tan

Lifespan: 11-13 years

Special Characteristics

These dogs are known to be lively and easily aroused, you would describe them as being fearless and very playful having strong prey and chase instincts.

Exercise Requirements

The Patterdale Terrier has high exercise requirements having lots of energy to burn. These dogs will need at least two good walks each day.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Are loyal towards their owners and will show them lots of love and affection.

Children: Usually good around children if raised with them from an early age.

Other Pets: They have high prey and chase instincts and will therefore cause harm to small pets and may injure cats unless raised with them.

Strangers: Good around strangers if well socialised from a puppy.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Are good around unknown dogs if well socialised, you should make this part of your training schedule from a young age.

What to Watch Out For

Because the dog was bred for hunting it could and most likely will be problematic around small animals and cats, although they are not as snappy as other terriers.

Health Risks

No real major health risks to mention with this small dog breed other than they do suffer from conjunctivitis by getting dirt in their bulging eyes when out and about.

Ideal Owner

As you would expect, the perfect owner of the Patterdale Terrier needs to be active and have lots of time available to exercise and play with this energetic little dog.

More Photos

Patterdale Terrier with all black fur coat Patterdale Terrier with black and tan fur coat

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