Patterdale Terrier

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Life span

15 Years


40 Kg


Hybrid Dogs

Patterdale Terrier Overview

The Patterdale Terrier originates from the Lake District, England. Bred for the purposes of fox hunting, this small dog breed is compact and energetic. The height of a  Patterdale Terrier varies between 25-38cm, whether they’re male or female. This dog is has a placid temperament and is bold and courageous in their approach to life. They’re friendly, intelligent and make a wonderful addition to an active family. They come in a variety of colours such as; tan, black, chocolate, tan and blue.

Patterdale Terrier Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Patterdale Terrier first originated in Northern England hundreds of years ago. They were originally bred to control vermin. 

Patterdale Terrier Temperament

The Patterdale Terrier is a confident dog and very outgoing. They're known for being happy little dogs, with a mischievous nature and often getting themselves into tricky situations. They're very lively, active and enjoy being busy. They require plenty of mental stimulation and interaction to be truly happy dogs. 

Patterdale Terrier Training

The Patterdale Terrier is strong-willed, stubborn and high energy which can make training challenging. However, they are calmer than other Terrier breeds and therefore positive reinforcement training is necessary when training your Patterdale. 



The Patterdale comes with two coats, smooth and broken-coated. Both don't require lots of enormous amounts of grooming. Brushing your Patterdale twice a week is sufficient enough to keep their coat in great condition. 

As with all dog breeds, they require their teeth to be brushed on a daily basis as well as regular cleaning of their eyes and ears. 


The Patterdale Terrier is predisposed to certain health conditions that are:

  • Eye conditions
  • Spinal problems
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Joint problems
When looking to buy a Patterdale Terrier you must check with the breeders on what genetic testing has been done. 

Patterdale Terrier Exercise Needs

The Patterdale Terrier has high energy levels and high intellect and as a result, requires plenty of physical activity as well as mental stimulation. 

They should be walked a minimum of twice a day for 40-60 minutes with plenty of time off their leads. They also require lots of toys to play with and challenging games to entertain them. Both of this combined will ensure your Patterdale Terrier happy and well-balanced.

Children and other pets

The Patterdale Terrier gets on with children of all ages. They can happily spend their time playing all day with their favourite people. Playtime must always be supervised between children and dogs to prevent rough play. 

The Patterdale is suitable to live with other household pets provided they are socialised early and given the correct training.