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Patterdale Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Patterdale Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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Patterdale Terrier
OriginEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Patterdale Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Black Fell Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Patterdale Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Patterdale Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Patterdale Terrier breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Rare Breed AssociationAmerica's Pet RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.National Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Patterdale Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Patterdale Terrier price:
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Patterdale Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Patterdale Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Patterdale Terrier gets to a happy place.

Patterdale Terrier History

The Patterdale Terrier is originated from a village situated in the north of England, named Patterdale. The breed is closely related to the Fell Terrier, a different type of terrier that was developed in a nearby village. According to the natural surroundings and the climate conditions in that area, both of these breeds, the Patterdale and also the Fell, were bred to be very tolerating and well-adjusting to extreme weather conditions. Albeit, some experts believe that the Patterdale Terrier is descended mainly from the smooth, black-coated Fell Terriers.

A more common theory suggests that a breeder named Joe Bowman of Ullswater Hunt is credited with creating the breed through careful and well-planned line breeding. During his breeding process, he crossed blue and black coated Border Terriers with black and tan Lakeland Terriers to develop the first litter of Patterdale Terriers. It was believed for a long time, that he was the only breeder, but other sources indicate that some other breeders also contributed to his successes.

The Patterdale Terrier was originally bred to hunt foxes, rats and to control the various vermin populations that were predatory on sheep. Thanks to the dogs’ small bodies, they were able to squeeze into narrow tunnels and burrows to flush out the game. They have fearless and lively personalities because the breed was bred to bolt the quarry out of the den or to dispatch it if it chose to fight. In addition to obedience training, Patterdale Terriers are also excelling in other hunting and sporting activities too. In recent years, the breed has begun to be the best in Flyball and other areas of dog agility. One Patterdale Terrier named Chip won first the British, then the European Flyball Championship in 2012.

In 1978, the first Patterdale Terrier was brought to the United States of America to gain more popularity, but the breed remained more well-known in its homeland, in England. However, it seems that the dogs are gaining more attention, all thanks to their exceptional qualities both as working dogs and family pets. Not being an ancient breed, the UKC (United Kennel Club) recognized the breed in 1995. Even though the breed has remarkable hunting and working skills, the AKC (American Kennel Club) did not recognize them yet, because the dogs’ appearance still seems too unpredictable in comparison to other purebreds.

Patterdale Terrier General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Patterdale Terrier size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Patterdale Terrier weigh? Patterdale Terrier weight:
11-13 pounds (5-6 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Patterdale Terrier? Patterdale Terrier average weight:
12 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Patterdale Terrier? Patterdale Terrier height:
12-15 inches
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Patterdale Terrier average height:
13.5 inches

Patterdale Terrier Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Patterdale Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
SmoothRoughDense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Patterdale Terrier's coat?
GoldenBrownBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Patterdale Terrier and how often?
Easy to groom: The Patterdale Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Patterdale Terrier is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Patterdale Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Black Fell Terrier? Patterdale Terrier shedding level:
Patterdale Terriers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Patterdale Terrier Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Patterdale Terrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
BoldEnergeticInquisitiveConfidentFriendlyIntelligent
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Patterdale Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Average: Patterdale Terrier's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Patterdale Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Patterdale Terriers are hard to train. They don't really get the association between commands and actions. If you want them to obey, you should be very consistent and patient while teaching.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Patterdale Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Patterdale Terrier sensitivity:
Patterdale Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Patterdale Terriers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Black Fell Terrier need? Patterdale Terrier social needs:
Patterdale Terriers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Patterdale Terrier dogs bark a lot? Why does my Black Fell Terrier bark?
Average: The Patterdale Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Patterdale Terrier good as a watchdog?
Patterdale Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Patterdale Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Patterdale Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Patterdale Terrier can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Patterdale Terrier will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Patterdale Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Black Fell Terrier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Patterdale Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Patterdale Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Patterdale Terrier do?
Patterdale Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Patterdale Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Patterdale Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Patterdale Terrier roam?
Patterdale Terriers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Patterdale Terrier have high prey drive?
Patterdale Terriers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Patterdale Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Patterdale Terriers are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Patterdale Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Patterdale Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Patterdale Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Patterdale Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Patterdale Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Patterdale Terrier and children:
Patterdale Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Patterdale Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Patterdale Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Patterdale Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Patterdale Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Patterdale Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Patterdale Terriers good office dogs? Do Patterdale Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Patterdale Terriers be office dogs?
No
Patterdale Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Patterdale Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Black Fell Terrier temperament with senior people? Are Patterdale Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Patterdale Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Patterdale Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Patterdale Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Patterdale Terriers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Patterdale Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Patterdale Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Patterdale Terrier be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Patterdale Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Patterdale Terrier be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Patterdale Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Patterdale Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Patterdale Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Patterdale Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Patterdale Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Patterdale Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Patterdale Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Patterdale Terrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Patterdale Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Patterdale Terrier Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Patterdale Terrier dogs have health problems?
Patterdale Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Patterdale Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Patterdale Terrier breed? Health risks of Patterdale Terrier:
Conjunctivitis
Life Expectancy
How long do Patterdale Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Patterdale Terrier be?
11-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Patterdale Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
Patterdale Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Patterdale Terrier have?
Patterdale Terriers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Patterdale Terrier dogs require per day?
Patterdale Terriers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Patterdale Terriers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Patterdale Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Patterdale Terrier risk for obesity:
Low. The Patterdale Terrier has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Patterdale Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Patterdale Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Patterdale Terrier drool?
The Patterdale Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Patterdale Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Patterdale Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Patterdale Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Patterdale Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Patterdale Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Patterdale Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-5 puppies

Patterdale Terrier Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Patterdale Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Patterdale Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low.
  • Adaptability: Patterdale Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Patterdale Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Patterdale Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Trainability: Patterdale Terriers are hard to train.
  • Health Issues: Patterdale Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Patterdale Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Patterdale Terriers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Patterdale Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Patterdale Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Patterdale Terrier Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • Matt Smith

    Jun 26, 2021, 10:14:19 PM:

    Be warned.. they are one of the most stubborn dogs you can train and their prey drive means you may lose them down a fox or rabbit hole if you let them off the lead. If you are not hunting with this dog I wouldn't get it.

  • Jen Everlark

    May 22, 2020, 9:04:53 AM:

    Absolutely love my Patterdale! He’s moderately bitey but it’s easy to contain! Also, these dogs are really energetic and tend to pull a lot on walks. Good family pets but do have favourites, who they stick to.