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Patterdale Terrier


Joe Bowman, a huntsman, carefully started breeding Patterdale Terrier in the rugged and harsh environment in England. In those days, foxes were the biggest threat to the cattle, so these dogs were used as a Predator controller. TheirĀ use to hunt down foxes and other predators were made illegal in England and Wales in the year 2004 under the Hunting Act.

Brown Patterdale Terrier

Interesting Facts

  1. The American Kennel club still does not recognize this breed
  2. As a working Terrier, this breed is capable of squeezing through small passages
  3. Chip, a Patterdale Terrier was part of the Flyball team that won in the 2012 Flyball Championship
Facts About Patterdale Terrier
Breed Group Working
Breed Type Purebred
Country of Origin England
Other Names Black Fell Terrier
Size & Height Small to medium, 12-15 inches
Weight 11-13 pounds
Competitive Registration / Qualification Information UKC, ARBA, ACR, ACA, CKC
Shedding Moderate
Hypoallergenic No
Litter Size NA
Colour Black, brown, golden
Life Expectancy 11-14 years
Coat Smooth and broken, short and dense undercoat, coarse and stiff outer coat
Price $500-$700 (puppies)

Temperament & Personality

Patterdale puppies are bold and confident against the typicalities of an ordinary pup. They are working dogs capable of doing high energy activities. Socialising with other dogs is difficult for them but many keep these dogs as a pet because of their highly energetic. Sedentary households should avoid keeping these dogs as pet.

The owner should be accustomed to the temperament and nature of a Terrier. In recent years, Patterdale Terriers are seen participating in different agility games showing their capabilities as a working dog.



These highly energetic dogs need two long walks a day to keep itself fit and healthy. They also need a big and open yard to run freely.


Instead of frequent grooming, minimal trimming and stripping will do the job. As this breed does minimal shedding, the owner should use a vacuum cleaner frequently to keep the house clean.

Health Problems

The Patterdale may get issues like Conjunctivitis, Cataracts, cuts, and scrapes when they hunt. They may also suffer from Small dog syndrome. Some dogs may develop skin allergy due to several environmental reasons.


It is because the Patterdale is a stubborn breed, adopt a firm and consistent approach. Frequent food rewards and praises once in a while will help in the training process. In addition to obedience training, they can also be trained in hunting sports.

Patterdale Terriers


High energy dog breeds like the Patterdale needs a food formulated especially for the active dogs. Two months old needs 48-102 grams of quality dog foods and adult dogs need 80 grams to 170 grams of grains depending on their health, size, height, and weight.

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