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The Patterdale Terrier is a breed of working dog that originated in the Lake District of Cumbria in Northwest England. The name Patterdale refers to a small village a little south of Ullswater and a few miles east of Helvellyn.

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The Patterdale is a type of Fell Terrier. The Patterdale terrier was "improved" and brought into the Kennel Club as the Welsh Terrier after a brief naming struggle in which the name "Old English Broken-coated Terrier" was attempted before being rejected by the Kennel Club hierarchy. The Patterdale Terrier is sometimes called the "Old English Terrier" or the "Fell Terrier".


The Patterdale Terrier is a small working dog. In the UK it is not a dog type that is recognised by the UK Kennel Cub as a pedigree. As such the Patterdale has been bred as a working dog, so the appearance can differ widely. This phenomenon is common in several types of working dog, including as the Border Collie.

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According to breed standards, this working terrier stands between 25.5 cm (10 in) and 12 inches at the withers and weighs between 10 and 13 pounds. The preferred size depends on the quarry. In the UK, all sizes are in use, depending on the terrain and quarry: in the UK, the most common quarry was the fox. In the eastern United States, smaller dogs are preferred and 30 cm (12 in) tall and 5.5 kg (12 lb) is the preferred size for groundhogs (aka woodchucks). However, somewhat larger dogs can be used in the American West when ground barn hunting larger raccoons and badgers.

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Variations in Coat, Colour


The coat may be "Smooth", "Broken" or "Rough". All types should be dense and coarse.

: Generally smooth, may have a wiry stripe down the back. Short, dense hair.

Broken: Coarse, wavy hair on body except for head and ears which is smooth. May be some longer whiskering on muzzle, around base of neck, and chin.

Rough: Longer hair overall, including face, ears and muzzle. Very thick, sometimes, slightly curled.

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Colours include: Black, Red, or Chocolate,and occasionally Blue.(Any of these colors with Tan is also possible).

There are slight variations within these colours. White on the chest and toes/feet is permissible. In the case of the Chocolate, they will have a liver colored nose,whereas the Blues,will have a slate colored nose. Influx of Lakeland, Border and Bedlington was not uncommon in the early forming of this breed and may partially explain some of these colors.

Patterdale Terriers can live up to 15 years.

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Patterdale puppies tend to be bold and confident beyond their capabilities, and responsible owners of working dogs will not overmatch their dogs or introduce them to formidable quarry before they are around a year and a half of age. Even as a yearling, the dog will not be fully capable.

The Patterdale is a working terrier, and terrier work requires a high-energy dog with a strong prey drive and a loud voice. As a result, Patterdales are very energetic dogs, and can be quite vocal. It is not uncommon for a Patterdale to be cat-aggressive, and homes which have other small fur-bearing pets (such as hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs) would do well to think through the ramifications of bringing a working terrier into the house.

However, as with all breeds there is variation. Some Patterdales are more animal-friendly, befriending (and cleaning) cats and other dogs alike. Patterdales are prone to the sulks if their owners pay attention to others. They do not enjoy travel by car, as it often upsets the dog to be confined for a prolonged period of time.

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"Our molly when she was 9 weeks old (close up) first day away from her mum and sisters! then about 11 weeks she is now 7 months old  and is a great dog.  A good pet at home and great with other dogs she always wants to play.  She pulls all the washing off the line and love to chase rabbits she's getting closer!!!."
Molly the Paterdale Terrier as a pup at 11 weeks

Patterdales display an intriguing crawl, similar to an act of prostration, used to gain attention and stalk quarry through long grass. This originates from their inbred ability to compress their lungs to fit into small spaces, in search of their prey.
Due to their compact size, friendly and inquisitive nature, and intelligence, Patterdales Terriers could be seen as an attractive breed of dogs for a family pet.

Prospective buyers should be very aware that whilst these dogs may enjoy sitting in a lap, they are not "lap dogs" – they are dogs that require training and regular and consistent exercise to maintain their temperament and to fully occupy their minds. Even durable, consistent chew toys, or rope toys, generally are not enough to occupy them, as they chew right through them.

Patterdales which are not trained on a consistent basis, or are not exercised regularly, may quickly exhibit unmanageable behaviour, including excessive barking, escaping from the garden, or digging in unwanted places inside and outside the house. Prospective Patterdale terrier owners are advised to do their homework, and those seeking working dogs are advised to focus on size and to make sure they are acquiring their dogs from true working homes.

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These dogs were carefully linebred. Nuttall blood lines are still considered to be of the highest quality. The modern Patterdale Terrier is to fell terriers, what the Jack Russell Terrier is to hunt terriers—the indisputable leader in numbers and performance as a breed.

The Patterdale was developed in the harsh environment in the north of England, an area unsuitable for arable farming and too hilly (in the main) for cattle. Sheep farming is the predominant farming activity on these hills. Since the fox is perceived by farmers as being predatory on sheep and small farm animals, terriers are used for predator control.

Unlike the dirt dens found in the hunt country of the south, the rocky dens found in the north do not allow much digging. As a consequence, the terrier needs to be able to bolt the fox from the rock crevice or dispatch it where it is found. The use of "hard" dogs to hunt foxes in this way was made illegal in England and Wales by the Hunting Act 2004, as it runs counter to the code of practice under the Act.

In the United States, The Patterdale Terrier was recognised by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995; yet it remains unrecognized by the American Kennel Club.

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LATEST - "I’ve loved reading all about Patterdales, we have had ours since August 2017 he was 6 months old on Boxing Day and we’ve had him since he was 6 weeks, he’s the best boy we could ever have wished for, he’s clever, funny, full of character, everybody loves him and he loves everybody, other dogs included, he’s called “Handsome Bob” and every variation of Bob you can imagine, he’s brilliant in the house and because me and my husband are retired we can devote all our time to him. He was very quick to become house trained and if he wants to go out, he just sits in front of one of us and we get the message, I ask him if he wants to go for a “ wazza” and off he trots to the back door. He’s adorable, beautiful, intelligent and everything you could possibly want in a companion, we take him for a really long walk once a day and are lucky to have a big back garden where Bob plays a mean game of footie."

"We have a four year old chocolate Patterdale Terrier called Millie, who is absolutely gorgeous. She is a rescue dog who had been abandoned on a road near to the Dogs Trust. She was a real handful at first, but I'm so glad we persevered because she is now a lovely animal, full of fun and energy and very loving. We have also just rescued a 2 year old Fox Terrier called Rosie, and they are brilliant company for each other."

"abby the 9 week pup it is sooooo cute"

"my patterdales masie and milo are the proud parents of 5 beautiful puppies  masie is black smooth hair milo is black wired puppies are 1 black 2 with lots of white and 2brownish they are beauties....."

"I have a wonderful patterdale called scruffy. He loves everyone and is a treasure. We read loads of bad reviews about this breed, but his breeder convinced us to take no notice. I am so glad i did get him as he has brought our home to life. He is my best friend and is always by my side. He is brilliant with my 2 children and our 3 cats. He is very active outside but completely inactive indoors. When god created mans/woman's best friend he was surely thinkin of a patterdale!"

"Just got myself a 4 month old Patterdale from a circle of breeders near pentrefoelas in wales, all of which are working dogs bred from breay and old buck lines, she is quite small atm in comparison to her brother but very feisty indeed, knows no fear and would happily fight anything atm though she is sweet as pie with adults and children alike, some training needed so she doesn't get her self into trouble with dogs bigger than she can chew. Named her roisin dubh which is irish for black rose (she is black wire haired), great little dog looking forward to training her"

"we look after a little Patterdale dog and he play's all day, get's on well with our Standard Poodle and our little Springer Span,  a really lovely house guest"

"we have had a tan patterdale now for 5yrs best dog we have ever had adores our grandchildren and friend to everyone  the whole town know sadie she loves the world is a wimp if bigger dogs sniff her  she knows every trick in the book so intelligent we love her to bits proper dads girl"

"i have a parson jack russell who's 22weeks and a patterdale who's 24 weeks and they are the best dogs I've had, they both sit and give paws they even give hi 5s ha-ha they are brilliant with my 3 girls as well. absolutely amazing dogs and thinking of getting another. a big part of the family now. the McComish family."

"maybelle arrived in july 2009 a very welcome friend to all the family no favorites we live on a farm there's just enough space for her to fly around she will run off with anybody unchecked if they look like fun! we don't work her but she seems more interested raising birds anyway! need more ducks around. we love her to bits muddy paws and all!!!!!"

"Got a patterdale bitch 16 years ago, she was given to me as a pup at Badminton Horse Trials!  I had no idea what she was until she grew up. We had her for 15 years and she was FANTASTIC. When she died a year ago, we missed her so much that we contacted Terrier Rescue and they had a lovely little Patterdale who we've now had for 7 months (Although she's a year old herself) We ADORE her. She's such fun. really full on terrier so we have to be one step ahead of her, but she's spot on!"

"we have a 6 month old patterdale called deisel, he is rather loopy but would not do with out him, he is very hard to walk on the lead as he pulls like a horse, but let him off he will play all day"

"i have a 4 month old patterdale called ruby , she is a handful very strong willed but the most loving wee thing you could ever wish for . we all love her to bits even though she tires our patience at times"

My Patterdale ruby is 5 and half months old very bold and very very mischievous which is why i love her.  Bought from a breeder in market raisen by my partner for a surprise for me i didn't really know much about the breed but i do now. one of the most enjoyable things about her is there is never a dull moment and she and our Labrador are the best of friends"

"i would like to say i am the great grandson of frank buck and its nice to see that the blood line is still going strong cheers - andy buck"

"Name    Edward Stevie Bear (Teddy Bear)"
Born:      30th June 2007
Mother:  Border Terrier, Gem
Father:   Lakeland Terrier, Gnasher
Colour:  Black and Tan
Place of Birth: PATTERDALE, Ullswater, UK

Now THAT'S what I call a Patterdale terrier! -
Tall, handsome, cheeky, too clever by half and what a comic."

"i have just got my 7 week old patterdale pup she is the most loveliest thing ever. I have a 3 year old son and she is great with him she already up and playing around its like she's always been here. Also she great at potty training i would say to anyone thinking of getting a pup patterdale's win every time!!"

"I have two Patterdale terrier of which both are kept as pets, that is they are not worked. If awards in general loopiness were possible, the Patterdale would win hands down. They are very intelligent and need a lot of exercise to stimulate their brains. For a small dog they are a handful. They can be very destructive and territorial. I love mine to bits, but be warned they are loopy and very trying at times in comparison with most other terriers. You have been warned!"

"I have two patterdales both of whom I work competitive obedience with and are now running in flyball competitions, the older dog has recently achieved his silver good citizen award"

"Our Patterdale stands approx 15" is 15 months old, black and tan in colour and was the runt in a litter of five dogs. Born near Leyburn North Yorks, feisty little character, a true Patterdale' (certainly not the runt of the litter now !)"

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