Patterdale Terrier Dog Breed

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Patterdale Terrier Dog Breed

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About the Patterdale Terrier Dog Breed

A muscular, active breed, the Patterdale Terrier is both a companion and working dog.

Patterdale Terrier Physical Characteristics


The Patterdale Terrier comes in black, red, chocolate, or black and tan. Some white may be found on the chest and feet.


The breed’s coat may be smooth or broken, but in both cases the hair is coarse and dense.

Patterdale Terrier Personality and Temperament

Activity Level

The breed has a high level of energy and needs regular exercise to burn it off.


Intelligent and sensitive, the Patterdale Terrier learns quickly and will be an affectionate and gentle companion with positive reinforcement.

Things to Consider

The breed is very active and has a strong instinct to go after prey.

Patterdale Terrier Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The Patterdale Terrier is both a companion and working dog, and will need plenty of exercise and play time, according to the Patterdale Terrier Club of America (PTCA).

Special Requirements

The Patterdale Terrier has a strong personality and is not considered a good pet for families with children under age 7, the PTCA states.

Patterdale Terrier Health

The Patterdale Terrier is a generally healthy breed.  But because they always seem to be chasing something, Patterdale Terriers tend to get debris in their eyes, which can lead to conjunctivitis.

Patterdale Terrier History and Background

The Patterdale Terrier is a descendant of the Fell Terrier, which originated in Northern England hundreds of years ago and was bred to control vermin, according to the United Kennel Club. The tough little terriers were bred to chase vermin out of their dens or stand and fight. The UKC recognized the Patterdale Terrier in 1995.

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