Patterdale Terrier

Canis lupus

Last updated: April 16, 2021
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A Patterdale Terrier’s small body structure allows it to squeeze into fox burrows.

Patterdale Terrier Scientific Classification

Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Patterdale Terrier Conservation Status

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Patterdale Terrier Facts

Fun Fact
A Patterdale Terrier’s small body structure allows it to squeeze into fox burrows.
Strong and active

Patterdale Terrier Physical Characteristics

  • Red
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Tan
  • Chocolate
Skin Type
10-12 years
13 lbs

Patterdale Terrier as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Tendency to Chew
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Seperation Anxiety
Preferred Temperature
Average climate
Exercise Needs
Friendly With Other Dogs
Pure bred cost to own
Dog group
Male weight
11-13 lbs
Female weight
11-13 lbs

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Patterdale Terriers have a strong, lean body that allows them to squeeze into a fox’s burrow.

Patterdale Terriers are strong, friendly, and loyal dogs. This breed is originally from Great Britain and dates back to the mid-20th century. They were bred to go along on fox hunts to drive the fox out of its burrow. It belongs to the Hunting group.

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The temperament of this dog is a mix of sweetness and loyalty. Anyone interested in owning a Patterdale Terrier should know they are high energy and need exercise every day.

The 7 Different Types of Patterdale Terriers and Patterdale Terrier Mixes

The 7 different types of Patterdale Terriers and Patterdale Terrier mixes include:

  • Pocket Pitbull
  • Patterbea
  • Patton Terrier
  • Chatterdale
  • Patterdale Shepherd
  • Patterjack
  • Patterland

3 Pros and Cons of Owning a Patterdale Terrier

Loves to play
Patterdale Terriers are playful and always ready for a game of fetch, chase or hide ‘n seek with family members.
Needs lots of exercise
It’s essential for the physical and emotional health of this terrier to get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day.
An effective watchdog
These dogs are alert to activity in and around a home making them good watchdogs.
Moderate Shedding
These dogs are sometimes miscategorized as hypoallergenic. In fact, they experience light shedding and need regular grooming attention.
Good with kids
Socialized Patterdale Terriers are good with children in a family.
Prey driven
This dog was bred to chase foxes and other prey out of their burrows. So, they need to be monitored around rabbits and other small pets in a household.
The portrait of brown Patterdale Terrier dog

Patterdale Terrier Size and Weight

Patterdale Terriers are small in size with a coat of short hair. Males and females can grow to be 15 inches tall. Also, both males and females can weigh up to 13 pounds. At 9 weeks old, these puppies weigh from 2 to 3 pounds. They are full-grown at around 10 months old.

Height (Male)15 inches tall
Height (Female)15 inches tall
Weight (Male)13 pounds, fully grown
Weight (Female)13 pounds, fully grown

Patterdale Terrier Common Health Issues

Patterdale Terriers have some common health issues. Hip dysplasia is one example. When a dog has hip dysplasia, its hip joint doesn’t fit together properly. Pain and limping are two signs of hip dysplasia. Surgery is sometimes necessary to treat this condition, but it may also be treated with physical therapy or weight loss. The treatment depends on the severity of the condition.

A second common health issue of Patterdale Terriers is obesity. Since these dogs are small in size, it doesn’t take long for them to gain excess weight when they are fed too much and don’t get enough exercise. Obesity can lead to heart problems, joint issues, and other ailments. A third common health issue is cataracts. Cataracts usually cause cloudiness in one or both of a dog’s eyes. A cataract can cause partial or full blindness and may require surgery. The common health issues of Patterdale Terriers include:

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  • Hip dysplasia
  • Obesity
  • Cataracts

Patterdale Terrier Temperament and Behavior

Patterdale Terriers have a friendly, loyal temperament. A high level of energy is one of their most notable traits. These dogs love to run and explore their environment. After all, they were bred to chase down foxes and other prey on hunting trips!

Socialized Patterdale Terriers have good behavior with the children as well as the adults in a family. Though they like to be on the move, these dogs have also been known to snuggle on the sofa with their owner.

How to Take Care of Patterdale Terrier

When the owner of a Patterdale Terrier knows about its dietary, exercise, grooming, and healthcare requirements, the person is better able to care for this pet. Keep in mind that a puppy and an adult dog need different types of care. Take a look at some specifics.

Patterdale Terrier Food and Diet

Puppies and adult Patterdale Terriers have different diets to address their unique nutritional needs. Check out some elements of this breed’s diet.

Patterdale Terrier puppy food: Tissue, muscle, joint, and cartilage growth are all supported by the lean protein in a puppy’s diet. Fat gives this active puppy a good supply of energy while Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids contribute to the healthy development of the puppy’s brain, vision, coat, and skin. These fatty acids can help to fend off cataracts in this breed. Calcium contributes to strong teeth, nails, and bones. Fiber supports proper digestion along with a fresh supply of water each day. Feeding a puppy 3 to 4 small meals each day can provide it with the energy it needs without overfeeding it. Owners usually do this until the puppy reaches 6 months old. After that, an owner feeds the dog one to two meals per day.

Patterdale Terrier adult dog food: Protein is an important part of an adult Patterdale Terrier’s diet. This nutrient keeps muscles and joints in good condition. Fat is essential in an adult dog’s diet, but it should be limited to avoid obesity in this small breed. Omega 3 fatty acids can help to fend off arthritis and maintain good cognitive function. Calcium keeps bones and teeth strong in an adult dog. Vitamin A contributes to healthy eyes which is especially beneficial in a dog prone to cataracts.

Patterdale Terrier Maintenance and Grooming

How much does a Patterdale Terrier shed? Though breeders sometimes refer to it as hypoallergenic, this dog has a light amount of shedding. These terriers should be brushed once or twice per week.

A grooming glove is excellent for removing loose or dead hair from its coat. A brush with soft boar’s hair bristles is also useful for renewing the natural shine of its coat.

It’s helpful to move the grooming glove in the opposite direction of the natural flow of hair. This serves to loosen dead hair so it can fall out of the dog’s coat. Next, use the soft boar’s hair brush to smooth down the hair in the direction of its natural flow. The removal of dead hair gives this dog’s coat a refreshed look.

Patterdale Terriers sometimes have environmental allergies. These can show up in the form of redness or dry patches on its skin. An owner who grooms their dog once a week has a good chance of seeing these symptoms right away. A veterinarian can provide treatment to a dog with environmental or food allergies.

Patterdale Terrier Training

These dogs are both intelligent and alert making them fairly easy to obedience train. However, they can sometimes have a stubborn streak. It’s a good idea to limit obedience training sessions to about 10 or 15 minutes. This helps to prevent a Patterdale Terrier from becoming bored or distracted. A mix of praise and treats also proves helpful during training.

A Pit Bull Terrier is another intelligent terrier that takes in obedience lessons relatively quickly.

Patterdale Terrier Exercise

This terrier is the opposite of a couch potato! In order to stay physically healthy, it needs to exercise every day. Running in a field, playing games of chase in the backyard with family members, or jogging in the woods are all great activities for this dog. Patterdale Terriers also get along with other dogs, so taking it to a dog park to exercise is another option for an owner.

It needs at least 60 minutes of exercise each day. This amount of exercise also contributes to the emotional health of this dog.

Patterdale Terriers aren’t a good choice for apartment dwellers. Though they are small in size, these energetic dogs need a lot of space to move around. A home with a large fenced-in yard or even a farm would be ideal choices for this breed of dog.

Patterdale Terrier Puppies

Because these dogs are so intelligent and active, they need to be socialized. In short, Patterdale Terrier puppies must learn how to behave around kids and adults, so they know what’s expected of them. Responsible breeders begin to socialize their Patterdale Terrier puppies right away so they’ll be ready to move on to their new homes.

Black Patterdale Terrier Puppy in the spring grass

Patterdale Terrier and Children

Socialized Patterdale Terriers are good for families with children. These are sweet dogs that are eager to please!

Dogs Similar to Patterdale Terrier

Some dogs similar to Patterdale Terriers include Rat Terriers, Bull Terriers and Norfolk Terriers.

  • Rat Terriers – When it comes to height, Rat Terriers and Patterdale Terriers are about the same size. They both are known for light shedding and are not hypoallergenic. But, Rat Terriers have a thicker body and weigh more than Patterdale Terriers.
  • Bull Terriers – Bull Terriers and Patterdales are both energetic dogs with a stubborn streak. One big difference is the independent temperament of a Bull Terrier doesn’t make it a good choice for a family with children.
  • Norfolk Terriers – These two terriers are about the same size though the Norfolk Terrier is shorter. They are lively canines that like hunting for small prey. But the Patterdale Terrier has a higher level of energy and needs more exercise than a Norfolk Terrier.

Popular names for Patterdale Terriers include:

  • Cooper
  • Toby
  • Louie
  • Stella
  • Mia
  • Penny
  • Buster
  • Coco

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Patterdale Terrier FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How much does a Patterdale Terrier cost to own?

Breeders charge around $800 for Patterdale Terrier puppies. A Patterdale Terrier rescue organization will have dogs that don’t cost nearly that much.

The yearly vet costs for this breed of dog range from $200 to $400. Keep in mind that as a dog grows older, vet bills are likely to increase with various ailments that arise.

The food budget for this dog can run from $50 to $75 a month.

Are Patterdale Terriers good with kids?

Yes, socialized Patterdale Terriers are good with kids.

How long does a Patterdale Terrier live?

A Patterdale Terrier can live to be 14 years old. Of course, this dog can live longer than 14 years if it’s given excellent care throughout its life.

Are Patterdale Terriers good pets?

Yes, these dogs make good pets. Of course, an owner should be willing to give this dog the exercise it needs each day.

Are Patterdale Terriers aggressive?

No, Patterdale Terriers aren’t known to be aggressive.

Is a Patterdale Terrier a Pit Bull?

No, a Patterdale Terrier is not the same as a Pit Bull. Pit Bulls are larger in both weight and height. However, the Pocket Pit Bull is a mix between a Pitbull and a Patterdale Terrier.

What breeds make up a Patterdale Terrier?

Patterdale Terriers are descendants of northern terriers including the Black Smooth-Coated Fell Terrier.

What is the lifespan of a Patterdale Terrier?

The lifespan of a Patterdale Terrier is 11 to 14 years.

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