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Patterdale Terrier


Patterdale Terrier Facts

  • Group
  • Terrier
  • Affiliations
  • UKC
  • Height
  • 10" - 13"
  • Weight
  • 10-11 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Black / Tan
    • Red
    • Brown
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Black fell terrier.


The Patterdale terrier originated in Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1800's.


The Patterdale terrier was developed in 1920 to hunt fox and badger in the Patterdale region of the Lake District in England. It was bred from a cross of Lakeland terriers. Originally it was considered a type of terrier rather than a distinct breed and emphasis was placed on its value as a working dog.


The Patterdale terrier is a small, muscular, and compact dog. It has a strong head and muzzle and ears that fold forward. The tail is docked to one forth its length and set high. It has a smooth or broken coat in black, and black, red, liver, grizzle, and black and tan. Some white on the chest and feet is acceptable.


The Patterdale terrier is tractable and even tempered. It is a hard working, confident dog and is not dog aggressive. It enjoys outdoor activities.


This dog was used in the hunting of small game and as a companion dog.

Health Concerns

none known

Additional Information

This breed does best in a rural home with an active, outdoorsy person, but can adapt to the suburbs and city with adequate exercise.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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