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Patterdale Terrier

Black Fell Terrier


A sturdy, tough, active little terrier that presents a compact, balanced image. As a working terrier, it has to be capable of squeezing through very small passages underground to follow its quarry. The Patterdale’s chest should be capable of being spanned behind the shoulders by an average man’s hands with the fingers of both hands touching. This breed is worked far more than it is shown, and breeders are primarily concerned with the practicality of the breed. This terrier must have a strong neck, powerful jaws and teeth, the fortitude to hold its quarry at bay, and the ability to squeeze into tight burrows. He must have great flexibility and endurance.

The Patterdale is an extremely courageous working terrier, traditionally used to go to ground. Patterdales are extremely willing to work and have a high desire to please. They are very active and have a strong prey drive; and though they should be peaceful with humans, livestock and other dogs, they are not a dog for the average pet owner. They require an owner with a sense of humor and one that understands and can tolerate a real terrier temperament.

Size Small
Height 12-15 inches
Weight 11-13 pounds (5-6 kg)
Lifespan 11-14 years
Colors Black Brown Golden
Origin United Kingdom
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The Patterdale Terrier is not recommended for apartment life. This breed is relatively inactive indoors provided it gets enough exercise during the day.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

This very energetic breed will need more than two short walks a day to keep it happy. It needs to run and play, preferably in wide-open spaces.


Difficult Training: Because the Patterdale is a Terrier, consistency and a firm approach to training is necessary.



Grooming Requirements

Low Maintenance: Infrequent grooming is required to maintain upkeep. No trimming or stripping needed.


Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!



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