Hailing from the difficult terrain of England's Lake District, the Patterdale Terrier derives its name from Patterdale in Cumbria, where it was once shown. One of the native Terrier breeds that is unrecognized by kennel clubs and not reduced by their standards, the Patterdale is rarely observed outside Great Britain where it has enjoyed considerable popularity in farming circles. Primarily bred as a fox, rabbit and vermin hunter, bolting and killing its quarry, the modern Patterdale is often utilised in guarding flocks from foxes and other predators, whilst being a versatile working dog about the farmstead. First developed by Brian Nuttall in the early 1960s, the Patterdale Terrier descends from various Northern Terrier breeds seen in the early 20th century.
A rustic-looking dog boasting short, straight legs, a defined and tapering muzzle, triangular 'drop' ears and a tail that is traditionally docked. The coat is typically smooth or rough, and commonly coloured black with white markings on the chest and feet. Other colours observed in the breed include grizzle, chocolate, black and tan, bronze, liver and red and tan. Retaining its strong hunt drive, the Patterdale is inclined to chase smaller animals, usually killing them in the process, so early training against this is imperative. The breed's compact and athletic build made it capable of maneuvering into tight spaces to delve out den quarry.
Highly energetic and intelligent, the breed requires both physical and mental stimulation in order to discourage destructive behaviours around the home. The Patterdale Terrier is characteristically less yappy than its cousins, making for a peaceful companion dog. It is not uncommon for a Patterdale Terrier to display signs of stubbornness or aggression so early socialisation and firm leadership is important. Otherwise, a Patterdale Terrier is typically cool, calm and collected, making a great addition to active family life. A healthy Patterdale Terrier will weigh 5-6 kg, with a life expectancy of 10-12 years when shown the appropriate love and care.
Eye disorders are prevalent in the breed, ranging from mild to more serious. These include conjunctivitis, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and glaucoma, although the Patterdale is otherwise healthy and long-lived.
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Tess is my 2nd Patterdale terrier,she is very loving and formed a quick bond with me, she was one year when I got her from someone who could no longer give her the time she needed. When we brought her home she seemed to get on with our Welshboy but once he realised he wasnt going to be top dog the fights broke out,the welsh had 3 visits to the vet, after a while of constant watchfulness and feeding in separate rooms we seemed to have some harmony, but the Patterdale rules they still have fisticuffs over stupid things, like when someone comes to the door and both start barking then they have a little battle, anyone watching would think they were both vicious but its just their way now its not as intense and soon over and done with then they are best pals lying by the fire and grooming each other, Patterdales are loving but are very feisty and need a firm hand but they are also very intelligent and I found Tess to be very obedient although my old Patterdale boy knew what you wanted but would do things in his own time.Tess never bothers much with dogs outside a quick sniff and if the other dogs ok so is Tess but if they charge her and get in her face or growl then its pull her in quick and cross the road.