Patterdale Terrier

With its roots in the North West part of England’s Lake District, the Patterdale Terrier came through a long line of terriers and had a team of real enthusiastic breeders to help in its creation. While it is indeed seen as a type of terrier, it is not yet recognized by the UK Kennel Club as being a pure pedigree breed. Still, this dog has a lot of characteristics which makes it unique and incredible at the same time.

Patterdale Terrier Breed Information

The Patterdale Terrier was bred by a team of breeders, one of them being Joe Bowman, who was an Ullswater huntsman. The Patterdale’s origin dates back to Northern England, an area which wasn’t suitable for arable farming and had too many hills for cattle. Growing sheep was mostly the only farming activity predominant in the area. Since foxes had been preying on the small farms of people, attacking their sheep and other livestock, terriers were used to keep the predators in check. The terrier needed to be built in such a way that it could bolt from one rocky crevice to another and squeeze through tight passages in order to find the fox causing the malice.
Being a breed that is generally outgoing and confident, Patterdale Terriers tend not to take notice of their own sizes and will gladly take on any large challenge that might come up their way. They are mostly friendly and really sociable, and also generally good with children. But the fact that it is a working breed needs to be taken into account. It also requires exercising through a good quality training program.
  • Activity level: 4/5 (active and energetic)
  • Intelligence level: 4/5 (intelligent but mostly active)
  • Curiosity: 4/5 (quick and curious)
  • Friendliness: 3/5 (generally friendly and inquisitive)
  • Vocal: 3/5 (fairly loud barking)
The Patterdale Terrier is an active looking, sturdy terrier. It has a compact shape, with straight legs and giving off a balanced image. The terrier is shaped in such a way that it can squeeze through small passages with ease.
  • Fur: Can have a coat that is either broken or smooth coated. Colors vary, most of them (95%) will be black, but there are also odd colors in the breed, like liver, red, bronze or black-and-tan. These different colored dogs will usually have a white color on their feet and chest.
  • Eyes: set fairly wide apart, giving a square shape to the skull. Usually, the color is in harmony with the fur.
  • Body structure: Body that conveys its dynamic nature, with a chest that is not too big, and a strong back that is proportioned to its height. The average Patterdale Terries height varies from 12 to 17 inches.
  • Facial features: Powerful muzzle, with triangular ears that fold around the sides of the cheeks.
  • Weight: The average Patterdale Terrier weighs between 10 and 17 pounds.
Health and Care
Patterdale Terriers are breeds that live long and healthy lives, being robust creatures with a lifespan that goes over 15 years. But even so, they are susceptible to certain diseases, to which the owner needs to pay increased attention. Such conditions can include cataracts, conjunctivitis or scrapes that are mostly related to hunting injuries. This breed requires a lot of exercises since it has a lot of energy that needs spending. They may not be typically hyperactive, but they do require at least 30 minutes of moderate daily exercise to keep them busy. Include your dog in your daily life and play games with it so that it does not get bored.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at