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The Patterdale Terrier: thinking of getting a Patterdale Terrier? reading-time-icon 2 min read

Patterdale Terriers are typically good-natured and affectionate. They’re classic terriers with lots of energy and an independent personality.

Let’s take a closer look at the Patterdale Terrier.

Place of origin: The Lake District

How big do Patterdale Terriers get? 25 – 38cm

How heavy are Patterdale Terriers? 4 – 6kg

Life Expectancy: 15 years

Types of Patterdale Terrier: Smooth-, broken- or rough-coated

Colour: Black, Chocolate, Black & Tan, Blue & Tan, Red


Please note: A dog’s exercise, training/stimulation and grooming requirements can depend on several factors such as age and health. The same goes for ongoing costs of ownership. For advice on one specific dog, we always advise chatting with a vet.


How much exercise does a Patterdale Terrier need?

Originally bred in the 1960s to hunt foxes, modern-day Patterdale Terriers haven’t lost their fearless, exploratory and active nature. They love to run around and to explore, so it’s a good idea to walk your Patterdale Terrier around a secure area – where they can’t escape onto any roads!

They have a strong impulse to chase prey. Owners can channel this by playing lots of retrieve-based games – it might be time for some dog toy shopping!

Patterdale Terriers are active dogs and will need 2 walks a day to stay healthy and happy.

Training: how to train a Patterdale Terrier

Patterdale Terriers were bred for their independent and fearless nature. They’re adept at chasing things and bringing them back.

Their independence may make them a bit difficult to train but if you start when your Patterdale Terrier is young and if you use positive reinforcement and reward-based training, your dog will be trained in no time! Try channelling their prey-seeking nature through fetch/catch-based games. 

patterdale terrier puppy in spring grass

Grooming: do Patterdale Terriers shed?

Patterdale Terriers will shed different amounts depending on the type of coat they have: smooth, rough or broken. Generally speaking, their coats are easy enough to keep in tip-top condition – 1 brush per week should do the trick, and you’ll only need to bathe your Patterdale Terrier when they’re really muddy.

Complete your Patterdale Terrier’s grooming routine with regular tooth brushingnail clips and ear checks.

Patterdale Terrier temperament, socialising and ideal home environment

It’s safe to say that Patterdale Terriers, like most terriers, prefer humans to other pets and small animals. They make for great family pets and usually get along well with children – providing children know how to handle them.

Patterdale Terriers will struggle to tell small animals apart from prey, but if you introduce them to other pets from a young age, they can (and often do) learn to become great friends.

Patterdale terriers are full of energy and enthusiasm, so if you’re looking for a characterful canine to spend lots of time playing games with, you may have met your perfect match.

Cost of owning a Patterdale Terrier

When considering the lifetime cost of owning a Patterdale Terrier, remember to take into account:

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