Patterdale Terrier

Other names/Nicknames:
  • Fell Terrier
  • Black Fell Terrier
Country/Date of origin:
  • Great Britain
  • 1700′s
  • 12 inches
  • 11 to 13 pounds
  • Enthusiastic worker.
  • Full of fire.
  • Can be quarrelsome with other dogs.

This breed originated in the north of England and is named for a village there.  A hardy dog, it is able to get over the rough terrain known as fells, as well as go-to-ground.  It will first try to get its quarry to bolt from its burrow by barking, but will go in after it if necessary.  A no-frills, working dog, the Patterdale is game and hardy as any terrier going.  Most of the Patterdales are kept by masters of fox hunts or used as vermin exterminators.

Body Type:
  • A compact go-to-ground terrier that has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier type head.
  • The short tail is not altered.
  • The folded, triangular ears are not altered.
  • Short, coarse, and weatherproof.
  • Allowed colors are black, red, chocolate, or black-and-tan.
  • Black is by far the most common color.
  • Moderate grooming required.
Health and Wellness:
  • Generally very hardy.
What you should know:
  • It is said that this dog is willing to hunt anything with fur.
  • As with all the terriers, be sure to get the upper-hand with this dog from the beginning.
  • High-energy level.
  • Can be destructive or noisy if not given proper exercise.
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