The Patterdale Terrier is a small, short haired dog breed. They are usually black but can also be brown or red coated. They are energetic, active and have a high prey drive. This working companion can make a good lap dog or apartment pet, but only if they are able to be a part of your busy, outdoor lifestyle during the day. Today we look at the pros and cons of raising Patterdale Terrier puppies as pets. We’ll look at adopting, caring for and training your adult Patterdale Terrier, and help you to decide whether this breed’s traits, personality, behaviors and characteristics are a good match for your family and children.
- Patterdale Terrier history
- How big are Patterdale Terriers?
- Patterdale Terrier characteristics
- Are Patterdale Terriers good family pets?
- Patterdale Terrier puppies, breeders and rescue
If you have been looking for the perfect furry companion, then you may already know that science has a lot to say about canines. In fact, researchers have known for over 30 years that the mere act of petting a dog can lower the blood pressure, slow the heart rate, calm the breathing and relax the muscles. If you are ready to start embracing the calm that a dog can bring to your life as well as the lowering of stress hormones, then you may find yourself hemming and hawing over the exact breed. If smaller dogs are more your speed, then a Patterdale Terrier may be just what your heart desires.
What Is A Patterdale Terrier?
The Patterdale Terrier or the Black Fell Terrier, is an English dog breed. These dogs originated in England, along with other terriers including the Airedale Terrier, Lucas Terrier, and the Smooth Fox Terrier.
Where Do Patterdale Terriers Come From?
These dogs are small and the word terrier comes from “tere,” which means earth. Earth refers to the original function of the dogs and how they were used to catch vermin. Specifically, the terriers were used to hunt down foxes and force them out of their dens. Their small and wiry nature made them useful and much more agile than larger hunting dogs.
The Patterdale Terrier was bred almost exclusively for its ability to hunt. The dogs are descendants of several other Northern terrier breeds, and their origins can be traced back to the early 20th century to an early breeder named Joe Bowman. Unlike other terriers, the origins are quite clear and attributed to a single individual.
Patterdale Terriers are a newer breed of dog and they are quite popular. These dogs are working dogs who focus on hunting, but they are far less “yappy” than other terriers.
What Do Patterdale Terriers Look Like?
Patterdale Terriers have smaller heads with short muzzles, and their coats are black about 95% of the time. However, potential Patterdale Terrier colors include a bronze, red, liver, grizzle, or chocolate coat.
Some white patches may be seen on the feet and chest as well, and this creates a unique color pattern that is quite desirable.
The coats of the terriers are typically rough, broken, or smooth. A smooth coat is short and lies close to the body, while a broken coat is one with longer hair around the head, legs, body, or a combination of these areas. A rough coat is one with longer hair that is a bit more coarse and harsh.
Patterdale Terrier Weight
The Patterdale Terrier is quite small in size, thought sturdily built. Adult Patterdale Terriers weigh between about 11 and 13 pounds, on average. While this is generally true, due to a large variation the dogs can weigh upwards of 30 pounds!
While your veterinarian may have something to say about the heavier weight, the UKC does accept them as standard show dogs up to 30 pounds. These cute dogs are typically about 12 inches in height, but can stand up to about 15 inches if you have a taller pup.
Patterdale Terrier Temperament
Patterdales have unique personalities that are both similar to and different from other types of terriers. Like other terriers, the dogs are confident, strong-willed, and lively. In some ways they are stubborn, but they can also be very biddable.
These jolly pups have a lot of energy and enjoy playing, running, and fetching. They aren’t cuddly lapdogs that will want to be showered in kisses, but they are great fun. Since they are a working breed, they are good at chasing and searching out toys, balls, and other objects. Most terriers are sweet dogs and Patterdales are no exception.
However, you do need to make sure that the abundance of energy is exerted in a positive manner. Otherwise, your pup can become bored and destructive, which is very bad for your furniture and wardrobe.
Although normally gentle, Patterdale Terriers can occasionally show guarding behaviors so it’s important to pick a puppy from friendly parents, and to socialize him thoroughly.
Patterdale Terrier Hunting
Since Patterdale Terriers were bred as working and hunting dogs, they have strong instincts when it comes to hunting animals. The dogs were often used to locate foxes and rats, but they are highly adept at finding other animals as well, including raccoons.
In fact, some terrier owners use their dogs to hunt raccoons. However, even if you are not the hunting type, your dog’s instincts can kick in if there is a raccoon nearby. Raccoons can and will attack dogs, and often with disastrous results.
According to Dr. Eric Barchas from the San Mateo animal clinic, raccoons will sometimes attempt to drown dogs. They can also scratch the face and bite the abdomen, creating any number of serious injuries.
You can prevent incidents fairly easily, since raccoons almost always attack at night, so keep your dog on a leash at all times when he potties in the evening, even if you live in an urban area.
Patterdale Terrier Training
The strong will, stubbornness, energy, and hunting instincts of the Patterdale Terrier can make this dog a bit difficult to train. If you have ever had a terrier as a pet, then this might seem like quite the understatement.
However, since Patterdales are a bit calmer and more low key than a Jack Russell or a Yorkshire, they are easier to train than these dogs. Training with positive reinforcement is advisable, and scientific research shows that this type of training results in fewer behavior problems down the road.
Patterdale Terrier Health Problems
If you are still deciding on the best dog for you, then you may want to know a little bit about the potential health problems associated with the Patterdale breed.
This type of knowledge is important so you can assess the possible costs of owning your pet and so you can also examine your dog for potential problems.
The good news is that the terriers have few health problems linked to their specific breed. Conjunctivitis and the formation of cataracts are two issues to watch out for though.
Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an eye condition that involves the conjunctiva or the tissue that sits across the front part of the eye. This tissue can become inflamed and infected. Pink eye has several different causes including allergies, bacterial infections, and viruses.
Patterdales will often develop allergies, so this is commonly the cause of the pink eye issue. Not only are seasonal allergies a concern, but skin allergies can develop too. If your pup has allergies, you may see some dermatitis developing across the body. The genetic predisposition to allergies and an overactive autoimmune system is sometimes called atopy, so speak to your veterinarian about this.
Patterdales can develop glaucoma and cataracts as well, so make sure to make an appointment with your animal doctor if you see any of the following issues:
- Milky eye appearance
- Watery eyes
- Blue or white cornea
- Eye itching or head shaking
Some Patterdales can also develop a disorder called portosystemic shunt or PSS. PSS forms when the blood meant to travel to the liver moves around the organ instead. This causes a lack of blood and a decrease in the nutrients and oxygen needed to function properly.
PSS can be diagnosed through a blood test, so make sure that a liver panel is conducted during your canine’s yearly veterinary well visit. If a problem is detected, it can be treated with medication and diet. In some cases, surgery may be performed, but this is rare.
Patterdale Terrier Knee Problems
Patterdales can develop knee issues, like most other terriers. The problem is called patellar luxation where the knee cap slips out of place. While the condition sounds awfully painful, it really is not. If the knee cap slips out of place, you may see your terrier kicking the leg to the side of the body.
The patella will then shift back into position and you dog will walk normally again. While the issue may come and go, it should be addressed with your veterinarian. Some dogs need surgery to realign the knee cap so it stops slipping out of place.
Patterdale Terrier Breeders
Patterdale terriers are a rare breed, especially since it is a relatively new one compared to other terriers. For example, the Jack Russell Terrier breed is well over 200 years old. Also, breeders are not as abundant in the United States as they are overseas.
If you truly want a purebred Patterdale terrier, then breeders can be found in the United States. You should be prepared to travel some distance and to pay several thousand dollars for the pup though.
Patterdale Terrier Rescue
If your budget does not allow for a purebred dog, then a rescue Patterdale may be a great choice for you. There are many terrier rescue groups throughout the country.
To find a respectable organization, make sure the rescue is affiliated with the Patterdale Terrier Club of America (PTCA). Rescues often have older terriers for adoption. If you want a puppy, then you may need to adopt a mixed breed puppy.
Patterdale Terrier Mix
While Patterdales are excellent dogs for families, they can be a lot to handle in terms of their energy. Purebred terriers are ideal for homes with younger children who have just as much energy and enjoy small pets that the dog might well be a bit too keen on.
If you are a single individual or if you have a quiet home with older kids, then a mixed terrier breed may be a much better choice. If you think this is a good idea, then look for terriers mixed with a calmer dog breed like a Spaniel, Bulldog, or Chin.
Patterdale Terrier Puppies
Don’t be tempted to buy a Patterdale Terrier puppy, or any other puppy, from a pet store. Go to a breeder, who has an interest in the welfare of the mother.
Make sure you meet the mother and if possible the father too. They should be in good condition, friendly and have an obvious bond with their owner.
Remember, cheaper puppies often come from breeders who have cut corners. Choose your pup based upon their quality rather than their cost .l
Are Patterdale Terriers Good Pets?
Patterdale terriers are wonderful, attractive, and energetic dogs that share a lot of the same traits as other types of terriers. However, the dogs have fewer health problems overall and are a bit on the calmer side, making them good pets for active families.
Do you have a Patterdale of your own and want to share some stories about your rambunctious pup? Let us know in the comments below!
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References and Further Reading
- Alan M Beck, Aaron Katcher (1996) Between Pets and People: The Importance of Animal Companionship, Purdue University Press.
- Allen, Karen PhD; Blascovich, Jim PhD, and; Mendes, Wendy B. MS, Cardiovascular Reactivity and the Presence of Pets, Friends, and Spouses: The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Psychosomatic Medicine: September/October 2002.
- Emily J.Blackwell, The relationship between training methods and the occurrence of behavior problems, as reported by owners, in a population of domestic dogs, Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 2008.
meri heather says
my patterdale -jack russel mix was a rescue dog that i saved from a bad situation. She is nine now and a great companion, but first i had a serious learning curve to get beyond. i had my own dogs since i was five and a tru dog geek. mostly different shepherding breeds, labs, newfies and st. bernard mixes. but even having a little runt hunting beagle who had to always be on a long lead couldn’t have prepared me for Roo. first Watch every Dog Whisperer show that deals with patterdales or jack russells. one dog trainer even had to call on him in england cuz other dogs she could handle fine, but her own patterdale exhibited similar problems to the ones ur dogs having. second go to tsc or walmart and get the longest strongest cable line and a 20 foot cable with leash clasps at both ends and a couple containers of blue squash balls(in sports section of walmart-cheapest way believe me). also get extra carbiner clasps to double up. you string the cable line between strong trees or to a basketball hoop post or whatever you got nearby. clasp the line and put a second collar on your dog, im not kidding, and make sure to clasp him twice and the line to the cable run twice cuz u r about to play ball terrier style! I did it every day while having my coffe and nights with a cold pop. ten minutes of throwing one ball followed by a second will wear ur dog out gauranteed! Roo loves it. then i can walk her without her pulling me all over the place. then practice dog whisperer moves-a little poke in the ribs not unlike one’s mom grabbing the back of a childs arm in the grocery store- means you mean business and will not take them barking or having bad behavior. a few times in her life she went after another family dog-a pit mix and i had to use cesar milan’s move of holding her on the floor until she released her anger. a couple times it took an hour for her to let it go. her fights were often over percieved disrespect. these terriers demand respect and as their leader so should you. in a deep controled voice i told her every time to lie down. LIIIIIEEE DOOOOWWWNN. real gentle but i mean it. felt really weird to do it cuz ive never had but the most affable dogs before her. but now all i have to do is say LLLLIIIE DOOOWWNN. and she straightens herself out and literaly will shake harself off and her brain goes right back to good natured. weird but true. also, a jack russell owner told me to get jack russell for dummies book and it was everything i needed to understand her play, walking,hunting attitude. Now, she sits at my feet all day while i work, after play and walk time every morning of course. She goes for a second walk along a wooded lane with me gentle as can be in evening light. and just two days ago a young skunk and a fawn right behind him came out of the tall grasses not four feet from us. I taught her the “let it go” command when she chases squirrels or woodchucks and it worked here. im still a bit shocked at it. bambi and flower meet a terrier and live to grow up. now, her eyes got big, she was at the end of the leash but i just kept saying let it go like i meant it and in one swoop picked her up moved away from the skunk and shooed the fawn so it wont think walking up on people, read possible hunter, is a good thing. but we all lived thru it and didnt get sprayed by the skunk. its possible to have a very good patterdale if you give it your all for two weeks and just stay consistent with draining his energy in a positive way. My best to you and blessings for loving such a terrific breed of dog!
Silvia Lake says
You have my heart and so does this 2-year-old Patterdale I just rescued. I raised a couple of Jacks and that’s exactly why I felt I could give this misunderstood dog a chance at a very good healthy life. Thank you for your candor.
I adopted Sydney on the 4th of July when she was 7 mo old, she is now 1 1/2 yrs. I thought she was a very small lab mix but when I took her to the vet last week for all her shots the doctor told me she was a Patterdale. She’s a very loving, affectionate dog but doesn’t seem to have a lot of the traits of the Patterdale. She’s not normally high energy except when playing with my rat terrier, she prefers being in the house, snoozing on her bed. She does have a very strong hunting instinct and she can be stubborn, doesn’t chase balls but I thinks it’s because my rat terrier always beats her to it, he’s very alpha and she obeys the pecking order, although she does loves her Squish Face toy and goes crazy when she see’s it. She hasn’t reached the protective stage yet but my rat is protective enough for both. She’s a beautiful little girl and I can’t wait to see what characteristics she will develop over time.
Was the padderdale easy to house break
My Patterdale is a rehome and they are one of the easiest dogs for the house. As with all other dogs, you must follow recommendations for house and toilet training from the outset if a puppy.
I’ve had some dogs in the past who were difficult to live alongside due to destructive behaviours, acting out, having toilet accidents and so on.
Both the Patterdales I’ve had have behaved in an exemplary way in the home. They really are a joy to have around.
Our puppy was easy to house train. done in about 2 weeks. He is the most loveable dog I have ever had. The way he gives you kisses you so beautiful.
Hi I’m reaching out for some help! My Patterdale is 3 years old and his behaviour is sadly worsening. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself the master, it’s my Dad really. We never really had the time to train him properly and I think this is why we are suffering right now. We make sure he is in a routine and we usually will walk him for at least an hour to two hours a day, however this doesn’t seem to change his other instincts. He barks at almost everything from the vacuum, to the hosepipe, the ironing board, our next door neighbour and people who come to the door, not forgetting other dogs while we’re out walking and even moving cars (which makes me the very embarrassed dog owner). In these situations, we are unable to discipline him as he will just become aggressive, growl and snarl and even sometimes look to snap, I’ve tried to do some research and he does show some symptoms for fear related anxiety? so I’m wondering if that’s something that is worth looking into further, I’ve also heard positive reinforcement is effective but if anyone has some other quick tips and suggestions they would be greatly appreciated, as he is wearing us down a lot! thanks.
Hi could eny one help us we have a patterdale she is 1 years old very Stubon and keeps weeing on floor in kitchen or lounge and she also started to chew her bed and the fucher how can we stop this if some one can help please let me know
We have had mixed experiences with our patterdale x whippet Milo. He was a 1 year old rescue when we got him. He’s very loving and sweet but can be single minded when he sees other dogs and can become quite aggressive to other dogs (probably because at times other dogs/ owners didn’t like this which made me nervous) he’s also a mounter. Lots of positive reinforcement with treats or ball has sorted it out mostly. 5 now he is starting to settle, lively on walks but at home can be quite neurotic pacing and licking the floor [email protected]?! Has also killed 2 of my free range chickens and bitten 2 young children despite living with mine so I have to be really careful with him around kids /other animals especially if he hasn’t had enough exercise. Take away is that you need to have plenty of time for their energy.
Anne Blunsden says
I live in the UK. I have a Patterdale x Whippet too. We have had him for 6 months and was 3 years old when we got him. We have found walking on a loose lead a problem. When we first got him he used to walk on his hind legs. He is gradually calming down but we can only let him off the lead to chase the ball. As soon as he is distracted by a bird or small animal he is off and it takes us ages to get him back.
We have found him to be very affectionate, he loves to sit on my lap and sleep which is difficult because he is a bit too big. I would love to hear more about Milo.
Mrs b says
My daughters patterdale came to stay and never went home.
Shes now 11 and i love her so much.
Easy to live with, sulky, loves her sleep, her own dog, as it were!
Dreading the day she leaves me.
Simon Taylor says
My patterdale has dry patches or spots at the top of her front legs.dont know what the problem is. Can anyone help.
This isban itchy skin condition. Patterdales are known for it. Best to speak to your vet.
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Kathy wrote about Maggie.
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Our female dog, Maggie, was rescued a year ago on Christmas day. At that time she was 6 to 8 months old. She looks exactly like a Patterdale terrier. She took a long time to housebreak, has lots of energy, has knee problems where the kneecap dislocates, has skin allergies, loves to hunt. We have crayfish holes in our front yard. She loves to stick ber nose down the hole. Then she tries to dig the crawdad up. She is such a sweet, loving lap dog. Loves to retreive tennis balls. She sleeps in our bed between our pillows in her dog bed. She loves other dogs and our 7 great grandchildren. I have been wondering what breed she was. She is all black and has short, very shiny hair. She would be on the bigger side at 25 pounds. I am thrilled to see that she looks just like a Patterdale. We would like to have another but a mix would be more affordable. We are retired. Maggie is our baby. We cant imagine our life without her.
My first rescue was a Patterdale and for the six years she was with me I had no idea this was her breed. It was on her last ever trip to the beach before she died that we bumped into a lady who was walking five Patterdales, one of whom was the double of Maisy. That’s when I found out her breed – I’d just always assumed she was a cross.
My second Patterdale is also a rehome called Star. Totally different character and personality. Equally as adorable. It’s the loving, emotional, caring, comforting and highly intelligent side of them that I just can’t get enough of. You will never find a more loving and enthusiastic dog than a Patterdale! I’ll never be without one for and long as I live.
Shoutout to Cooper! Paterdale lab mix 💪
Kayleigh Carey says
Hi we have a patterdale lab mix pup. How big did yours become please?
Wont change anything for us as we love him anyway. Lol
So we rescued a 21 month patterdale a boy Ziggy….he is amazing very energetic, loves meeting other dogs but at the moment as soon as he sees a dog out walking that is all he can focus on nothing else matters than him meeting this dog….he almost looks aggressive as he goes in to meet dogs but it’s only because he is so excited and wants to play.
Other than this he’s a beaut, great with the kids, listens to what your saying, loves to play and is even coming on runs with us….best decision we made getting him x
I have an 11year old Patterdale crossed accidentally with a chiwawa. The other pups in the litter were small with pointy ears just like the mother but my one was giant and grew up to look just like his father, a friend took one of his brothers and it’s obvious when they are together that my dog is far more intelligent and considerate. He deals with other dogs amazingly and becomes pack leader. Any aggressive dogs are put in their place as he will wind them up until they chase hii til they are exhausted, then he will run straight at them and jump over their head. They usually give in to his superior speed and agility and end up as friends.
He never walks, he only has one speed which is like a bullet. I.used to harness him up to my bike with a walkydog attachment and have to slow him down with the brakes as he pulled me on a heavy mountain bike way too fast. Now I keep up with him on an electric unicycle that can do 30mph
The only problem I have is that he is used to pulling me on the bike so he thinks that is his job when on a lead
Zoe Hubbuck says
I have 2 patterdale terriers and 5 pups from mama and dad, Dad is so protective over the house and when my son plays out he sits and watches and mam is as protective but she let’s dad do the work unless she thinks he isn’t doing it properly they love the beach and countryside all the different smells , they are really friendly with people ,not so much with other dogs, but never too aggressive just a grumble and a bark
NICK Hannam says
Hiya, I have a seven year old red Patterdale terrier named Jethro, I’ve had him his whole life and he is literally the best dog ever, as a breed they are so intelligent that if you have a Patterdale and not using him for hunting it is really important to stimulate them mentally to compensate for the not hunting, when Jethro meets another dog he always approaches like he’s hunting (like a lioness crouching down low), it’s instinct for them, but if you exercise a lot and stimulate them I can guarantee that they will be the best companion ever
Hi I have a Patterdale he’s 6 years old now this breed ordinates from patterdale ,penrith,.Cumbria in England .
Frisky is my best friend he his loyal never agressive he’s full of talent he makes me laugh a great deal. He loves to mix with other dogs ,.he’s a very loving dog and loves to please and likes to watch TV .I love his long hair over the winter months when his bronze and chocolate stand out on the top of his head and in summer they must be groomed to short hair as they over heat but when they get the short hair after grooming they look stunning and feel like velvet.but one thing I can say they are the most loyal dogs in the world and family friendly my frisky is the best thank you to my boyfriend for getting for me as I never wanted another dog after my lab died .I’m so happy he did as I feel so safe were ever I am .HE MIGHT BE SMALL BUT HE’S SO MIGHTY
I have just got a patterdale he is 2 and a half great boy but think he might have some issues as is very thin in my eyes
I have Dexter 6 year old male patterdale. We were his fourth rescuers and he has been hard work at times. Four pet trainers all told us not to take him out but we perceived. His anxiety can be overwhelming at times and he shows it in aggression. Pretty sure he was ill treated in the past and at the moment cannot socialise with other dogs but now loves meeting people.
Anne Keenan says
Keep going with the socialisation with other dogs. I rescued a two year old patterdale six months ago, he had never had a walk in his life, was terrified of other dogs which came out as aggression. He was really hard work at first, but he is really coming good now. Lots of excercise, lots of play with my other rescue terrier and he’s delightful.
edward deick says
Likewise, I adopted Doris as a 5th owner at 5 months. To this day I’ll never understand why. She was initially rescued because of abuse along with her sister. She was also bullied a lot and shows the marks from other dogs. The only problem I’ve ever hard with her is her barking at men or bikes
Roland Espinosa says
We adopted our Padderdale, Binx from the shelter. Did not know what he was until we did a DNA test. What a great addition to the family. He is the most lovable and kindest dog we have ever had. We previously adopted a chihuahua. Binx has always been kind to Hobie. Hobie needed a bit of help and Binx was just the companion for him. We highly recommend Padderdale Terriers.
Matia Capeta says
Hi, My Patterdale is 11 years old, she shows up nocking our door and never left, she is super active and she knows a few tricks that she has performed on pet shows, she travel with us on an RV but any time I need to get out she goes bananas, she need to get out with me or she is going to drive crazy my husband, now she travel in a cage, and finally we have peace
she loves extremely people more than other pets, we lost our Bigle 3 months ago, it was very hard on us, still, we miss him but our Ebony she really was depressed for about two weeks, she was always in his case, she never left him alone, always looking to play and harass him, I feel sad for her she looks very lonely without him, being all her life his sister she is looking for attention from us, we give her all we can all we have until God knows when we love her very much, she had a good life with us, no one know what hr life was before she show up on our porch 9 years ago.
Lorraine Bland says
My baby was called Charlie he was a sweetheart. Loved to play but also loved to just relax and snuggle. He loved to sunbathe. Miss him everyday so much personality and love. He passed away from cancer nearly 2yrs ago. I’m so glad I have 12yrs of precious funny memories.
L Saturley says
I could write a book about our beloved Sage, a purebred Patterdale. We had 4 boys but one of them was Sage. He thought he was human and acted the part! He was housebroken as a pup immediately after one accident. He thought he had done a good deed when he brought me a parakeet he had caught (I bred tropical birds including parrots, and this one was an escape artist). One good scolding and Sage never looked at a feathered friend again….not even ducks at the pond. He may have been more intelligent than our 3 sons! He quickly learned to do tricks on command, played referee if he thought anyone was arguing, instinctively knew when any of us were having a bad day, and became well known and loved by all he met. His adventures became legendary in our community. Cant begin to relate all of the funny and heart warming stories here. He was as active as our boys. Patterdales are not your typical lapdog! That seriosly needs to be considered if you are contemplating obtaining a Patterdale, although he did slow down some in his older years. But if you can handle an active little dog, you will gain another member in your family that will not be ignored. We miss him terribly.
Dana Vondelinde says
My little Sonny boy is the most loving little guy. Wants to please his family and its very important to him to feel loved and accepted. If he goes unnoticed he gets down. Hates to be thought of as a dog, wont leave my side for a second even when he sleeps. He is so very special, he has a heart of gold and a personality that makes me laugh everyday. I don’t know what i would have done without his companionship. HE IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE MY BEST FRIEND!
Hi , had a pattern for 14 yrs best dog , clever obedient after training which took some time became my best mate , champion hurdler , agility , racer and hunter of foxes rabbits and pheasants , think he knew what I was going to do before I done it very loyal dog he died part of me died as well
Sandra Wilcox says
I absolutely love my Patterdale (Sally). She is such a loyal and loving girl. I lost my husband 2 years ago and she always senses my sadness and responds so quickly by jumping in my lap and to snuggle. Her intelligence and attention are amazing.
My Jack is 14 years old. Unfortunately his arthritis and loss of vision are getting the best of him but I got him when he was 3 months old and he is the sweetest dog I’ve ever met not to mention smartest. He was so easy to train and only because of his age is he having accidents. I’m heartbroken that I’m going to be losing him soon and if it wasn’t for not being able to go through the heart ache again I’d get another patterdale in a heartbeat. He’s been my best friend for 14 years and has always been by my side. He was never mean or aggressive only sweet and smart. I love my Jack more than I like most people.
I also have a jack and he is so loyal as well. I’m so sorry to hear of your heartbreak and the thought of losing your best friend..
We have a patterdale named Bo. We all just love him, most wonderfull dog in the world! Everyone should be so fortuned to have a Patterdale in the family.
benito rosado says
I just welcome home my patterdale terrier he only 5 month old. Someone gave him too us wow we got lucky did not know what breed it was cause I really did not want to question why he was giving it away. I just wanted to take him home. Little did I know he was pure patterdale terrier,I live in the Bronx and I haven seen one. So yes I was shock. We feel so bless for max to be part of our family. We live him.
Wow my patterdale pure bred brooklyn is from New York too, there must be breeders out there. I never knew what that breed was until I got her. I am so blessed. She is the best friend, goes with me everywhere, great off leash too. Now I live in Los Angeles. Moved here when she was young. She now loves the water and the sun. Best dog I’ve ever known. So happy to have many more years with her. She will be 4 in July.
Just adopted a two year old, hoping to keep her. She is perfect with everyone and well trained. Our biggest problem is going to be breaking her of going after any and all animals. Yes even dogs. The only other thing is she needs to be broken of jumping up on everyone and the counter.
We are trying the reward method to keep her attention when walking her. If she gets fixated on an animal she is hard to control. May use a mussel until she is fully trained.
My Patterdale, now 30 months, has been dog aggressive since 12 months. The muzzle has been a great tool in sorting his aggressive behaviour. He cant bite, and has a chance to socialise.
J J says
Charles is a cross with a Jack Russel, and has the energy for both. It has been three years now and we still have some issues with him jumping on guests. He get very excited to make new friends. Still he listens well, we just grab a ball first before answering the door. I have seen him jump 6 ft in the air nearly catching a pheasant in flight. If I can find a way I would love to train him to be a hunting dog. He is extremely athletic, hardy, and already behaved well enough for me to take him backpacking with no issues. Initially we spent many hours a day playing ball with him then started his obedience training after he let out a lot of energy. He does well on leash but is better off leash when he has a chance to run. Oh and he is better at volleyball than myself and is an excellent goalie. I would recommend to those who are having issues with this breed to try a “ball is life” approach, it has worked very well for us with Charles and others I know with the same breed.
Sharon Smith says
My God. What amazing rescue dog my Leon Is! Developmentally under nourished, when I had him, he would break into steel fences. What did that tell me about his past? So , watching him, he witnessed other dogs fetching the ball. Then he witnesses footballers dribble the ball. Guess what he does now? Yes, he tackles and dribbles! What a dog! He speeds up on his development and has become unique as a dog, more like a child! Highly recommended to the open minded, his name is leon x
I have a patterdale cross dachshund, I’ve had him since 5 weeks old. He was a bit young when he came into my family with his brother which looked like a patterdale cross jack Russell. They were adorable but the trouble started with training. They always wanted to play together and not learn. The jack Russell cross badger was barking always at the neighbors and trying to jump my garden fences to chase cats, busy roads nearby, he never sat still, in the end I had to rehome him as having two dogs and four kids was too much for me. Also he would attack other dogs on walkie. The dachshund cross is quiter and calmer but he too has issues with protecting me, went camping and my daughter and myself were standing outside our tent when a member of our group came to say hi and he went for her nose, no harm came of that thank goodness. Also as a pup he played with all the other dogs, but soon as he went through a change he started attacking and being defensive around male dogs, the other males know my dog is unneutered and usually starts it first by growling or barking. He normally does it to dogs bigger than him. Makes me nervous to walk him. At home and around people he knows and female dogs he’s good as gold. Toilet training both dogs was easy. The dachshund cross loves my three cats, follows them around sniffing and cleaning their butts. Hes raw fed, nosode vaccination and treated holistically.
Do you have any patterdales pups for sale?
I had an adorable patterdale dog we rescued from Dogs Trust called Pepi. He was 5 at the time and we had him for a further 13 and a half years. He was the most stubborn dog I have ever known. But he was also the most loving and trusted dog I have had the pleasure of owning. He loved walking and spending time with me and my family. We are currently looking for a pup patterdale, because of our positive experiences with our beloved Pepi. If there is any advice I could offer to those looking to own a patterdale, it would be to train him to come to you at an early age. Otherwise you are destined for a dog on a leash for the most part. We have grandchildren who he just adored, he was a great companion and we miss his dreadfully.
We adopted our red smooth patterdale 6 months ago she’s 3 and she’s amazing great in house love kisses and cuddles but doesn’t like other dogs we’re getting there by slowly introducing her bit by bit her recall wasn’t good either but lots of patience and treats she’s much better
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I adopted a 1 year old Patterdale mix about 1 and a half month ago and she’s (Nova) wonderful. We love her very much. She’s been good, a couple of accidents but nothing mayor, very obedient and loyal. But SHE CANNOT see a dog OMG she gets sooooo aggressive. She has some scars in her forehead, vet said she might had a bad experience. At the shelter they found her on the street, didn’t have collar and her paws were (still are) very dry and her nail all rogh. At first I was so scared because she was so aggressive to a Pitbull (without leash) and the pitbull ran to us I had to carry her. I’ve been taking her outside and sit/kneel next to her to keep her calm, I think is working. That the only down side. Other than that she’s an amazing a very active dog.
Have Patterdale staffie cross hebarks at everyone chew got him at a year and 3 months very hard work
Any helproblems in trying to stop him barking
My Patterdale, Raisen, is two & she is the best! I had labs before, but wanted something smaller – but she is by no means easier! I love her cuddles & kisses, she knows she makes me laugh- & does it all the more! She beats my 6yr old Scottie up – until he gives in & plays with her – they are too cute together. Yes she has been the hardest to toilet train – but now does weewees on command. She is greedy & will do anything for food, my house has become an obstacle course for her when she sees a fly, goes back & forth chasing it relentlessly!! She is my world!
joanne parker says
We have a 11 month old patterdales cross border called Albert and he is the most loving affectionate dog when he wants to be but he is also a nightmare for jumping up at me and mouthing have tried to ignore as many have said to do but he then just barks at me and nips can anyone give me some advice having experienced this too
Hi. I have a patterdale and he has just started to do this. Barks and shows his teeth and looks aggressive and tries to bite hands. Shout no to him but makes him worse. So we have to try to.ignore him. Any suggestions and advice would be great too.
Try giving him a toy when he nips. My Patterdale is 13 now and still picks up up a toy when we come home to stop biting us! I hope this helps ☺
Fly swatter is your fix!
Love my Martha! Loyal, considerate, energetic and eager to learn every stupid dog trick I can YouTube! Potty training was rough, but that was expected bringing a little into our home. Excellent with kids and insists on being the life of the party when others are around. She helps me herd my flock in at dusk and even helps with the goats fearlessly. Stubborn when I am weak, but a truly great unexpected addition to our family.
Joan Garratt says
Bailey is 35 solid pounds. We are his fifth home. He was just over a year when I got him. He is afraid of big dogs, bicycles, skateboards, motorcycles. I am currently trying what I call the focus method. Lots of treats if he focuses on me instead of the things that we encounter that scare him. He is very protective of me, I have learned to never give attention to another dog in front of him, extremely jealous.
We wanted a small dog that wasn’t wimpy so we got a Patterdale. She is the most darling, affectionate and goofy dog we’ve ever had. She loves my dirty socks and never damages them. She was however the most difficult dog to potty train, taking several weeks. She is fully potty trained now though, thank goodness. We keep her on leash anytime she’s outside as her high prey drive leads her chase any deer she sees. We have lost her a few times in the woods at the end of our neighborhood, scaring us half to death, but she always manages to make it back to our yard within the hour, dragging her muddy leash behind. She travels well in our cars, either in her crate or riding shotgun in her little dog bed. She does not like to go to bed, always angling to sleep in our bed instead, poor little lovable pup.
I have always had cattle dogs until I fell in love with a friends Paterdale terrier. I tracked down the breeder in NSW and was able to meet Roger. He is chocolate broken coat. As he got out of my car in 10 seconds he killed 2 chickens. Roger was 10 months old when I got him, he wasn’t toilet trained. Initially I thought he might be deaf and or with poor eyesight because he was unresponsive.He is now trained. Lots and lots of positive reinforcement – he doesn’t attack small animals anymore although he knows where the echidnas are he isn’t obsessed with hunting them. He is absolutely wonderful such a happy fella he gets on with my kelpie pup and likes to spend time with his best mate Kieth a 70 kilo pig. I almost always have him on a leash when outside.unless we are playing. He came into his own when I first took him to the beach. I e stopped being surprised when he comes to his name. Unlike my “herding” dogs that are so obedient, Roger considers instruction before acting. Paterdales are fantastic and love close cuddles and seem to thrive on a instruction.
Where abouts in NSW did you track down the breeder from? Currently looking to import a pup from overseas
The breeder was at Braidwood but now I think they are at Kempsey.
Robyn Tegan Wigham says
Hi I felt like I needed to comment on this post, as I’ve never met a more loving dog than my patterdale Merle and more people should give these awesome doggos a chance. I’ve had him from being 8 weeks old, I was 23 when I got him and he is simply the best companion I could ever ask for in a dog. Against the reviews I read about needing experience with the breed and how hard they’re to train, I still took my chances on getting him. 18 months on and he is the best thing to embrace mine and everyone who meets him life. He does need a longer walk than a shiz tzu would but it keeps us both active and he loves exploring the outdoors. He has never barks at humans, unless he wants to warn us he needs the loo or sees someone coming down the drive and he has never once barked at a dog…he will only wimpers if they don’t want to play with him. His favourite things are cuddles and kisses, he is over the top affectionate, which I adore and he has the goofiest personality. He loves showing off his learnt tricks but he prefers it when that comes with a treat at the end of it. Don’t get me wrong he can be a tad stubborn at times, especially when it comes to going to the toilet before bed and it’s raining and he isn’t as daft as he can lead you to believe but that’s what makes his personality so great. If you’re thinking about getting a patt, do it! Best decision I’ve ever made, definitely the most underrated and fantastic bread out there.
I adopted Maggie about 4 yrs ago as a small lab mix, she is 27lbs. I’m fairly certain now she is a Patterdale Terrier, possible mix as she has a thick tail. She is full of personality and quick to train. Love her regardless of her true breed but this does solve the question of what small dog she was mixed with to make a lab so tiny.
Got my own little girl libby turning 3 in 2018 and I really recommend these dogs my girl won’t come back when we call her got any tips will come in handy thx
we had rescue patterdale walter from age 18 months til he died in april age 18 had been used foor hunting before abandoned. wonderful loving family pet but little sod when in the woods or on moors often vanished for 2 hrs +. then would appear asif to say. oh you waited !!! in latter days just a lovely lad. great with children grandchildren. recently adopted 8 month old female despite having decided not to. looks like potentially great but needs training re recall shhep cows and cats. will persevere as she is so gteat with kids dogs and big humans
Nichola Schild says
May be too late by now, but a good way to train a dog to come back is to set yourself up with a good supply of treats the dog really likes and a retractable lead. Agree with the other walkers what the return call should be and then for the next three weeks, the dog is not allowed off the retractable lead at all, and you call him or her back, often, during the walk and every time (every time – no exceptions) it comes back when you call, it gets a treat. I always have rescue dogs and it works on adult dogs as well as puppies. Just don’t weaken during the three weeks and let it off the lead. I have a Patterdale – now a very old lady – they found her going through bins and she was very underweight – I think they thought she wouldn’t survive – but what a great personality – very affectionate and clever.
Lea Edwards says
Sorry to bother you. I am looking to adopt a dog. The dog I really found would suit me happens to be a patterdale. I’m a bit put off by reading about the breed. I could not cope if he killed another animal. The rescue have already stated he hates cats and small furry animals! Can this be trained out of him.
Len Smith says
Have just got a patterdale pup (Tess) who is now 12 weeks old and soon to go out on her first adventure after having her injection. She is smooth coat black with a small white blaze on her chest. She is already socialised towards people and especially children having been taken everywhere I go in her shoulder carrier so she gets used to all and everything, including visiting the local duck population and sea birds so she will be fine around smaller animals (seems to be working) She is coming along very well indeed with recall using the method in your book The Happy Puppy. I need her to be good around smaller animals and sheep as I am a photographer and she needs to come with me. Obviously she will be getting plenty of stimulation and excercise. All in all I think she is going to be just fine meant to add she is also great with dogs as she goes to our local vets puppy party. She even has her own Diary page on my website.