Patterdale Terrier



The Patterdale Terrier is a small yet powerful dog that is an amazing companion to have. The head of the dog appears to blend in well with the overall look that this dog offers. A front view of the skull of the dog forms a trapezoid shape. The length of the skull and muzzle are equal in size. The muzzle terminates at a black nose. The nose color only varies in a dog that has a liver color coat. The muzzle must always appear strong and the teeth must all be white and meet in a scissors bite.

The eyes are set wide apart and fit well within their large sockets within the head. The color of the eyes is determined by the coat of the skin. The color of the eye can never be blue. It is very important to note that bulging or even protruding eyes disqualify the Patterdale Terrier from being classified.


This dog may either have a smooth single coat or a broken color coat. The common color coats of the Patterdale terrier include black, silver, red, tan or bronze. The combination that is common in most of the broken color coat is a combination of the above colors. The coat is made up of a smooth, dense and stiff hair. The top line of the dog is level and the tails hangs over the back. Average height is about 12 inches while the average weight is 11 – 13 pounds.


The Patterdale terrier is one of the most energetic terriers in their group and do love to be by their owners side. They are very lovable dogs and will do each and everything to please. In fact, it was used for leg warming following its characteristic behavior of always staying by the feet of their masters. The dog is very intelligent and determined to learn. This makes it a perfect candidate for obedience classes which are taught fast as the dog is very cooperative. If you are to own this dog, be prepared to offer it with at least 40 minutes of a daily pack walk. Due to its genetic composition, it has to be well exercised to ensure behavior problems do not develop.

Health Problems

There are no documented health problems. Weight management is however a crucial component in the overall health of the dog.


This dog does have low mortality levels and lives an average of 11 – 13 years.


As the dog has a short and smooth coat, very little grooming is required if any. A weekly brushing of the hair coat is sufficient.


This is a native dog of Northern England. It is found in large numbers in Yorkshire and Lake District. The name Patterdale came from a village in Cumbria where the dog is believed to have originated from initially. The dog was bred mainly for its hunting ability and has in the recent past been bred as a household pet. Scars on the body are highly regarded as it shows its prowess.