The Patterdale Terrier

The Patterdale Terrier

The Patterdale Terrier has strong hunting instincts, which makes it unsuitable for an apartment lifestyle. This breed of Terriers fall under the working dog breeds and as the name suggests, they need a lot of work. If you have an apartment, then the dog will need a lot of exercise to expend the stamina so that your house can remain intact. If left along for too long, then their tough, energetic self takes over and there’s no telling what part of the house will be unconquered by them. The Patterdale Terriers love their family and will bond very closely will them. If they have received enough exercise, they’ll be more than happy to climb onto your lap and snuggle with you.

Patterdale Terrier dogs require a daily walk or a run and love going on long walks or hikes. They are very comfortable in water and swim rather well. Because of their hunting instincts, they need to be on a leash when they’re outdoors. Their instinct to chase smaller animals might get the better of them. To avoid any unwarranted accidents or canine confrontations, it’s safer to keep them on a leash. If they do manage to run off, it’s quite difficult to heel them. Training them too can be quite the challenge; they are eager to please you but have a short attention span. The slightest of sounds can distract them. Patience and being firm is key; avoid any rough handling. You could experience some difficulty in housebreaking them.

This sensitivity to movement is what makes them good watchdogs. At the slightest sound of an intrusion, they will bark and alert you. Patterdale Terriers are generally friendly and gets along with most people. The same can’t be said about other house pets, especially if they’re smaller. It isn’t advisable to have two pets if one of them is a Patterdale Terrier. They will play with children all day long but need to be supervised around younger children, in case they get a little too playful and excited.

Appearance:

Average Height-

10-12 inches

Average Weight-

10-13 lbs

Care & Health:

Grooming: The Terrier’s coat doesn’t need any upkeep as such. An occasional brushing is all it needs; every day if you want to reduce the amount of shedding around the house.

History:

The Patterdale Terrier hails from the Yorkshire and Lake District in England and were originally bred to hunt and kill foxes and rats and rabbits. Until they were introduced to the United States in 1978, the Patterdale Terriers were only known around the Great Britain region.

The Patterdale Terrier Club of America was formed in 1993 and the breed was registered with the UKC in 1995.

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