The Patterdale Terrier is tough, determined, fearless, energetic, playful, fun-loving and strong-willed. He craves the hunt and has very strong prey instincts, and is not really suited to apartment-living. He's an independent, high-spirited, working dog: bold, confident, tenacious, and with the stamina to hunt or play for hours. Inside the house he can be relaxed and laid-back if gets enough exercise and activity. He can bond very closely to his family, and can be gentle, loyal and affectionate, snuggling in your lap. He will bask in the love and attention you give him! He can be kenneled if necessary, but only if he gets full opportunities to use his mind, body and heart. He needs daily walks or jogs, and loves going for long hikes. He loves the water and to go swimming. When outdoors he must always be kept on a leash or inside a secure area, as he will chase after anything that moves, and is very difficult to catch or call back once he gets going. He can dig under a fence to escape and chase animals; he is not a dog who can be left alone in a yard. He is quite challenging to train. Although he is eager to please, you he has a short attention span, a headstrong nature, and is easily distracted by movement and sound. You will need to be firm and positive to train him, and avoid using a harsh or heavy hand. He can be difficult to housebreak. He is moderately friendly and gets along with most people. He makes a good watchdog because he is protective and sensitive to movement, and will bark loudly at anything or anyone that approaches. He can be vocal, but is generally not a yappy dog. He is generally good with other dogs but may also pick fights with them if he is bored or not given enough exercise. He is usually not trust-worthy with cats and small pets. He loves children and will play with them all day long, but because he is a rough-and-tumble dog should always be supervised with young ones. He is a medium-shedder, and so might not be a good pet if you are concerned about dog-hair in the home.
The Patterdale Terrier is 10 to 12 inches tall (to shoulders) and weighs 10 to 13 pounds. He has a short coat that can be either smooth or wiry. His coat color can be black, red, liver, gray, black and tan, or bronze.
You only need to brush him occasionally. Or more often to reduce shedding.
The Patterdale Terrier comes from Yorkshire and the Lake District in England, and was developed from older terrier breeds to hunt and kill fox, rats and rabbits. For many years only known inside Great Britain, he was first brought to America in 1978, where he has become a popular hunting dog for boar, badgers and raccoons. The Patterdale Terrier Club of America was formed in 1993, and the breed was accepted into the United Kennel Club (England) in 1995. Although primarily a working dog, he's beginning to be recognized as well as a loving, if energetic, companion and pet.