Patterdale Terrier

Small Size

Doesn't moult much

Not good for first time owners

The Patterdale was developed in the Lake District where farmers needed a robust and hardy dog to protect flocks of sheep from predators.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Someone looking for a working terrier or a dog to participate in a variety of canine sports.

Not the best for ...

Anyone who would struggle to cope with the Patterdale's high prey drive and need for vigorous daily exercise

Aliases

Patterdale, Black Fell Terrier

Cross between

None

Origin

United Kingdom

Size

Small
Small - but bigger than most cats

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!

Coat

Spikey
If not hand stripped will go fluffy. If you don't pluck their fur in the old fashioned way they transform from spikey to soft.

Shedding

Doesn't moult much
But all dogs shed dander so if you're allergic, make sure you'll be ok

Life expectancy

11 years

Good first dog?

No

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