How To Care for Patterdale Terriers

The Patterdale Terrier is the most substantial of terriers. Equipped with solid legs and high set ears, the Patterdale is less of a "fussy" dog when compared to the rest of the terrier breed. Although the Patterdale is know for his easygoing attitude, here are some things to know before you go out and buy a new Patterdale puppy.

  1. Physical Characteristics. The Patterdale has a short, rough coat. The Patterdale's coat is wiry; it can be black and tan, red, brown, or just plain black. He measures about 12 inches, and weighs between 10 and 14 pounds.
  2. Disposition. The Patterdale, like other terriers, is known for his hunting past. Unlike many of the terriers however, the Patterdale's legacy continues in today's world. Hunters still use Patterdales for fox hunts as well as for chasing and killing vermin. Patterdales are very tenacious and become quite focused while in pursuit. It is not unusual for a Patterdale to attack other animals because of his killer instinct and hunting background. The Patterdale can be difficult to obedience train because of his independent nature.
  3. Physical Needs: Exercise. The Patterdale is a true exerciser. He needs daily walks in addition to plenty of time to run and play. When inside, he will remain relatively inactive and calm, but if not exercised enough, he may become belligerent and bratty.
  4. Physical Needs: Space. An apartment is not an ideal place for the Patterdale Terrier. The best home for a Patterdale is a farm or a house with a large yard. The Patterdale needs to have his hunting urges satisfied (even if it is a casual squirrel chase) daily. Patterdales can learn to use a leash, but they prefer open spaces and more independence than a harness or leash provides.
  5. Physical Needs: Food. Consult your vet for advice on the best food for your Patterdale. Patterdales will not typically munch on their findings, but to fuel his hunting activities, a balanced diet full of protein is recommended.
  6. Physical Needs: Grooming. The short and coarse coat is simple to maintain. There is practically no grooming needed for this breed. Since the Patterdale enjoys digging and rugged sport, however, a bath may be needed every once in a while!
  7. Physical Needs: Sleeping Quarters. Patterdale Terriers love the outdoors. Unlike the more refined Yorkshire Terriers or West Highland Terriers, Patterdales can sleep outside provided they have a warm and dry dog house. Still, most owners prefer letting their Patterdales rest in the comfort of a home after a long day of hunting and playing. Patterdales should only be kenneled or lodged with two other terriers. They tend to be aggressive towards other breeds and get feisty if they feel overcrowded.

  8. Health Considerations. Patterdale Terriers are resilient dogs. There are no specific ailments that affect them. Since they are hunters and outdoor dogs, a rabies shot, however, is essential as preventative care.

  9. Life Expectancy. The Patterdale lives approximately 11-13 years.

The Patterdale Terrier, though a stubborn and active hunting dog, is brave, bold, and eager to please his master. Keep in mind that because of this terrier's ultra sporty traits, it is rare for a person to own a Patterdale as strictly a pet. The Patterdale is an excellent choice for a hunter or a farmer plagued with vermin-not a family in the city or suburbs.


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