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Patterdale Terrier

Country/Date of Origin: Great Britain/1700s

This breed originated in the north of England and is named for a village there. A hardy dog, it is able to get over the rough terrain known as fells, as well as go to ground. It will first try to get its quarry to bolt from its burrow by barking but will go in after it if necessary. A no-frills working dog, the Patterdale is game and hardy as any terrier going. Most of the Patterdales are kept by masters of fox hunts or used as vermin exterminators.

Registered with the American Rare Breed Association: (Terrier)

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Fell Terrier, Black Fell Terrier

AKC Group: Terrier

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Body Type:

  • A compact go-to-ground terrier that has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier type head
  • Height: 12 inches (at shoulder)
  • Weight: 11-13 pounds
  • The short tail is not altered
  • The folded triangular ears are not altered


  • Enthusiastic worker
  • Full of fire
  • Can be quarrelsome with other dogs


  • Short, coarse and weatherproof
  • Allowed colors are black, red, chocolate, or black-and- tan. Black is by far the most common color
  • Moderate grooming required

Health Concerns:

  • Generally very hardy
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Tasty Tidbits:
  • It is said that this dog is willing to hunt "anything with fur"
  • As with all the terriers, be sure to get the upper hand with this dog from the beginning
  • High energy level; can be destructive or noisy if not given proper exercise

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