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Patterdale Breed Summary

Loyal, Friendly, Highly-Active, People-Orientated Doggies

These doggies were originally bred in the Lake District in the north of the UK, where they were extremely prized for their fantastic hunting abilities and keen senses! They have since become a very popular breed.

There is no breed standard as of yet and they are yet to be recognised by the Kennel Club, however, their loyal and friendly natures mean they still easily find a place both in hoomans hearts and homes across the world!

Fun Fact: They were named after the village of Patterdale in the Lake District!

Kennel Club Group Terrier
Lifespan 12 - 15 years
Height (at the withers) 25 - 40 cm at the withers
Weight 7 - 14 kg
Coat Smooth, Rough or Broken coat with a Dense Undercoat.
Colour Grizzle, Chocolate, Red/tan, Liver, Black and tan
Eye colour Dark Brown
Common health issues Eye issues, Primary lens Luxation (PLL) 
Other Names Black Fell Terrier

This breed makes an excellent family pet due to the fact that they are extremely loyal and have very friendly natures. However, it must be noted that these guys are very high-energy, and will need lots of walkies and other forms of physical activity, so a highly active family is probably a better home for these doggies. They also have an extremely high prey drive, due to their original reasons for being bred. Alongside the ability to compress their lungs, which allows them to go into holes and burrows, it’s best you don’t let these guys off their leads unless in a very secure area! It may also not be the best dog if you have other small pets. However, they are really ‘hooman’ orientated and will make good pets for owners who have experience handling terriers.

These sweet doggies were developed in the Lake District in the 1960’s, by Brian Nuttall. It’s thought he used Buck and Breay doggies to create the Patterdale that we know today. Even now, puppies from the ‘Nuttall Bloodline’ are considered to be one of the most prestigious lines in the world, demanding an extremely high price! They were originally developed to protect flocks against predators and to be able to work in harsh and hilly terrain. As compared to other breeds, this particular group of doggies were trained to catch prey without killing them and were taught to withstand their ground and react quickly and efficiently to every situation thrown at them. The name of this breed comes from the village where they were originally bred in, called Patterdale.