patterdale terrier breed information

Patterdale Terrier

The Patterdale Terrier gets his name from a small village in the Lake District of Cumbria in Northwest England, where he comes from. He has, however, gone by a number of names, including “Welsh Terrier”, “Old English Broken-Coated Terrier”, “Old English Terrier” and "Fell Terrier". His exact origins are unknown, but Lakeland, Border and Bedlington terriers were all used in developing the breed. The Patterdale Terrier was bred to protect flocks of sheep from foxes and other predators in a hilly and often harsh environment, and he is still widely used for that purpose today.

In his native UK, he is primarily seen as a working dog, and is not recognized by any kennel clubs as a pedigree. In North America, where he first arrived in 1978, he is recognized by the United Kennel Club, but not the American Kennel Club.

Because there is no set standard for the Patterdale, his appearance can vary widely. In the UK, he tends to weigh around 14-20 lbs., a bit more than his slightly smaller U.S. cousins. His coat may be smooth, rough or a mixture of both, and can be black, red, bronze, brown or blue. A high-energy working dog, he needs regular mental and physical exercise, as well as consistent training to keep bad habits like excessive barking or digging at bay. Once he is well exercised, he will be laid-back and relaxed, often curling up in a warm spot in the house.

Despite his small size, the Patterdale is not an ideal pet for the first-time dog owner. He can be bold, stubborn and difficult to train, even as a puppy, so he does best with a seasoned trainer who can serve as a confident, firm leader. Because of his strong prey drive, he has a tendency to view cats as moving targets, but if he is socialized to them as a puppy, he may learn to be friendly toward felines.

He might be one plucky pup, but the Patterdale Terrier is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health, and your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Patterdale Terrier are prone to include eye conditions such as lens luxation; spinal problems such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD); thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism; and joint problems such as hip dysplasia and cranial cruciate disease.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Patterdale Terrier inherits anything more than his mom’s bad hip or his dad’s bad eyes, you’re protected.

Common health issues

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