Patterdale Terrier


The most noticeable characteristics of the Patterdale Terrier are its smooth coat and its large ears that fold down, giving the breed an expressive look. The breed has a small yet well-proportioned body. Its back is medium straight. A neck that is elongated and well-muscled extends to the back. Its chest is neither too broad or too long. It stands on front and back legs that are straight. Its tail is average in length and is typically carried high above the back. Its coat is thick and smooth.


The Patterdale Terrier has a typically Terrier feistiness. It is very courageous, despite its small size. It makes a good watchdog and guard dog because it will not become easily intimidated by an intruder. It will seek to protect its family and their property. This breed has a lot of stamina and will keep up with children. In addition to being a hardy playmate, it is a hard worker.

Height and Weight

The Patterdale Terrier is an average of 11-15 inches tall and weighs an average of 10-17 pounds.

Health Problems

The Patterdale Terrier is a healthy breed that is not linked to any serious health problems.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Patterdale Terrier is a working breed that needs a significant amount of space for activity. Small living conditions, such as an apartment are too confining for this breed. In addition, the breed will become inactive if it kept indoors.


The Patterdale Terrier has an above average energy level. Daily exercise should be a daily routine for this breed. If the breed is a hunting companion it will obtain a significant amount of the physical exercise it needs. An owner that engages in high octane physical activity can take this breed with them while they train.

Life Expectancy

The Patterdale Terrier has an average life expectancy of 11-13 years.

Litter Size

The Patterdale Terrier has an average of 6 puppies.


The smooth coat of the Patterdale Terrier does not require special attention. Regular brushing is all that is necessary to keep the coat of this breed healthy.


The Patterdale Terrier originates from North England.




Most Patterdale Terriers are black. Other acceptable colors for this breed include solid colors of red and bronze, and a combination of black and light brown.