American Canine Association




Originated hundreds of years ago in Great Britain, the Patterdale is a terrier type breed. Though there is no exact knowledge of what exact bloodlines created the Patterdale Terrier, we do know that they were used to hunt out rats, foxes, rabbits and other small vermin. This breed still has a natural instinct to hunt today, and is often seen in the United States.


The Patterdale Terrier is a small breed dog with males and females measuring up to 12 inches in height and weighing 11-12 pounds in weight. This breed has a medium wedge shaped head that is very broad on top, accompanied by two triangular ears that are folded firmly down alongside of their face. Their two almond shaped eyes are a light hazel to dark brown in color. Their general body build is very firm, short to the ground and athletic in appearance. Their tail is carried upwards and is thick near their body, tapering down to a point. Their single layer, short hair coat is black, red, silver, bronze, tan, grizzle, all with or without white markings.


The Patterdale Terrier is best suited for those who know and enjoy the "terrier" type breeds. Though small, the Patterdale Terrier is full of terrier personality such as wanting to hunt small animals, needing a good amount of physical and mental exercise daily, natural instinct to dig, fearless and extremely loyal. This breed is quieter than most small breeds. The Patterdale truly is suited to be a hunting partner and thrives while having that job to accomplish for their owner. This breed can do okay with other dogs, however is not recommended for homes with non canine pets. Generally does good with children of any age that he or she is raised alongside of. Early obedience and proper socialization is highly recommended. This breed can not be left inside or alone for long hours every day.


This breed does shed daily. Brush daily and bathe when needed.

Special Notes

This breed is not meant for everyone. Please fully educate yourself about the Patterdale Terrier prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide a life long commitment both physically and financially. A properly installed fence or proper fitting harness and leash are required for your new dog while outside at all times. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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