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Understanding and Training a Patterdale Terrier

Patterdale Terrier

Stocky, well-built and true to Terrier nature, the Patterdale loves to hunt. Due to this love, teaching the recall command to the Patterdale is especially important, and especially difficult.

Although small in size, this is a brave and tenacious working dog. Be careful not to pamper the Patterdale because it is small and full of enthusiasm, rather help channel their drive through purposeful obedience, exercise and games.  A well mentally & physically exercised Patterdale is a joy to have as a companion - full of life and highly entertaining. 

True to the Terrier breed, the Patterdale can be stubborn and unresponsive to family members who have not established leadership over them. Avoid aggressive games, such as tug-of-war or wrestling. Be firm, yet sensitive in the approach to training.

Breed Profile

Breed Name: Patterdale Terrier

Domestic Dog Group:

Brief Description:

  • General Size: 11 - 13 lbs (5 - 6 kg); 30 cm
  • General Temperament: Brave & Enthusiastic
  • General Description: A small package filled with energy, drive and tenacity.

Breed’s Key Traits

  High Med-High Medium Med-Low Low
Requires Experience     x    
Good Family Dog     x    
Exercise Required     x    
Activity Indoors   x      
Ease of Training       x  
Sociability with Strangers       x  
Grooming Requirements       x  


Brief History

Dating back to the 1700's in the north of England, this breed was used for hunting rabbits.


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