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Patterdale Terrier

(Lakeland Terrier)
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Patterdale Terrier

Form and Function

This working terrier breed is treasured for his tenacity and courage, not to mention his endless desire to go to ground and his willingness to please. The Patterdale Terrier is sturdy, tough and active with a compact and balanced body. His small, flexible chest allows him to squeeze through tight spaces to pursue quarried vermin, while his strong neck, powerful jaws and teeth help him hold his game at bay.


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Breed Traits

Energy Level

4 out of 5

Exercise Requirements

5 out of 5


4 out of 5

Affection Level

4 out of 5

Friendliness To Dogs

3 out of 5

Friendliness To Other Pets

2 out of 5

Friendliness To Strangers

2 out of 5


2 out of 5

Ease of Training

2 out of 5

Grooming Requirements

2 out of 5

Heat Sensitivity

2 out of 5


2 out of 5

Breed Attributes




In proportion to height


10 to 15 inches



Area of Origin


Date of Origin


Other Names

Lakeland Terrier


The Patterdale Terrier originated in Northern England, having descended from the black, smooth-coated Fell Terrier. The Fell Terrier was used to control vermin that preyed on sheep and were bred to bolt the quarry out of its den. These tough-as-nails hunting characteristics were passed down to the Patterdale Terrier. Today, not only does the Patterdale Terrier continue to excel at hunting, but also in agility and racing. The United Kennel Club recognized the Patterdale Terrier in 1995.


Eager to please with a hardworking attitude, the Patterdale Terrier is determined, active and courageous with a high prey drive. Affectionate and gentle, he fares well with humans, livestock and other dogs due to his relatively laidback nature. The Patterdale Terrier is intelligent and sensitive, and with plenty of training with positive reinforcement, is a well-behaved companion.


As a true working terrier, the Patterdale Terrier requires plenty of exercise and playtime in a securely fenced yard. His dense, coarse, weatherproof double coat may be smooth, broken or rough, and should be brushed weekly and bathed every couple of months.


Major Concerns: Conjunctivitis and cataracts

Minor Concerns: Patellar luxation

Occasionally Seen: N/A

Suggested Tests: N/A

Lifespan: 12 to 15 years


Note: While the characteristics mentioned here may frequently represent this breed, dogs are individuals whose personalities and appearances will vary. Please consult the adoption organization for details on a specific pet.

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