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Patterdale Terrier

Patterdale Terrier

Patterdale Terrier Characteristics: The genial and fearless Patterdale Terrier is a breed of small dog classified as a member of the Terrier Dog Group (Rare Breed).

The Patterdale Terrier, is characterized by its tough, sturdy appearance with a compact, agile body and alert expression.

Other characteristics include dark, medium sized, wide set eyes; small, triangular shaped, folding ears; a strong, high set tail and an effortless, powerful gait. The temperament of the Patterdale Terrier can be described as Inquisitive, Bold and Friendly. The coat type of the Patterdale Terrier is described as varied coat (smooth or broken) in assorted colors. 

Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Patterdale Terrier demonstrated the desired traits of a Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name the "Fell Terrier". The origin of the Patterdale Terrier dog breed was in United Kingdom (England) where it was developed in the late 1800's.

Patterdale Terrier Breed Group and Dog Type - Terrier Dog Group (Rare Breed): The Patterdale Terrier is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Terrier Dog Group (Rare Breed).

Other names for the Patterdale Terrier: The Patterdale Terrier is known by the nickname of the "Fell Terrier". Other names for this breed of dog include the Black Fell Terrier. The "Fell Terrier" nickname refers to hilly country in the Lake District of northern England

Origin of the name: The name Patterdale, a shortened version of the full name "Saint Patrick's Dale" is a small village in the Ullswater Valley in the eastern part of the English Lake District (known as the Fell country) in Cumbria. The origin of the word 'terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'terra' meaning "earth" as so many of the terrier breeds were originally bred and trained as hunting dogs to pursue their prey, such as rats, foxes, squirrels and badgers into their burrows and bolt holes.

Patterdale Terrier History and Origin: The country of origin of the Patterdale Terrier breed was in the United Kingdom (England) during the late 1800's.

Many of the isolated valleys and communities in the Lake District bred their own terrier, the most famous in the region being the Lakeland Terrier. These dogs were referred to as the "Fell Terriers" (a 'Fell' is the name given to high land in northwest England). The village of Patterdale was a mountain parish, a harsh environment that was unsuitable for arable farming and too hilly for cattle.

Patterdale relied on sheep farming and the Patterdale Terrier was bred to keep down the number of foxes that attacked the sheep. The Fell foxes inhabited rocky dens and the Patterdale Terrier needed to be hardy enough to be able to bolt the fox from the rocky crevices. Joe Bowman, the Master of the Ullswater hunt, is credited as the breed originator. The tough and tenacious Patterdale Terrier has two coat types: smooth and broken.

Patterdale Terrier Modern History: The Patterdale Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995 but, as yet, the breed remains unrecognized by the American Kennel Club.

Patterdale Terrier Height: The Patterdale Terrier breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 12 -15 inches. The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.

Patterdale Terrier Weight: The weight of this small sized dog, in a male dog is 14 - 20 pounds. The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.

Patterdale Terrier Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The coat type is described as varied coat (smooth or broken).

Patterdale Terrier Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Black, Red, Blue & Tan, Chocolate and Black & Tan. N.B. The term "Red" refers to reddish shades of orange, brown, and tan colors. The word 'Blue' is used to describe a cool-toned, metallic gray color.

Patterdale Terrier Grooming - MODERATE Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of Patterdale Terriers is not extensive and therefore categorized as Moderate in order to maintain a healthy coat, reducing the risk of skin infections. The modest grooming needs of Patterdale Terriers is considered to be mid-maintenance requiring weekly brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the teeth, eyes, nails and ears.

Patterdale Terrier Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 5-8 puppies. Patterdale Terrier puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Patterdale Terrier puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Patterdale Terrier Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Genial, Inquisitive, Bold, Friendly and Fearless.

Patterdale Terrier Exercise Requirements - LOW Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is low. Patterdale Terriers require regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes to one hour every day. This small dog has an effortless, powerful gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by a Patterdale to keep up with your normal walking pace.

Patterdale Terrier Diet: A fully grown Patterdale Terrier should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Patterdale Terrier Health Problems: Potential health problems of Patterdale Terriers have shown no recurring problems. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Patterdale Terrier dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Patterdale Terrier Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Patterdale Terrier breed is 15 - 17 years.

Patterdale Terrier Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Patterdale Terrier breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Patterdale Terrier names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Apollo *** Levi *** Aspen *** Kenzi *** Frankie *** Ripley *** Frisco *** Dare *** Ollie *** Dash.

Patterdale Terrier Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Patterdale Terrier names are Salsa *** Kyra *** Lacie *** Tease *** Spring *** Lark *** Tori *** Summer *** Tally *** Scarlett.

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