Patterdale Terrier (Fell Terrier)

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
The Patterdale Terrier, sometimes called the "Black Fell Terrier," is not as high energy as some other terriers, but don't be fooled, he is still a lively fellow. This dog was originally bred for hunting or ratting so he still possesses those instincts, which makes him not for the average family.

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The Patterdale Terrier is a hunting companion so does not do well with smaller animals. If you are not looking for a challenging breed that will chase at the sight of any mammal, this breed is not for you. He loves to dig and will go after anything that moves.

Does your Patterdale Terrier (Fell Terrier) bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Willing to please, loyal, and intelligent, the Patterdale Terrier has a strong hunting instinct that regularly leads him off. This breed should always be kept on a lead or a fenced in area, as he can be difficult to catch when he gets going. Very independent, yet can be loving.
As this breed has such a short coat, minimal grooming is needed to keep the Patterdale Terrier in tiptop shape. Brushing with a firm bristle or rubber brush will remove excess hair. This breed does love to dig so be sure to clean his feet before coming inside.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
The Patterdale Terrier, usually seen in black, has a short and broken coat. The coat should always remain coarse. There is also the wire variety.
The Patterdale Terrier can be very difficult to train. He has a very short attention span and if given the opportunity, will bolt at the first sign of movement. A firm and experienced handler is a must if this breed is to become properly trained. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Patterdale Terrier (Fell Terrier) puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
The Patterdale Terrier requires regular exercise, and should not remain without a fenced yard. If left in a yard unsupervised, he can dig underneath the fence. The fence should be firm in the ground, and high enough so he cannot jump it to find game. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
11-13 lbs
12 inches
Usually black, however other colors include red; liver (with a red nose); grizzle, black & tan; bronze



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Patterdale Terrier (Fell Terrier) Questions

Are Patterdale Terriers hypoallergenic and do they have dander?

Every animal has dander. The Patterdale Terrier is not considered a hypoallergenic breed of dog.

What is the most common cross breed in a Patterdale Terrier?

I would say the most common dog crossed with a Patterdale Terrier appears to be a Jack Russell Terrier.

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I would like to know if the Patterdale Terrier moults?

Yes Patterdale Terriers do moult, but you can keep them groomed by brushing them regularly with a dog brush which keeps cleaning up hairs to a minimum.

Hi, I was watching Victoria Stilwell's "It's me or the dog", and it said that Patterdale Terriers can be a pain, is that true? Or are they good dogs?

Patterdale Terriers are very loving little dogs, you have to be firm with them and let them know who the boss is. Obedience classes are recommended. As the information above says they need to be in a garden where they cannot escape as they love to dig and jump gates and fences.

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