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Patterdale Terrier Dog Breed Puppy Ads
AKA: Black Fell Terrier
Breed Group: Terrier Group Height Male: 12 inches (30 cm.)
Breed Size: Small Height Female: 12 inches (30 cm.)
Breed Origin: England Weight: 11-13 pounds (5-6 kg.)
The Patterdale Terrier, sometimes called the "Black Fell Terrier," has a short, coarse, broken coat or wire coat that comes in red, brown, black & tan, or black. The face is thickset and the eyes are inquisitive. The widely spaced ears are set high and hang in v-shaped folds. The well-built body is thicker than most any terrier; it resembles that of a Bull Terrier. The legs are solid, with medium-sized feet and sable pads.

The Patterdale Terrier is a laid back terrier, not as yappy as some other terriers. It enjoys "curling up at the heating duct" in the house. Although the Patterdale Terrier's small size could qualify him as a toy dog, his abilities and gameness deems him as a solid terrier; his determination and toughness demand his inclusion in the mastiff group. They are game and tough when hunting. Hunters often take three or four dogs with them on an outing. The Patterdale Terrier is a good watchdog. This is not a dog for the non-terrier fan or the faint-hearted.

The Patterdale Terrier is a robust, independent hunter bred solely for functional services as a ratter and hunting companion. Its Bull Terrier bloodlines make it too fierce to work as a hunter with pack hounds. They are particularly hard and persistent. Many Foxhound owners would not thank you for attempting to bolt his fox with a hard bitten Patterdale, for the dog is more likely to get hold and have a go, possibly kill the fox rather then allow him to bolt, thus spoiling the hunt with the hounds. It is an excellent digger, intently willing to encounter and attack any mammal that has gone to ground.

At one time, different strains of Terrier existed in each isolated village in the north of England. Breeding to Kennel Club standards reduced this great variety, but some remote region's unrecognized breeds continued to flourish. The Patterdale is one of these breeds. Virtually unknown outside Great Britain, this breed is generally found in Great Britain's Lake District and in Yorkshire. The name Patterdale was chosen after the village in Cumbria, where the dogs were common. Used as a rat, fox, and rabbit hunter, the Patterdale Terrier is not bred for appearance, but rather for its working ability. One breeder says that show conformation is so trivial that, were it the case, a dog could work better with two heads, "we would select immediately for that trait." The Patterdale was first brought to the USA in 1978. In the USA the dogs hunt anything with fur from woodchuck (groundhog), fox, raccoon and even badger. An American Patterdale suitably named "Rocky," a flyweight at 13 pounds, recently drew a 34 pound (16 kg.) badger!
This small game hunter is a working dog and needs a lot of exercise. They need to be taken on a daily, brisk, long walk or jog. Exercise and a hardy stock of prey is the recommended way to satisfy his hunting cravings. They are inactive indoors but a bundle of energy outdoors. They love to run and will enjoy going hiking with you.
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Patterdale Terrier

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