The Patterdale Terrier is an active working breed with a compact and balanced appearance. His small size and compressed chest can easily fit him into small holes underground to follow his prey.
The adult Patterdale Terrier’s weight is around 4–5 kilos (11–13 pounds). They grow up 30–38 centimetres (12–15 inches) tall.
The Patterdale Terrier dog breed has a robust and powerful wedge-shaped head. It is well-proportioned with the rest of the body. His eyes are set nicely apart, should match his coat colour, and show lively and alert expressions, which are typical of Terrier dogs.
Patterdale dogs have triangular ears that fold neatly above their head, and a black or brown nose. They boast of a well-muscled neck, shoulders, and chest.
The Patterdales sport a double coat that comes with a dense undercoat. The breed has 3 coat variations: smooth, broken, or rough.
Smooth-coated Patterdale dogs have an absence of waviness in their hair. Their fur is stiff and coarse. When lifted, it turns back to its place.
Rough-coated Patterdale dogs have longer hair that is coarse to the touch and can be slightly wavy. They also sport prominent eyebrows, a beard, and a moustache.
Broken-coated Patterdale dogs have medium-length hair. Compared to their smooth-coated counterparts, they have longer guard hair. Their guard hair can be wavy or wiry. The broken-coated variety may or may not possess face furnishings.
The Patterdale Terrier dog breed’s acceptable coat colours include black, red, grizzle, red/tan, chocolate, black and tan, and liver.
The Patterdale Terrier breed always has white paws. Some white markings can be found on his chest regardless of coat colour.
The Patterdale Terrier dog’s grooming regimen includes brushing his teeth at least twice a week and cleaning his ears weekly. Don’t forget to trim his nails at least once a month too.
During the grooming process, it also pays to be on the lookout for lesions, fleas, and ticks or signs of infection.
Do Patterdale Terriers shed?
Yes, Patterdale Terriers do shed like all kinds of dogs. They are moderate shedders that require little grooming. Since they have a short double coat that lies flat on their body, brushing their coat once a week will be enough to keep them clean and tangle-free.
However, Patterdale dogs’ fur needs to be hand-stripped at least twice a year, so it is best to hire a professional groomer to do this.
Are Patterdale Terriers hypoallergenic?
No, Patterdale Terriers are non-hypoallergenic dogs. They are not ideal canine companions for allergy sufferers.