The dogs are very friendly, bold, and confident. Shyness is very atypical, as is aggressiveness when working. Intelligent and independent minded, especially when going after prey, they are quick to learn and easy to train.
They love sitting on a lap for a cuddle, however, they will require training and regular exercise to maintain their temperament and to occupy their minds.
To us the true value of the Patterdale Terrier is their temperament. They contain the best traits of a companion dog and working hunter without compromise.
Patterdale Terriers bond strongly with their owners, are intelligent, eager to please, easy to train, loyal, affectionate and naturally become part of the family if allowed. Early socialisation to people, dogs and livestock is key to bringing out the best in these dogs.
Patterdale Terriers are considered by many to be the “elite” of the go-to-ground hunting terrier breeds. They have a history that dates back over 80 years in the Lake Regions of Northern England were they are used to go-to-ground to bolt or kill ground dwelling vermin like fox.
The Patterdale Terrier is a working dog and needs to be treated as such. Some people have started keeping them strictly as companions dogs because they are quiet in the house and stay with you as you go through your daily routines. Patterdale Terriers love living as part of the family and are good with children but they should be supervised around small children as with all dogs. If given a choice they will leave the vicinity of a overly enthusiastic child but if backed in a corner they may nip.
The Patterdale Terrier is not a yappie house dog and makes an excellent watchdog. Patterdale Terriers are known to live peaceably with family cats if they are trained young and the relationship is enforced by the owner, but because they are natural hunters they should not be trusted with pets that could be mistaken for prey. If it runs and is furry instinct says it’s game.
We don’t recommend Patterdale Terriers for accommodation without a garden because of there need for exercise and activities that will engage their brains. Lack of activity and exercise are the number one reason for behavior problems with this breed.