Patterdale Terrier

General Appearance:

The Patterdale Terrier is a tough, active Terrier and should give a compact, well balanced image. Scars received while working will not be penalized and should be considered a badge of honor.


As a working Terrier, the Patterdale must be able to follow its quarry through small tunnels.


The back should be strong and level, with length in proportion to the dog’s height.


The legs should be straight, with good bone. The feet turning neither in nor out. The rear should have good angulations with the hocks turning neither in nor out.

Head, muzzle:

The head should give the impression of strength and be in proportion to the rest of the body, but not too large.


The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. A level bite is acceptable. Undershot or overshot is a fault.


Button ear, tight fold, with tips of ears meeting the skull.


The neck should be muscular, neither too long nor short.


The tail should be high on rump. It should not be carried over the back. If docked, no more than one quarter to be removed.


The coat may be smooth or rough. Both types should be dense and course.


Colors include black, red, chocolate, black and tan, grizzly mixed in, but not brindle.

Height and Weight:

Height may range from 11 to 14 inches. Weight should be between 12 to 18 pounds, depending on dog’s height. You should be able to feel the ribs, but not see them.


Unilateral of bilateral cry orchid, shyness or viciousness.

Patterdale Terrier
Patterdale Terrier