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2 year old patterdale terrier
We have a Patterdale X rescue ( but looks Patterdale) we got him from Battersea at 15 weeks and he's nearly 3 now. I don't have small children and I'm not sure he would fit into that type of family as he can be a bit mad and has mouthy moments. He is terrible with anything small and furry or feathery ,catches pigeons and his ambition is to kill a cat. We have a rabbit and have had to dog proof his house. He is very smart and easy to train but I am very careful about where he goes off lead as he could easily get distracted and end up down a fox hole. He is a bit of a Velcro dog and follows me around all day and if I go upstairs he sits at the bottom waiting for me to come down. Mine gets at least 90 minutes exercise per day ,mostly off lead. He is very good about being left alone for a few hours. I think the thing to remember is that Patterdales are typical terriers with all the terrier traits .
Ah Patterdales. I could happily talk all day on the subject. I'm on my second Patterdale. First was a patterdale / Lakeland cross and current dog is all patterdale.
I agree with a lot of what Floralnomad has said. My youngest child was 6 when we had out first Patterdale. I'm not sure how good it would have been if my child had been much younger than that. Not that I think the dog would have harmed the child, but they can be quite boisterous. My first one wasn't mouthy at all, but the current one is.
Agree with comments about furred and feathered things, being smart and being Velcro dogs.
Both of mine have been unreliable off lead. The urge to chase is very strong.
IME they seem to calm down around 2-3 years old. My first dog was a real handful as a pup. he dug lots of holes in the garden and chewed the door frames. He ate the plaster off part of the kitchen wall one day when we were out for a few hours. He would mark his territory by peeing or pooping in houses that he visited. My name, BastardDog, comes from when we first had him and we used to be constantly muttering about the "bastard dog".
Our current dog is a rescue. We think he's about 2 and he is really good even though he doesn't seem to have been trained.
I love Patterdales for their personality. They are not boring dogs and they're very loyal. They'll always be my breed of preference.
Funnily my son calls ours the bastard hound !
I know 2 sets of people with Patterdales - they love them, but they are hard work. Def full on terriers.
One owner commented that you rarely see an elderly Patterdale as they are so fearless (i.e they usually end up dead through some mishap rather than old age). One of the ones I know has terrible recall and the other has to be closely watched around food - he will snaffle any food left lying around, including recently a kebab with wooden stick still in it (an expensive snack had it not been for pet insurance. )
Are you an experienced dog owner?
Forgot to say I also exercise my patterdale for one and a half to two hours a day, although in my case that's mainly on lead. That time reduced with my old patterdale and by the time he was 7+ he was happy with about 40 mins a day.
My old Patterdale fractured his nose so determined was he to retrieve a bit of sausage that had fallen between two paving slabs at a BBQ. He had a permenantly wonky nose after that.
I have a patterdale xborder terrier lovely family dog, loves everyone. Can be unpredictable with other dogs and take on anything, typical terrier really. Had him since dd was two. Would be cautious about that age tescue we have a rescue terrier too we call him bastard dog
Apparently I read somewhere that per head of dog type they are the most likely to get run over because of their habit of running out of open doors. you do need an entry and exit strategy if you have one. I think the bad recall is very common but in a lot of cases just needs better management ie finding suitable places to let them off ,I would never let mine off near any livestock ( chases everything). wildlife ( kills everything) or ponds ( birds). so it can be quite restrictive. I think they're ideally suited to live near the coast. Mine actually doesn't ever come back to me but I tell him down and he waits for me to get to him. I think its an independence issue. They are lovely around the house though and very loving. A lot of them aren't good with other dogs though as well.
Hmm, thanks for the comments.
We have three DC, youngest 4 1/2 but the size of a 6 year old, and also two cats. Dog has been around cats though, cats have limited experience with dogs, DC godmother brings her dog on visits and cats sit up a height glaring at it. Maybe not the wisest thing to get I'm.
Most rescue dogs around here are staffies and labs and I'm not keen on either. Would prefer a smallish breed.
I'm interested to read about the bad recall, my patterdale x NEVER comes back, little bastard thinks once he is off the lead then he can go just where the hell he likes. I've had dogs all my life, including a rescue rottie with issues and they have all had excellent recall, but this one, forget it, i have stopped letting him off the lead now apart from in the woods.
See that's the total opposite to me as woods are one of the places that mine would definitely not be let off as he'd find something to hunt and end up down a hole. On a field he's fine because he's so ball obsessed you can keep his attention.
I'm wondering if poor recall is just an all round terrier thing as I have a Border who pretty much pleases himself. He is ok unless he something catches his eye and he just takes flight. It would be a sight to behold as he looks fabulous in full flight but he is usually careering in an unstoppable frenzy towards dog or person unknown. I am pretty good at managing him but maybe once in every 25 encounters I am not quick enough . I find it easier in woods too as easier to see things before he does as he is usually nose to the floor or bunny hopping over fallen trees.
There are lots of terriers around my way and we have come across a few patterdales but they have all been workers. Seem like lovely energetic terrier though. Don't know if all are the same but the ones we have met have all been (covered in mud!) and very focused on the task in hand. A couple of owners have stopped to stroke my dog and their are far to busy ferreting in bushes to give us even a glance.
Mayflower Sanctuary is near Doncaster, Dogwatch are in West Midlands and have some lovely dogs on their website, Many Tears as mentioned, Second Chance Rescue in Derby, RSDR operate in Bulgaria but can bring to UK, SOS Animals UK in Spain, Desperate Greekies (they have an FB page but you have to join), also Action Aid for Animals work with a wide network of rescuers in Romania. Other people in the Doghouse have adopted from SOS Animals and Action Aid for Animals and have had positive experiences. Good luck in your search!