Welcome to the World of the
Patterdale Terrier .
The Patterdale or Old English Blacks are I believe the
ultimate terrier around today. Temperament, courage,
intelligence and stamp of type combined with the quiet
self - confident, no -nonsense attitude making them supreme.
Because of the distance from where they originate, the true
to-type working Patterdales are few here in Australia.
So it should be our intention to keep and protect the breed
from owners that wish to procure a pup for the sole purpose
of breeding to cur dogs and terriers of poor lineage.
The Patterdale is a terrier with a very high prey drive
combined with a no quit attitude, traits that were crafted into certain working lines to give the Fell terrier its reputation as
the ultimate weapon in the control of the fox and in days gone
by, the badger. It is these characteristics that our terriers
possess making these terriers unsuitable for pets or for
owners who wish to have one for the purpose of showing.
If it was your intention for wanting to own a Patterdale
terrier for either of these pursuits, STOP and rethink
your situation and the reasons you want it for.
I will do my best to establish whether a pup will be
going to a working home. Although I have pre warned buyers
that the patterdale is not meant for showing or a pet situation.
With the Patterdale comes much responsibility.
To own one and not have it for the purpose it was bred for
will result in frustration for the owner and disaster for the
terrier as it struggles to fit into a pampered lifestyle.
The Patterdale possesses a very high prey drive and should
not be kept in a backyard situation unsupervised.
They will do their best to escape and seek out vulnerable
animals that they deem to be vermin, and if this is your
neighbours cat or pet rabbit / guinnea pigs, you will have
not only a ruined friendship but a decent vet bill to match.
If it is your wish to own a terrier in this situation then
maybe consider something softer such as the Jack
Russell or a Patterjack ( Patterdale x Jack Russell).
There are people breeding these crossbreds and
advertising them as pure patterdales. They are smaller
and resemble a Jack Russell and are more suited to a
life in suburbia as companions or family pets.
If the true Patterdale terrier is allowed to go to
owners wishing to do any of these things it will
inevitably lead to the demise of the breed. !