Patterdale Terrier rescue centres in the the UK

I always recommend that if you can rescue, you should. There are so many unwanted dogs in the UK needing homes, it just doesn’t make sense to breed more Patterdale when there are so many already available needing love. In today’s blog, I will be introducing you to some of the best Patterdale terrier rescue centres in the UK.

Are you the right owner for a Patterdale terrier rescue?

We rescued our Patterdale from the RSPCA — he had been taken out of a domestic abuse situation. I’m not gonna lie — it wasn’t easy especially at first, but it has been so rewarding.

It’s important when considering to adopt a rescue patter dale to ask the question ‘Am I the right owner for this breed?’ A Patterdale owner will need to be very active and willing to go on long dog walks. You will need to understand their inbuilt hunting instinct and keep doors and gates closed at all times to prevent them from escaping. They are a very intelligent breed and need mental stimulation and a training focused household.

Sometimes they can be good with children, but don’t leave any child and dog together alone and unattended. Patterdales are ideally adopted into households with no small pets such as mice and guinea pigs, due to their hunting instinct.

Where Should I get a Patterdale Terrier Rescue

If you you think that you have got it in you — adopt your Patterdale! I don’t recommend that you get your Patterdale from somewhere like Craigslist or Gumtree, it encourages inexperienced and uncaring people to breed them for money. These dogs often are not looked after properly, taken away from their mother too young or experience extensive health problems. Here are the best places to consider getting your rescue patterdale from…


The RSPCA have many Patterdale’s coming in, just look out for them on their website. If it is specifically a Patteradale rescue that you want to adopt, you can ring in advance and let them know and they will also keep an eye for one for you, especially if you are familiar with the breed. With the RSPCA you need to remember that some of these dogs have been badly abused, many of them beaten, and so they will be problematic in the beginning. However, once you build trust they will improve as time goes on and learn to love again.

Dogs Trust

I adopted my last Jack Russell terrier from the dogs trust and he was my world for 10 years. He never went off lead — maybe he was just too feisty and wan’t socialised as a young pup. But we had some amazing walks together! On the dogs trust website you can filter by breed and so you can find the specific breed that you are looking for. Here is a link to the Dogs trust searching for Patterdale terriers.

Patterdale Terrier Rescue Surrey

Based in Surrey, but operating all over the UK is the dedicated Patterdale rescue, with the motto ‘Passionate about Patterdales’ Oh yes, we are too! You can visit the their website to find the right dog for you. They write successs stories on their website too, and so you might want t read the stories of Ben, Gavin and Stella.

Further Reading

For further reading, you might be interested in learning about some of the common Patterdale terrier health problems.

Originally published at on April 26, 2020.

Hi I’m Amy — travel blogger, dog lover, digital marketer. I write mainly about Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Getting into drones!

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