Are you interested in a Patterdale X Staffy? It’s important to understand both of these breeds vefore you make your decision. A Patterdale Terrier crossed with a Staffordshire Bull terrier can be fiesty with a lot of energy! But they can actually make excellent family and companion dogs. Let’s take a look at each of these breeds.
Staffordshire Bull terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terriers were originally bred as fighting dogs in the 19th Century when blood sports, dog fights and Bull Baiting were popular.
Staffyr weight approximately 11–17kg and are around 30–40cm in height, with the females usually on the smaller side. Their body’s are muscular and stocky. Their faces have a broad muzzle often with pronounced cheek bones.
Unlike the Patterdale terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier is a Kennel Club registered breed. It was only pushed through in the 1930’s and was a challenge as they were originally bred as fighting dogs. Expect to pay around £1000 for a KC registered Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
It is a misconception that all Staffordshire bull terriers are aggressive — this is not the case. If socialised and trained well they make excellent family pets. In fact, they are one of the most popular breeds for pets in the UK. However, some may be aggressive or reactive towards other dogs and this is something that you need to be prepared for and time will be needed for training if that is the case.
The Patterdale Terrier
Patterdale terriers were bred in the Lake District in England, where they were used as hunting dogs. Originally Patterdales were used to hunt foxes and badgers. Now that fox hunting is illegal in England the working dogs here are usually ratters on farms.
Unlike Staffys, Patterdales are not a Kennel Club recognised breed. Many have their tails docked. However, in England they shouldn’t have docked tails unless they are working dogs and this has been done by a vet before the pup reaches 5 days old. If it is a pet Patterdale terrier he/she should have a full tail.
Patterdales are a very cute but energetic breed! They were bred and built for running through the hills of Cumbria. Therefore they need long walks — an hour or two a day, and they don’t do well being left alone. They are also very intelligent and need mental stimulation such as interactive dog puzzles to work their brains, especially if they are not being used as working dogs.
Patterdale X Staffy
So, the question is, what do you get with a Patterdale X Staffy? Well there won’t be too much difference in height as these two dogs are roughly the same heigh, But, the stocky characteristics of the Staffordshire Bull terrier mean that you will end up with a more muscular kind of Patterdale with a wider jaw.
Personality wise, both these dogs are loyal to their owners and make good pets and lapdogs if trained and exercised well. You will basically get a very active dog due to the Patterdale genes, which would mean it would need more exercise.
I met a Patterdale Terrier — Staffy Cross in the park last week and he looks like Blake, but with a wider head! He goes off lead and has good recall — this is a challenge for many purebred Patterdales. So it’s not proven, but the genes of another dog such as a Staffy may calm the dogs chase instinct a little!
The thing to remember is that both of these dogs need socialisation and training, and so if you do get a Patterdale X Staffy then make sure that you start this from a young age with a pup or as soon as possible after settling in with a rescue.
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