Red Patterdale Terrier

Amy Trumpeter
3 min readAug 17, 2020
Red Patterdale Terrier

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The Patterdale Terrier is a bold, tenacious dog with a stout and stocky body. They are able to work easily across hilly terrain and in heavy vegetation. The red Patterdale terrier has a distinctive red-looking coat and is rarer than black and brown pups.

Red Patterdale Terrier — Breeding and Origins

The Patterdale Terrier was bred in the late 1950’s from black fell terriers in the Patterdale area of Northern England. Bred to be working terriers, they were used to flush out animals such as foxes which are seen as predatory animals for farm livestock like sheep and poultry. Due to the nature of their work, they needed to have a build that would allow them to enter tight burrows or work in dense undergrowth.

Red Patterdale Coats

You can get red Patterdale terriers in all types of coat: Smooth, Broken or Rough. Smooth coats are generally short and stiff. The hairs will lie neatly and quickly back in place after being lifted. Smooth coated Patterdales do not have longer facial hairs, nor does their coat show any waves.

Broken coated Patterdales have longer guard hairs and the overall coat is coarse and dense. There may be some longer hairs around the chin, eyes and ears and the hairs can be straight or wavy. Rough coats are longer and wiry, rather than smooth like other coats. Patterdales with rough coats will also have longer hair around their face.

Patterdale Terrier Coat Colours

Since the Patterdale Terrier breed originated from the black fell terrier, approximately 95% of Patterdales are black or black with some white markings. However, there are other coat colour possibilities. Chocolate, black and tan and red are also seen in Patterdale pups. Of these, red or shades of red, seem to be the least common.

Amy Trumpeter

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