Black Fell Terrier, Fell Terrier
The Patterdale Terrier was originally kept as a working dog, used to bolt foxes that were vermin on farms, not for sport. Once the Patterdale made its way to the United States its prey expanded to hog, raccoon, badger and any other ground game.
Patterdale Terrier Standards
- UKC (Terrier)
- 10-17 lbs
- small terrier
- triangular, folded ears
- tail may be docked or left natural
- short coat may be smooth or broken
- black and tan
History of the Patterdale Terrier
At one time the two breeds known today as the Patterdale Terrier and Lakeland Terrier were known as the Fell Terrier, originating in the Lake District in northwest England. They were two separate types, but working dogs, not bred for the show ring. When the Lakeland Terrier became recognized in the early 1900s their differences grew. By the 1950s breeders Cyril Breay and Frank Buck had fixed the Black Fell Terrier, keeping the dog’s working roots. Eventually the name was changed to Patterdale, a city where they were common at the time.