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any tough little terriers originated in northern England, a reflection of the inhospitable land and climate. The Patterdale Terrier (or Black Fell Terrier) was developed to hunt ground-dwelling vermin—foxes in England but often raccoons and badgers in the U.S.—and is a tough, courageous little dog.

This compact, well-balanced terrier stands 10 to 13 inches tall and weighs 10 to 11 pounds. Her head is strong, her ears are button and tight, and two hands should be able to span her chest. The tail is carried high, and, if docked, no more than one-fourth of the tail should be removed. The coat may be smooth or rough, but either coat should be dense and coarse. Acceptable colors include red, chocolate, black, and black and tan.

The coat needs weekly brushing. The rough terrier coat may need hand-stripping. Potential owners should discuss this with a breeder prior to buying a dog.

Breed expert Robert Burns says, "The Patterdale Terrier is not a black Jack Russell Terrier and should not be confused with one. This breed is laid back in the house and not yappish. However, it has a tendency to hunt on its own and is absolutely fearless." The breed needs daily exercise, including long walks, and this exercise should be on leash or within a fenced yard.

Burns says that the breed is receptive to training and is very social with people. These dogs have a desire to work and, when they are motivated to train, will enjoy it. They have participated in terrier go-to-ground trials, enjoy agility training, and do well in tracking. A Patterdale who doesn't get enough exercise and who doesn't have a job to do (or regular training sessions) will get into trouble.

This breed needs an owner who understands terriers, especially a terrier with strong hunting instincts. Burns says the breed is fine with children over about 7 years of age but does not recommend the breed for younger kids. Patterdales are usually good with other dogs. This is generally a healthy breed.

Breed in Brief

Registries: UKC Occupation: Vermin hunter Size: 10 to 13 in tall; 10 to 11 lbs

Longevity: 13 to 15 years Exercise: Moderate Training: Moderate Grooming: Easy to moderate


his is a very old breed known to have been in existence during the Tang Dynasty in China in the 8th century. These small dogs (also called lion dogs or sun dogs) were sacred, and were kept and bred only by the imperial family. When the British looted the Imperial Palace in 1860, several dogs were stolen and taken back to England.

These toy-breed dogs stand 8 to 9 inches tall and weigh 8 to 14 pounds. The head is broad and flat, with wide-set eyes, a broad, short muzzle, and dropped ears. The body is heavier in the forequarters and lighter in the rear. The tail is carried over the back. There is a soft, thick undercoat and a profuse outer coat that stands out from the body. All colors are acceptable.

The coat requires considerable grooming, at least twice a week, but additional grooming is needed when the dog is shedding. The coat will tangle and mat if not brushed thoroughly. Pet owners often have the coat trimmed short for cleanliness and ease of care.

Although puppies are playful, the adult Pekingese is a calm dog. She enjoys walks but has not been bred to be an athlete and will prefer casual walks to brisk ones.

The Pekingese was never a working dog; she was a watchful companion. As a result, training this breed can be a challenge. She is dignified, independent, and amazingly stubborn. When training her, owners must be consistent and very patient. The Peke is aloof with strangers, so early socialization is important. Housetraining can sometimes be a problem.

Potential owners should understand that a Pekingese does not worship her owners as so many breeds do; in fact, the Peke thinks she should be worshipped. She does not always get along with children and will not tolerate rough play. She is not necessarily good with other dogs, either, although she is usually fine with cats. Health concerns include a sensitivity to anesthesia, breathing problems in hot, humid weather, disc disease, and eye problems.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Companion Size: 8 to 9 in tall; 8 to 14 lbs Longevity: 10 to 12 years Exercise: Low activity level Training: Difficult Grooming: Difficult

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  • leevi
    Do patterdale terriers have erect ears?
    6 years ago

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