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Skarossinkplunger Sun 29-Apr-18 13:44:22

In 2 weeks our new puppy will arrive. She’s a Patterdale and while we’re experienced dog owners we’ve never had this breed before. I was wondering if anyone has any breed specific advice?

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welshsoph Sun 29-Apr-18 13:52:14

Congratulations on your new puppy!
I have a border terrier which I think has a similar temperament to patterdales. I’d advise to make your garden as secure as possible as some terriers are prone to digging/escaping.
Also start recall training as soon as possible. Terriers are such strong willed dogs (mine also has selective hearing) but he has excellent recall that has saved us a lot of bother e.g if he’s off his lead and goes towards another dog/person, it just takes one word from me to get him back so I can put his lead on

TheTempest Sun 29-Apr-18 13:52:58

I have a Patterdale terrier. They are very high energy and need a lot of training. You need to socialise with other dogs, bikes, cars, tractors, horses, motorbikes basically everything every single day from tiny.

They need a lot of brain training as well as exercise and it needs to be ongoing. Every patterdale owner I know says they are fab in the house, very good at potty training, fantastic with kids but very high prey drive, recall iffy at best and prone to lead aggression.

I recommend getting proper professional weekly training and preparing for the craziest but most loving dog to their pack you’ve ever known.

Mine is 13 now we’ve had her 7 years. She’s nearly blind, mostly deaf, has doggy dementia, and is still the most fun but the hardest work of all my four dogs!

Moonflower12 Sun 29-Apr-18 13:55:19

My mum has a Patterdale. They are very loyal and bonded to their owner. My mums one guards her a lot! He can also jump a 4foot fence without needing a run up. So I second the pp who said you need to secure your garden. He also believes he is a big dog!

Skarossinkplunger Sun 29-Apr-18 13:58:01

Thanks TheTempest We chose a Patterdale because we needed something to keep up with our manic JRT cross. His recall is non-exisitant and he was really hard to train because he’s not bothered about treats. So we’re pretty much prepared for that. We’ve already enrolled in a puppy class.

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Tiggy321 Sun 29-Apr-18 14:21:34

We have a patterdale mix. He is gorgeous. High energy, needs lots of exercise. Digs and chases rabbits. Extremely lovable and loyal family pet. He's 5 almost but still behaves like a puppy.

iffyjiffybag Sun 29-Apr-18 14:28:29

They are excellent ratters, which may or may not be of use to you grin

Izzywigs Sun 29-Apr-18 15:11:12

We have a Patterdale X. Agree with all that has been said by others. We have an Easy-fit Harness as she is manic for jumping up at people, cars, butterflies, anything that she thinks is after her. The harness means she can still jump but not lunge.

She is great fun, but the strong prey drive means she is never off-lead or allowed near anything small and furry.

missbattenburg Sun 29-Apr-18 15:17:11

A Patterdale puppy?

Suddenly I feel very old and very tired and very glad I don't have to keep up with a Patt pup...

Best of luck, OP grin

RadioDorothy Sun 29-Apr-18 15:25:48

I have a 10 year old Patterdale. Very very clever, very very trainable, very very neurotic and prone to aggression! Non-stop energy and need for entertainment, our pat is a big commitment and a mental drain.

But in the rare moments that she settles down to being a pet and not a rat and bunny killing machine, she's just a heat seeking little velcro dog.

I have to say that as loving as she is with us, she is not good with strangers, children or dogs, despite having been socialised at an early age. We think this is partly due to a spinal injury she suffered at the age of 2 - she is on pain meds for it but is just grumpy.

Good luck and focus on that socialising! They are clever and hilarious, enjoy your puppy.

Skarossinkplunger Sun 29-Apr-18 15:34:22

Thanks everyone!

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olivetor7 Sun 29-Apr-18 15:43:22

A patterdale is a loyal, loving, free-spirit, a proper full-on Terrier, that loves to chase and kill anything that moves. They are bright and full of energy and character, and don’t generally care about pleasing their owner as they know their own mind. They are clever, tenacious and game. Wonderful companions although can be dominant and aggressive with other dogs, so you need to keep on top of that. They are definitely not for the novice owner but you are in a great position having experienced a JRT, so you should be fine. You must post photos when she arrive grin

welshsoph Sun 29-Apr-18 15:51:46

Yes, please do post photos!

User467 Sun 29-Apr-18 17:29:57

From my experience patterdales are very similar to JRTs so you should be in good position for its arrival. All I'd advise is when we went from one terrier to two, the "terrier" more than doubled as they were now a wee pack so you probably need to be prepared to do a fair amount of individual training.

ShmooBooMoo Sun 29-Apr-18 17:32:22

They are very bright, inquisitive and clever. They are also energetic. So, lots of interaction, playing with toys, don't leave alone too long and long walks and runs. Many seem to adore water!
They are great family dogs.

Tiggy321 Sun 29-Apr-18 19:29:25

Yep mine loves swimming! Can't keep him away from lakes, the sea etc. Swims for hours and is never tired!

Skarossinkplunger Sun 29-Apr-18 21:27:20

Thanks everyone for the advice. This was taken on Saturday when we went to see her

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olivetor7 Sun 29-Apr-18 21:36:10

Oh she’s adorable, she should make a great companion for your jrt - although they will probably be partners in crime grin

ShmooBooMoo Sun 29-Apr-18 23:41:16

She's a beauty! I'm sure she'll have you wrapped around her paw! smile

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