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My little Patterdale Terrier is cute, fun loving and great company and he loves to DIG!!  Wouldn't swap him for anything though!

I have an 8 month old patterdale bitch, she is adorable, loving and fun. My problem is her overwhelming urge to eat poo and dead animals. She will eat dog, horse, bird, rabbit and cat poo. Dead birds, rabbits and voles she will feast upon. Does anyone have any ideas that would make her stop? Not only does it make me feel ill god knows what it will do to her stomach.
Pat comments: Hi Ellie.  Why not post on the forum and see if anyone has any suggestions. Jamie and Sasha love disgusting things to eat and we have to be very vigilant to stop them wolfing down dog pooh and chicken pooh etc.  It's a doggy thing I'm afraid.   We keep an eye on them when they're on the lead and running free but you can't always stop them.  I did consider muzzles but I think they'd hate them so much it wouldn't be worthwhile.

Just adopted a three year old Patterdale cross from a rescue home. She is lovely indoors but horrendous outdoors. We have started obedience training but I am afraid we will never be able to let her off the lead. She is interested in other dogs but has never growled or barked but when put with another little terrier at the training centre they went straight for each other. Can she be rehabilitated and how do you stop them excavating to Australia in your garden?
Pat comments: Don't forget that your little dog was in an unusual situation at the training class and had probably never been anywhere like it before.  It may have been a defensive reaction to another dog or maybe the other dog was a bit aggressive.   It does take some time for a dog to get used to a new home and at least your patterdale cross is lovely indoors.  That's a great start.  Now she has to go on a steep learning curve and it could take some time to turn her into a well behaved little terrier.  What tends to happen is that they learn quickly at first and then you may see no improvement for some time.  However, your little girl is still settling down and she needs a lot of time and a lot of patient training but if you persevere you will be well rewarded in the end.  I think the digging is a terrier thing and it may be difficult to discourage.  You did want to go to Australia didn't you?

I wanted a dog that was old enough to have some control, but young enough to be fun, and at the age of 10 years old, I got Abby. Her attitude is perfect, although she had not spent any time at dog parks, she was willing and ready to go after a quick introduction. No one can believe her age - she will be 12 in a week - I would say these dogs need attention, but not the bad type - Abby does fine home alone and loves to be around people (she was a yearly sponsor dog for a local organization) - she travels with me a lot and just loves all people (the delivery men are in love with her). These dogs are curious - she loves to smell around and check things first - but she is very smart and extremely loyal - I would certainly consider getting a Patterdale again (as she sits on my lap while I write this e-mail).

My patterdale (Murphy)tterdale "puppy" for two and a half years now. Her name is Minnow Mae as I am an avid fisherwoman from the South (also, her mother's name is Crickett!). I call her a puppy still because this little breed never loses its puppy personality. She is pretty hyper but will quiet when told. She even sits and watches television if there is some sort of animal on the screen! These terriers are amazingly loyal and intelligent. But HEADSTRONG if allowed an inch! She doesn't miss a single trick. If you are thinking about letting one of these little delights into your life, you will never be disappointed! had my little patterdale "puppy" for two and a half years now. Her name is Minnow Mae as I am an avid fisherwoman from the South (also, her mother's name is Crickett!). I call her a puppy still because this little breed never loses its puppy personality. She is pretty hyper but will quiet when told. She even sits and watches television if there is some sort of animal on the screen! These terriers are amazingly loyal and intelligent. But HEADSTRONG if allowed an inch! She doesn't miss a single trick. If you are thinking about letting one of these little delights into your life, you will never be disappointed! wks old & is a fantastic dog. He is really good with my 2 young children. He was quick at being house trained too. I think we made the right choice in breeds as we did lots of reading up on dogs. Anyone thinking of getting a dog a patterdale is a good choice. He is very loyal & loving .

Sarah (Ruby's owner):
I have just got an 8 week old patterdale terrier Ruby. She is the most loving dog I've ever had alough she is a handful. She is great with my 3yr old son, she is wild and loves nothung more than running round after my son. Patterdale terriers are so crazy but in a good way I wouldn't have her any other way. I would say to anyone thinking of getting a pup, go for a patterdale they're the best!!!

Alison (mum to Buster):
I got Buster when he was 6wks old. I went with my parents to pick their pup and ended up coming home with Buster. He is a lovely lively dog with a big personality. He is very affectionate and loves cuddles and kisses. I have 2 kids and three other dogs who all get along realy well I dont think you could find a better breed to have as a family pet. My mum and dad now have 2 patterdales (Paddy and Oscar) who are fantastic and loving as well and we all have a fantastic time going for walks together with these lively little chaps.

I have just got a 9 week old patterdale terrier and he is the most sweetest thing but I don't know how to go about potty training him and training him to sit? At night as he is teething we leave him in the kitchen, but he pines all night for us and my kids get really upset. Would he stop whining? Also we have got a cat and all he wants to do is play with it but the cat hates it. What should I do to tell him to leave the cat alone?
Pat comments: Hello Rose.  Your little puppy needs something to help him with his teething.  I would go along to a pet shop and see if they have a few toys that he can chew on safely.  Some people are quite happy to have their dogs sleeping with them in the bedroom while others wouldn't dream of it.  I have always had a dog in the bedroom ever since I was a small child and I feel that a dog should sleep with its pack.  The only problem that I've had is that Jamie could have a tendency to be aggressive if we were to let him run riot everywhere so although he's allowed in the bedroom to sleep he isn't allowed to sleep with us on the bed.  I would suggest that if you have your patterdale puppy in the bedroom he should have his own little bed and his toys to chew.  No doubt dog trainers everywhere will be shaking their heads and saying no to this but I've found that you can happily give a dog as many privileges as you like. However, if the dog starts to become a bit naughty then you need to reinforce his position in the household by taking some of them away.  Can I suggest that you join our forum as there are other people on their who know all about patterdales and would love to discuss them.     

We have recently bought a 6 week old patterdale. He is very playful and active and loves to attack things. That aside he is the perfect pet for our family, even with the younger children. We love him to bits.

I have just got a 10 week old patterdale and wow he is very lively!!! Having 4 children, 1 being 9 months old I have my hands full and I am a little concerned as the puppy is nipping quite a lot!! When he gets hold of things he just wont let go and that includes little fingers!! Have you any suggestions on how I can stop him from doing this please?
Pat comments: What would happen in the litter is that the puppy's brothers and sisters would squeal and stop playing if they were bitten too hard.  This lets the pup know that he's gone too far and that the game stops if he's too rough.  What most people suggest for this is that you squeal and stop the game when the puppy nips, however this is difficult if he's doing the terrier thing and hanging on.  I think you need to go to puppy classes so that a trainer can have a look at the pup and his behaviour and advise as to the best course of action for you.  The local vets usually have details of classes like this or you mind find something advertised in the paper or Yellow Pages.  Alternatively, you can always join our forum and ask the other patterdale owners what they think.

e just picked up our pup he's only 9 weeks old and already I'm smitten he is great and I cant wait to get out for some long walks with him, he will be the first small dog I've had my last being an airedale but I can see more fun in the little one and love the way I can scoop him up stick him in my camper van and explore! (small dog big heart)

we have had our patterdale jackie x(roscoe) for 4 years. We had him as a 13 week old pup. He loves really long walks and playing all day. He is loving when he is tired at night and gets on with the cat (only thing is he thinks he is one) climbing on the back of the sofa and using his paws to fight/play with the cat. He doesn't always get on with other dogs, he seems to prefer bigger ones like some on here we wont let him of the lead as he would disappear down a rabbit hole.

Patterdales are loop the loop but in such a great way!!! We got our bitch Gypsy as a 13wk old pup, within a few days she was already boss of our Rottie. She is a feisty little minx but so cuddly and sweet natured. She regularly does 'wall of death' around the backs of the chairs in the sitting room then she'll just switch off and curl up for cuddles. Within 6 months of getting her we heard of a 2yo Patterdale dog looking for a home so we ended up with 'Will' too, he was quite unsocialised when we got him, he also looked like a bog brush as he'd never been stripped! He didn't know how to play or be cuddled, he was quite shy, we've now had him a year and he loves playing with the others dogs now and has become very cuddly too. We are so glad we chose Patterdales they really are such good fun!! We have just had our first litter from the pair of them, she's surprised us by having 7 little bundles of trouble!!! I will put a post on the forum if anyone is interested in Pups or Will as a stud dog.

Tina C:
I got Scamp about 3months ago and it was the best thing we ever done. She is so loving and always ready for cuddles. She also has a lot of energy and never seems to get tired. she is great with children even very young kids. she is quite good with other dogs although she does have a huge problem with other bitches. She was bought as a working dog but her previous owner never had enough time for her. I thought that coming from that background into a house from a kennel, that she would not adjust but she has settled in great with only a few accidents lol. She is a shining example of her breed and would recommend them to anyone.

We got Meg as we have a small open plan house so did not want a puppy, on contacting the breeder he had a 1year old, Meg- "Will she be alright on a boat?" we asked "they are very hardie" was the reply -There was not a moment's thought. She jumped straight onto the deck and whilst out sailing- with a lifejacket on, she would look around to see if any land- if not ,she would just get back into a corner again. The dingy was not a problem either ,and never a moment of sickness unlike our last dog who hated every minute of it. (Fox Terrier) She is so full of fun and ready for anything but when nothing is going on she will rest. A wonderful nature always ready for the off. But loves lots of cuddles.

Helen (Patterdale Jack Russell cross):
I got my Patterdale cross (Jack Russell) in Oct 05, Poppy is the absolute light of our lives, we couldn't have asked for a more loving, fun, energetic dog! She was easy to housetrain and is quite obedient in the home, however, outside is another issue! She does pull on the lead and I am not confident at letting her off (unless we take the football which she loves). She loves to come on very long walks and never seems to tire. I have never known a dog be so friendly with everyone she meets, both human and canine, she never ever barks (not sure if that is typical of the breed?) and has never snapped or shown any aggression at all. We are currently looking to get another 'patterjack' or similar, so if anyone knows of any litters please reply!

Jill (In reply to Helen):
 Hi Helen - if you are still looking for a Patterdale X Jack Russell (Patterjack) I know of a fabulous litter in North Yorkshire, near Malton, just off the A1 - they are on a farm and kept and bred by the most lovely family and their dogs and puppies are a credit to them. The owner of the Patterdale dog and Jack Russell terrier bitch is Sandra - The puppies are 150. (Pat comments: If you are genuinely interested in a puppy please email Pat for contact details)


Sam (Patterdale cross):
We adopted Paddy-joe from the Dogs Trust in Kenilworth. He was brought in as a stray so we didn't know a lot about him. He is around 2 years old and has turned out to be a wonderful family pet. ( A little excited but we love him to pieces ). I would just like to know what breed he is crossed with because he looks very like a Patterdale as with regards to stance, colour and features apart from his coat which is longer than the pictures displayed on websites. If anybody reads this and comes up with any suggestions, I would be grateful.
Pat: Please can you email a picture of Paddy-joe and we'll see what people think?

Does anyone have any experience of whether a Patterdale would be ok on it's own during the daytime whilst I am at work?   I do intend to employ a dog walker and am very active myself but can anyone give me any insight into how a Patterdale would fare with such an arrangement?  Thank you.
Pat: I didn't think we could leave a border collie until we found Sasha.  She does have Jamie for company while we're out and we do only work for five hours a day.  I have to keep her occupied with a training session at least once a day and this seems to tire her more than a walk.  Why not join our forum and start a new topic on this subject?
Beth comments:
Hi, in response to Fi, who wondered if it would be OK to leave her Patterdale home alone while she was at work? I got an 18 month old Patterdale back in April and she has been left alone while I am at work. I always make sure she has lots of toys to play with, and occasionally hide treats in places where she will have to work to find them and she is absolutely fine! I did worry as she used to live on a farm and there were always people around but, dogs are very adaptable and your little friend will soon become used to it. One warning though - be sure to put anything she could get hold of and damage - or that could damage her - out of reach - I was amazed at what she managed to get her paws on! It's also not pleasant to come home and find a brand new pack of toilet paper ripped into tiny shreds on your carpet!

Alan and Beverly:
We have had our bitch for two years now her name is [ BOO ]. We did have two border collies , blood brothers sadly one died with cancer. The other collie was missing his brother so much he went down hill fast . Our vet told us we had to do one of two things, so we got BOO that was the best thing that could of happened. BOO has turned a ten year old collie into a ten month old pup, great with grand kids will have more as time goes on that's for sure..

Our Patterdale is 2 years old and still behaves like a puppy! Daisy, is really clever and never ceases to amaze me at her obedience, wit and charm. She is a handful and likes to be the center of attention, but we all do our bit to keep her fit and entertained. I have always had Jack Russell terriers previously and thought they were busy, however Daisy makes up for all of them at times. She does like to run free and does not particularly like the lead too long, she is very sociable with dogs and especially loves kids.

Hi,just wondered if there is anyone who would give a loving home to my lovely little 10 month old patterdale -Marley. He is great with children, other dogs and animals! but sadly due to work he needs to go to someone with a lot of time! He is FULL of energy and would def be best on a farm! I live in Norfolk so if anyone can help email me.
Pat: If you are genuinely interested in giving a home to this dog and would like to ring Emma please email me for her telephone number. 

We have just lost our 12 year old black fell , Jess, and how our house is empty without her. She was a brilliant little dog, good natured with a comical streak, liked to have the last word. She never ailed until the month prior to her death and we all miss her despite having 2 other dogs in the family. She was a star. We would not hesitate to have another of these super little dogs

I have just been given a patterdale terrier dog called Charlie. to go from having German Shepherds to this tiny dog is a big different, but I think he makes a better pet. He is full of enthusiasm and has to be around you all the time. Charlie has a tendency to creep up to Dontay (our German Shepherd) and pounce on him. The other thing he loves to do is wait until the middle of the night, creep up on you and cough or sneeze in your face! NICE!!! I wouldn't swap him for the world, I dont think I would like to have another breed of dog now I have got Charlie!

Jean Lucy Thompson:
Bought my Patterdale puppy Gypsy only a few days ago and already I've found what a clever pup she is. I've always had German Shepherds but after my hubby passed I thought I would buy a Patterdale being a much smaller dog and easier to handle (so far hahahha) She's very feisty and barks at me if she wants to come up on the sofa. She also climbs along the top of the sofa and likes to sit on my shoulder like parrot Just what have I let myself in for I wonder? Well joking aside I'm really looking forward to being able to take her off for walks in the lovely countryside here. Wish me luck (smile)

Rolfe (Patterjack):
We got Izzy 9 months ago, after having a great kerry blue boy for 12 years we thought we were prepared for anything: wrong!! Izzy is a small ginger tornado who is absolutely lovely, she is extremely affectionate and great fun. She loves other dogs and people, and is trying her best to bully our jack russell fox terrier cross bitch, luckily she is a great 'mother figure' for Izzy. Wouldn't be without her!

Maddison Lillie is a star. Dhe makes me smile every time I see her. She has the sweetest face and has never lost her puppy like charms, even though she has just had a litter of her own. We are keeping one and it was very hard to choose as they are all so lovely, but Lola is the one for us and my love for patterdales just keeps growing. Its like the character of a jack russell mixed with the affection of a golden retriever and something extra thrown in .

I love the patterdale terrier dogs adopted one from the cat and dog home.

Bruce and Judy Higgs from South Staffs (Patterdale short coat, Brown):
A nice little dog, with a lot of spirit, also very good with children and other people. Very tactile, some can be a little aggressive, but ours, Bertie is very good.

Hi, We have just had a litter of patterdale pups born yesterday. One of the little darlings has what appears to be white markings on his nose as well as the usual white chest blaze. Is this usual? Kind Regards.
Pat comments: I understand that the breed sometimes has white chest markings and white feet but I haven't heard of white nose markings.  Perhaps someone reading this will send in their comments.

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