The Patterdale Terrier ( Black Fell Terrier)

The breed is arisen in 1800 in the north of England in a place named Patterdale in Cumberland.  

There are two types of coats

Example-photo "short hair"  Example-photo " rough hair"
Fips Anny ze Smolinky
possible color


black and tan (very rare)




chocolate red-nose



PTCA Breed Standard


The Patterdale Terrier is a tough, active terrier and should give a compact, well balanced image. Height should be between 10" to 13" measured at the shoulders. Weight should be proportionate, presenting neither a "weedy" or "clunky" image.

Scars received while working will not be penalized and should be considered a badge of honor. In conformation evaluation, with all things being equal "...a terrier with working scars should be given precedence over a terrier with none.


As a working terrier, the Patterdale must be able to follow it's quarry through small tunnels.

If the chest is too big, the terrier will not be able to complete it's job efficiently.

As a general rule, you should be able to "hand span" the terrier's chest with the fingers of both hands touching.


The back should be strong and level, with length in proportion to the dogs height.

If the back is too short the terrier may not be flexible enough to move around underground.


The legs should be straight, with good bone. The feet turning neither in or out.

The rear should have good angulation, with the hocks turning neither in or out.


The head should give the impression of strength and be in proportion to the rest of the body. Two types of head may be prevalent; a Bull terrier influence or a Lakeland terrier influence.

The muzzle should not appear snippy.


The teeth should meet in a scissors bite, however a level bite is acceptable.

Undershot or overshot is a fault, and should be considered in the working context.

Teeth lost or broken while working will not be penalized.


Button ear, with tight fold, and tips of ears meeting the skull at the corner of the eye.


The neck should be muscular and proportionate to the head and body.


The tail should be set high on rump. It should not be carried over the back.

If docked, no more than 1/4 should be removed. As an adult, approximately a "palm's width" is preferable, should provide a good "hand-hold".


The coat may be "Smooth" or "Rough".
Both types should be dense and coarse.


Colors include: Black, Red, Chocolate, or Black and Tan.

Chocolate-colored dogs may have a liver-colored nose.
(Officially called a "red" nose)

Some white on chest and feet is acceptable.


Height may range from 10 to 13 inches.
Weight should be proportionate to the terrier's height.

A very muscular dog will weigh more than it looks.

You should be able to feel the ribs, but not see them.


(1) Crypt orchid
(neutered dogs or spayed bitches are not prohibited from conformation, as it does not affect their ability to work).
(2) Shyness or viciousness

Terriers with these disqualifications should not be bred.




But I can say from experiences in the meantime that the dogs show deviations in appearances and size partly depending on cultivation direction  and cultivation aim.

The reason: The dogs are neither breed for shows nor for beauty but on hunting suitability. This is presumably also the reason why, till now, they weren't appreciated by the German dog associations or the FCI yet.

But this doesn't do any demolition to the race.

On the other hand, so the Patterdale Terrier could not become a fashion dog , One has been able to get such a relatively original race and we will pursue this with the cultivation aim of the usefulness furthermore, too.

The Patterdale Terrier is not only just good for hunting he also is a good companion  and family dog.  If he may, he just as likes to lie in front of the warm stove or sleeps on the soft sofa.

The dogs are very independent and self-confident from youth. Early they have the Terrier typical obstinacy  which  can be steered by a consistent education into the right direction.

To  train a Terrier is not easy  but with patience , strong nerves and love you finally come to the aim.

When your Terrier knows the commands: sit down, lie down and he can walk with you without a line and he comes back when you call his name, than you will have the full acknowledgement of every dog coach or dog expert.

The Patterdale Terrier all in all is both a fantastic family dog especially friendly with children  and a good hunting partner in a small, handy size but with the heart of a lion.