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Patterdale Terrier Dog Breed

Originally called the Patterdale Terrier (but not to be mistaken for what is now accepted as the Patterdale Terrier), this is one of the oldest terrier breeds that still exists to this day. The breed was developed in the Lake district of England by crossing the Bedlington Terrier and the Old English Wirehaired Terrier. The Lakeland Terrier is a small breed, standing no more than 14.5 inches and weighing from 15 to 17 pounds. It has a strong muzzle, a narrow and deep chest and a barely noticeable stop. Its ears are V-shaped, small and fold over to the head. Its eyes are slightly small with an oval shaped outline with colours from black, brown to dark hazel. It has a double layer of coat with a hard and wiry outer coat and a softer undercoat, with colours ranging from solid blue, black, liver, red, and wheaten. The breed also has distinct saddle markings on the back of the neck, back, side and up the tail. The hair is generally cut so that there are longer hairs on the muzzle and over the legs.

The Lakeland Terrier has been used for hunting den animals such as badger, fox and otter. It was also used to protect crops and herds from foxes and vermins. Alert, lively and cheerful, the breed gets along well with other dogs and loves to play with children. They like to dig and explore and may also be a barker, so adequate training and housebreaking must be done during puppy hood. This generally healthy dog can live up to 12 years, with some reportedly living up to 16 years.

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