Basenji vs Patterdale Terrier

Compare the Basenji to the Patterdale Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Basenjis and Patterdale Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Basenji is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - The Basenji is very child friendly. The Patterdale Terrier does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Basenji.
  • Grooming - Both the Basenji and Patterdale Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - The Patterdale Terrier bark/howls frequently. The Basenji has a low tendency to bark.
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Basenji vs Patterdale Terrier
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Breed NameBasenjiPatterdale Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Height16-18 in.10-20 in.
Weight20-24 lb11-18 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryCongoUnited Kingdom
Origin Year2 BC1940 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 85°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighVery High
Exercise RequiredHighVery High
Top Running Speed26 mph20 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountLowNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiPatterdale Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingAverageHigh
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionAverageAverage
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiPatterdale Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Common Health Issues
ConjunctivitisNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiPatterdale Terrier
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesYes
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Black, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
Blue, Cream & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Cream & WhiteYesNo
Mahogany & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BlueNoYes
BrindleNoYes
BronzeNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
RedNoYes
TanNoYes