Border Terrier vs Patterdale Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Border Terrier and Patterdale Terrier are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Border Terrier and Patterdale Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Border Terrier is easy to groom while the Patterdale Terrier has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Patterdale Terrier has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Border Terrier has a low tendency to bark.
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Border Terrier vs Patterdale Terrier
Border Terrier Dog Breed
Tan Patterdale Terrier
Breed NameBorder TerrierPatterdale Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Height10-16 in.10-20 in.
Weight11-16 lb11-18 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryNot SpecifiedUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1700 AD1940 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighVery High
Exercise RequiredMediumVery High
Top Running Speed18 mph20 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingLowMedium
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneNone

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 NameBorder TerrierPatterdale Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingHighHigh
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingAverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchBelow AverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBorder TerrierPatterdale Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Common Health Issues
ConjunctivitisNoYes
CryptorchidismYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
MalocclusionsYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Pulmonic StenosisYesNo
SeizuresYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBorder TerrierPatterdale Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
ScruffyYesNo
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & RedYesNo
Black & TanYesYes
Black GrizzleYesNo
Blue & TanYesNo
Blue GrizzleYesNo
GrizzleYesNo
Grizzle & TanYesNo
RedYesYes
Red GrizzleYesNo
Red Grizzle & TanYesNo
Red WheatenYesNo
WheatenYesNo
BlackNoYes
BlueNoYes
BrindleNoYes
BronzeNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
TanNoYes