Boston Terrier vs Patterdale Terrier

Compare the Boston Terrier to the Patterdale Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Boston Terriers 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 Boston Terrier is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Boston Terrier and Patterdale Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Boston Terrier is easy to groom while the Patterdale Terrier has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Boston Terrier and Patterdale Terrier are above average barkers.
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Boston Terrier vs Patterdale Terrier
Boston Terrier Dog Breed
Tan Patterdale Terrier
Breed NameBoston TerrierPatterdale Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan13-15 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Height13-15 in.10-20 in.
Weight10-25 lb11-18 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited StatesUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1870 AD1940 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighVery High
Exercise RequiredMediumVery High
Top Running Speed15 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 NameBoston TerrierPatterdale Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowHigh
ChasingBelow AverageHigh
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingAverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionBelow AverageAverage
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageVery Low
WatchAverageHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBoston TerrierPatterdale Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan13-15 yrs.11-13 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesYesNo
Brain TumorsYesNo
CataractsYesNo
Cherry EyeYesNo
ConjunctivitisNoYes
DeafnessYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
MegaesophagusYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Reverse SneezingYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBoston TerrierPatterdale Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Brindle, & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Seal & WhiteYesNo
Seal Brindle & WhiteYesNo
BlackNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
BlueNoYes
BrindleNoYes
BronzeNoYes
ChocolateNoYes
RedNoYes
TanNoYes
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