Patterdale Terrier vs Jack Russell Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Patterdale Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier are good for new owners, but the Patterdale Terrier is a slightly better choice.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Patterdale Terrier is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Jack Russell Terrier is easier to groom than the Patterdale Terrier.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Jack Russell Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Patterdale Terrier vs Jack Russell Terrier
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Breed NamePatterdale TerrierJack Russell Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoMaybe
Lifespan11-13 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Height10-20 in.10-15 in.
Weight11-18 lb13-17 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1940 AD1819 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelVery HighVery High
Exercise RequiredVery HighMedium-High
Top Running Speed20 mph20 mph
StrengthMediumMedium
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingMediumLow
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 NamePatterdale TerrierJack Russell Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingHighAverage
ChasingHighHigh
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionAverageVery Low
Remove VerminHighVery Low
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NamePatterdale TerrierJack Russell Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan11-13 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
ConjunctivitisYesNo
DeafnessNoYes
GlaucomaNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Lens LuxationNoYes
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NamePatterdale TerrierJack Russell Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumYesNo
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
BlueYesNo
BrindleYesNo
BronzeYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
RedYesNo
TanYesNo
Tri-colorNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
White & BrownNoYes
White & CreamNoYes
White & TanNoYes
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