Patterdale Terriers are a dog breed that sheds much less than a Husky or a German Shephard, but don’t let that fool you; a Patterdale still sheds its hair.
Their hair type often plays a significant factor in the amount of shedding that occurs. For example, a smooth, short-haired Patterdale sheds more than a rough-coated Patterdale.
So yes, Patterdale Terriers shed their hair.
How much do Patterdales shed?
A lot more than you probably imagine, and if I had to describe it in words, I would say moderately. You will need a consistent brushing routine to manage their shedding and keep it under control.
What causes your Patterdale Terrier to shed?
Although a moderate amount of shedding is expected in a Patterdale Terrier, it might be worth a check-up at the vet if you feel like it is becoming a problem or you’re noticing bald patches. A vet will run some tests and check for symptoms of other underlying conditions.
- Fungal infection
- Thyroid imbalance
- Skin allergies
- Chronic skin inflammation
Are Patterdale Terriers hypoallergenic
No, Patterdale Terriers are not regarded as Hypoallergenic. Their short hair can cause problems for anyone with breathing problems such as asthma. Again, I’m speaking from first-hand experience; having suffered from asthma as a child, I noticed my asthma come back once I introduced my Patterdale into my home.
Grooming your Patterdale Terrier
Patterdales are low maintenance dogs, but they still require grooming every week to ensure they are clean and you don’t find Patterdale hairs all over your home.
If you’re brushing your Patterdale every day, you may find that they disapprove of the exercise. Patterdales are stubborn, and if they don’t want to be touched, expect them to snap and snarl.
To combat this, you should desensitise your Patterdale to the brush and introduce it slowly with positive reinforcement training.
It’s also recommended to bathe your terrier every 3-4 months; however, don’t be afraid to clean them more frequently if they get dirty when out on walks.
Just make sure to use a dog-friendly shampoo.
Again, Patterdales are notoriously challenging to get into the bath. A great tip is to place their food into a Licki Mat or Kong while in the tub. It’ll get them preoccupied and prevent any outbursts.
Don’t mistake a Patterdale Terrier not wanting to be groomed for aggression. They’re tough little terriers, which you should have been aware of before buying one.