How much are Patterdale Terriers?

Are you looking to buy your own Patterdale? Maybe you fell in love at first sight, but now you find yourself wondering just how much are Patterdale Terriers? Well, look no further! I’ve put together a guide on buying your very own Patterdale, including how much you can expect a puppy to set you back.

As a general rule of thumb, Patterdale Terriers are not the most expensive breed on the market. Compared to the English Bulldogs, Miniature Dachshunds and Cockapoos currently dominating the top end of the UK dog market, Patterdale Terriers are surprisingly affordable!

Despite their high levels of intelligence and working nature, Patterdales are not a Kennel Club registered breed. Generally, being on the KC register can drive a dog’s price up; therefore, Patterdale Terriers are rarely expensive. 

Is a Patterdale Terrier the right dog for you?

Before taking the plunge and purchasing your very own Patterdale puppy, you must know precisely what you’re getting yourself into! Patterdale Terriers are a working breed with high levels of intelligence and plenty of energy. 

For some, this is the ideal mixture. However, many will fail to read up on the breed before purchasing a puppy; this often results in the dog being given up as it wasn’t what the owners thought they would be getting. Or, even worse, they’re simply not prepared to give the dog what it needs.

Take some time to understand a Patterdale’s temperament and what they require from you before you make the purchase.

As a working breed, Patterdales require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. A lack of these will lead to aggression due to boredom. If you’re not able or prepared to fulfil these needs, then a working dog is not your best choice. 

Buying a Working Patterdale Puppy

If a Patterdale has been raised as a working dog, you will easily identify it by its docked tail. Working dogs’ tails are docked, which takes place in the first few days of a dog’s life and involves removing a portion of the dog’s tail to prevent injuries usually obtained when working.  

The docking of a dog’s tail is a criminal offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 unless the procedure is done for medical purposes or the dog is a working dog and is less than five days old. To be classed as a working dog, a veterinary surgeon must agree that the dog fits the criteria outlined in The Docking of Working Dogs’ Tails Regulations 2007.

Choosing a Patterdale Terrier Puppy

As with all dogs, it’s essential to know whether the dog has been flead, wormed and microchipped before you purchase it. These are all pretty basic requirements that any half-decent breeder should complete before selling a puppy. 

Patterdale puppies should not be taken from their mothers and sold until they are at least 8-12 weeks old. Before this age, they cannot survive independently, as they still rely on their mothers for sustenance. 

When choosing a Patterdale Terrier puppy, you should take the time to investigate whether it is a pure Patterdale, or if it has been crossed with another breed. Not only will this affect the price of the puppy, but it can also drastically alter the needs and traits. 

Reputable breeders will always be able to tell you the parental history of your Patterdale, so be sure to ask! If they don’t know, it’s probably best to avoid them altogether and find someone who can answer your questions. 

How much does a Patterdale Terrier puppy cost?

While the cost of all puppies varies, Patterdale Terriers cost, on average, between £500-£800. You can undoubtedly find Patterdale puppies cheaper than this on the market; however, you should be wary of sellers offering puppies for much cheaper than the market average. 

The price of Patterdale puppies has risen during recent months due to the increase in demand caused by the pandemic. In 2018, you could expect to purchase a Patterdale puppy for around £250-400.

If you’re interested in a Patterdale cross puppy, then bear in mind that the price will vary depending on the breed it’s crossed with. For example, crossing a Patterdale with a Cockapoo or a Jackapoo will drive the price up, whereas a Lakeland Patterdale cross will more than likely be cheaper than a pure Patterdale. 

How much does an adult Patterdale Terrier cost?

Compared to puppies, the price of an adult Patterdale Terrier is harder to quote. The cost can fluctuate significantly from as little as £200 to as much as £1,000.

The value of an adult Patterdale stems from the reasoning behind why they’re being sold. A low price may suggest the owner needs the dog gone ASAP for several possible reasons, while a high price may indicate a well trained, working dog with years of experience. 

Rescue a Patterdale Terrier

One of the best ways to get your very own Patterdale, or any dog for that matter, is to rescue one. As previously mentioned, many owners fail to read up on their dogs and cannot fulfil their needs. Boredom can quickly turn into aggression, and worried owners will give up their Patterdales, passing them onto kennels or rescue centres. 

The cost to rehome a dog varies depending on where you rescue them from; for example, the RSPCA has a fee of £135 to cover vet bills for essential treatments, whereas The Dog’s Trust charges £185. However, both are much cheaper options than buying a brand new Patterdale puppy, and you get to make a dog’s life simultaneously! 

In conclusion, if you’re looking to purchase a Patterdale, whether a puppy or a fully grown adult, be sure to shop around; find a breeder or seller you can trust and a dog who has been flead, wormed and microchipped as a minimum. Be sure to read up on Patterdale Terriers before you make the leap, and you will have a best friend for life!

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