Chatterdale

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5-15 lbs
8-11"
Unknown
Patterchi, Chadderdale

The Chatterdale is a small, active dog that generally has a playful but protective nature. They almost always stand under a foot tall and weigh less than twenty pounds, but they don’t seem to be aware of that. They are a cross between the Chihuahua, a tiny companion animal from Mexico, and the Patterdale Terrier, a small fox hunting Terrier bred in England, in an area called The Fells. These little dogs are typically friendly with most people, but can be aggressive towards other dogs and small animals and may not always be tolerant of children. Although the majority of Chatterdales will do well in an apartment environment due to their small size and slightly lower exercise needs, some of them may be a little too fond of barking to make it workable. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Chihuahua, Patterdale Terrier

Chatterdale Health

Average Size
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 5-15 lbs
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 5-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Allergies
  • Conjunctivitis
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Heart
  • Skin Scraping
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests

Chatterdale Breed History

The Chatterdale is a designer dog, an intentional cross between the spunky Chihuahua from Mexico and a tough little Terrier from the Fells in England known as the Patterdale Terrier. The Patterdale is a descendant of the Fell Terrier, a tough and enduring Terrier bred to hunt fox in the region it was named for. The first references to a Patterdale dog go back to the 1930’s, when a Border Terrier breeder by the name of Joe Bowman began to selectively breed his terriers. This breed was then further refined in the 1950’s and 60’s with contributions from Cyril Breay, Frank Buck, Tommy Dobson and Brian Nuttall. Although this breed of dog was recognized by the UKC in England in 1995, it has not yet been recognized by the American Kennel Club.  The modern Chihuahua’s full history is unknown, but DNA testing of the breed indicate that there are genetic ties to the ancient Techichi dog, a small wild dog that was native to Mexico and kept for companions and religious sacrifices by the indigenous Aztec people. What is clear is, that some of the earliest dogs that could be identified as Chihuahuas were found in Mexico in the mid 1800’s, although at that time this tiny breed didn’t have an official name. Merchants in Mexico, largely from the state of Chihuahua, began selling these portable and companionable animals to visitors from  other countries. In 1904, the first Chihuahuas were recognized by the American Kennel Club and just thirty were registered by 1913. Today they are listed the 30th most popular breed in the United States with well over 40,000 Chihuahuas registered with the AKC in 2012, and also enjoy great popularity in many other countries around the world, including the UK, the Philippines, and Australia.

Chatterdale Breed Appearance

The Chatterdale, a combination between the Chihuahua and the Patterdale Terrier, is a small but sturdy animal that is both compact and flexible. They typically have the strong head and neck that the Patterdale is famous for with round brown eyes that are set rather widely across, although the skull shape may be either rounded or wedge shaped. Both the Patterdale and the Chihuahua have triangular ears that are set high up on the head, although the Chihuahua’s ears stand upright and the Patterdale’s hang forward, and the Chatterdale could inherit either type of ears. Most Chatterdale dogs will have a double coat as the Patterdale Terrier always has a double coat and the Chihuahua often does, but some Chihuahuas only have the single coat and this trait may be passed down to their offspring. The outer coat of these dogs can range from the silky, feathered coat of the long coat variety of Chihuahua to the rather coarse, weatherproof type of outer layer that the Patterdale sports. Due to the Chihuahua heritage, this hybrid can come in nearly any color and may have several different types of markings, also in several different colors.

Chatterdale Breed Maintenance

Grooming is a fairly simply project with the Chatterdale. They only require a bath about once a month or or less to keep them healthy and happy, but they do require brushing and combing on a regular basis in order to control shedding and to properly distribute the animal’s natural oils throughout its fur; around four to six times per week should be sufficient except when during the change of seasons. Both of the parent breeds shed more heavily during the change of the seasons and may need to be brushed even more frequently during these times, usually reverting to daily brushings in the fall and spring. 

Chatterdale Temperament

This crossbreed of the Chihuahua and the Patterdale Terrier is an energetic and tenacious animal with eyes that clearly convey their alert and curious natures. The Chatterdales are generally ready for action, with much more confidence than the Chihuahua typically displays, in fact they tend towards overly aggressive behavior before exhibiting timidity and may not get along with other dogs or animals particularly well, and due to their Terrier natures they are likely to chase anything small that moves quickly and if they follow their natural instincts, they may kill it once they have caught it. They don’t have any particular fondness for children, who can be quick moving and in some cases, quite startling to these small canines and while older children should be capable of maintaining control and preventing injury, younger children may not be an appropriate companion for this breed. They are also intelligent little dogs, but can be difficult to train at times, due to an independent and sometimes stubborn nature.

Chatterdale Activity Requirements

These little dogs are fairly active for their size, but they don’t require a great deal of daily activity to stay healthy. Forty to sixty minutes of vigorous activity per day is generally adequate to keep this dog fit, although it may be best to break this up into multiple shorter sessions. The Chatterdale is also small enough to get in quite a bit of indoor activity without causing too much of a mess or commotion. These dogs are intelligent, and it is important to offer them some form of mental stimulation as well. Due to the Terrier influence these dogs may have more appreciation than most for foraging toys. In most cases, the Chatterdale will do just as well in an apartment as a larger home, but some of these dogs may tend towards being a little more vocal than is usually appreciated by neighbors. 

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