Patterdale Shepherd

50-60 lbs
United States
Patterdale Terrier
German Shepherd
The Patterdale Shepherd is a hybrid of the purebred Patterdale Terrier and the purebred German Shepherd.  While the German Shepherd parent is well-known in the United States, the Patterdale Terrier is not, and the resulting hybrid is rare.  Currently, only the Dog Registry of America recognizes the Patterdale Shepherd as a designer hybrid.  Additionally, some confusion may arise with regard to the Patterdale Terrier parent's bloodlines as this name is the historic name given to the Lakeland Terrier that stands taller and weighs more than the modern-day Patterdale Terrier.
purpose Purpose
Companion and Guarding
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Patterdale Terrier and German Shepherd

Patterdale Shepherd Health

Average Size
Male Patterdale Shepherd size stats
Height: 20-24 inches Weight: 50-60 lbs
Female Patterdale Shepherd size stats
Height: 18-22 inches Weight: 50-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Bladder Stones
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hemophilia
Occasional Tests
  • Blood
  • Eye examination
  • Radiographs
  • Complete Physical Examination

Patterdale Shepherd Breed History

Little is known on the Patterdale Shepherd mostly due to the rarity of the Patterdale Terrier parent breed in the United States.  Owners of Patterdale Shepherds or those who wish to learn more about the hybrid before adoption should review the histories of both parent dogs and be sure of which bloodlines they are adopting since the Patterdale may reference other Terrier breeds as well. The Patterdale Terrier is an earth dog developed in northern England from the Fell Terrier.  The modern-day Lakeland Terrier previously went by the Patterdale Terrier but has since dropped the historic name.  Patterdales, Lakelands, Fells, and Cumberland Terriers share close bloodlines but can vary significantly in appearance.  The modern-day Patterdale Terrier is a small dog with either a smooth or rough outer coat and a short, dense undercoat.  The primary role of the Patterdale Terrier is vermin hunter, and this dog is a tenacious Terrier.  While Patterdale Terriers exist in the United States, the American Kennel Club does not recognize the breed.  However, the United Kennel Club recognized the Patterdale in 1995 and provides breed standards. The German Shepard is an extremely popular dog today.  As its name suggests, the Germany Shepherd first developed in Germany but only at the turn of the 20th Century.   Caption Max von Stephanitz wanted a superior breed for herding and purchased the wolf-like German Shepherd in 1899.  However, Industrialization marginalized farming in Germany and Stephanitz was able to convince the German government to use the German Shepherd for police and military work.  The German Shepherd excelled at guarding and protection and played an important role for the Red Cross in World War I.  The German Shepherd was already in the United States by the time WWI broke out, but the breed's popularity did not take off until after the war.  The popularity may be in part due to the number of German Shepherds taken home by Allied forces, and particularly one German Shepherd rescued in France by a U.S. Corporal.  The U.S. Corporal took the young German Shepherd home to Los Angelos where the dog would go on to star in many feature films as the famous Rin Tin Tin.  The American Kennel Club first recognized the German Shepherd in 1908 but changed its name to the Alsatian Wolf Dog during WWI.  The original name of German Shepherd was restored in 1931, but the British Kennel Club did not restore the original name until 1977.    

Patterdale Shepherd Breed Appearance

The Patterdale Shepherd varies in appearance depending on which parent breed the hybrid most resembles.  The hybrid is not as large as the German Shepherd and is lean-muscled.  The Patterdale Shepherd's head is in proportion to the body and round with medium-sized ears and large, dark eyes.  The muzzle of the Patterdale long and thin with black-lines lips and a scissor bite.  The Patterdale Shepherd's legs are straight and lean, and the tail is long with a moderate brush and may curve slightly over the back.  The coat on the Patterdale Shepherd is dense, rough, and short and varies in many shades but often has dark points on the face, ears, and tail.  

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Patterdale Shepherd eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Patterdale Shepherd nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Patterdale Shepherd coat
black Patterdale Shepherd coat
cream Patterdale Shepherd coat
brown Patterdale Shepherd coat
red Patterdale Shepherd coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Patterdale Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Patterdale Shepherd Breed Maintenance

The Patterdale Shepherd is not a hypoallergenic dog, and though the coat is short, this hybrid sheds a lot.  Weekly brushing can help remove loose and dead hair from the coat, and additional brushing may be required during warmer months.  The Patterdale Shepherd may develop a doggy odor and is difficult to bathe considering its size and water resistant coat.  Frequent bathing may also irritate the Patterdale Shepherd's skin, but weekly brushing will help remove dirt from the coat and distribute the natural oils to help keep doggy odor at bay.  The Patterdale's nails are hard and grow fast as well.  Keeping them trim with nail clippers or a file twice a month will prevent the nails from splitting or tearing.
Brushes for Patterdale Shepherd
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Patterdale Shepherd requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Patterdale Shepherd Temperament

The Patterdale Shepherd is a large dog that needs a strong owner who treats him like an equal.  The hybrid makes for an excellent protector and family dog if it has a supportive and healthy household, and the Patterdale Shepherd is very protective of children.  Harsh and negative reinforcement training does not work well for the Patterdale Shepherd and may lead to behavioral issues including separation anxiety, shyness, or even aggression.  With proper socialization and a healthy lifestyle, the Patterdale Shepherd gets along with other dogs and even cats.  Their friendliness toward strangers is moderate and they can be trained as guard dogs.  However, they warm up to new people once threats are properly assessed.  The Patterdale Shepherds have a lot of energy and while they are easy to train, they require a lot of physical and mental stimulation to lead healthy lives.

Patterdale Shepherd Activity Requirements

The Patterdale Shepherd has a lot of energy and is a large dog that requires daily exercise outside.  Frequent runs in the backyard, walks around the block, and visits to the dog park are in order for the Patterdale Shepherd.  Despite its size and activity requirements, the Patterdale Shepherd can adapt to apartment living, but only if it gets all of its daily exercise.  The Patterdale Shepherd is well-suited for all climate types and does well in cold environments.  However, owners should be mindful of overheating in warmer localities, especially during hot summer months, and always provide shade and water for their dog while outside.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Patterdale Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00
food bag monthly cost

Patterdale Shepherd Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Patterdale Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 20.0 inches Weight: 47.5 lbs
Female Patterdale Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 18.0 inches Weight: 47.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Patterdale Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs
Female Patterdale Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 20.0 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Patterdale Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 22.0 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs
Female Patterdale Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 20.0 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs

Patterdale Shepherd Owner Experiences

2 Years
3 People
High Five
Hide & Seek
we got lola from a friends friend, we knew her mother was a patterdale but no body knew who her father was. It wasn’t until she started growing up we noticed her German shapard like markings. After doing some research, we finally knew what breed she was! She is very loving and affectionate to people she knows however she’s a little shy to people she doesn’t know. She sometimes gets aggressive to people she doesn’t know coming through our door which we are currently working on. She’s also very shy towards other dogs she’s not familiar with which is also something we’re working on however we are noticing her becoming more confident and playful with other dogs she meets! Growing up she was also very protective with her food and we have had a few injuries however she is beyond that now. She is very protecive over us, especially the children in our family whom she adores. Definitly one of the best dogs❤️
4 years, 6 months ago
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