The history of the breed for the Patterland is very recent and while there is not much data around, we can at least look to the parent dogs for likely characteristics and genetic indications. The Patterdale Terrier appeared around the 1960s, bred by Brian Nuttall from dogs given to him by his grandfather. His breed has been acclaimed as one of the best in the country. Developed in the Lake District where foxes were a problem in the tough environment, farmers needed a robust dog that could chase prey and even dispatch the prey if it turned to fight. They were rapid, tough and dependable dogs. They have a unique ability to compress their chest which enables them to get into small burrows and holes. They can also lie completely flat on their stomach with their legs stretched out fully which helps them reach prey that had gone to ground. Considered to be as 'hard as nails' these dogs excelled at their trade and made a formidable hunting dog. Today the Patterdale Terrier is a companion dog, and its temperament has mellowed due to recent breeding. Their handsome good looks, kind and devoted nature, and alert lively manner makes it a popular companion and friend. The Lakeland Terrier dates to the 1800s which makes it one of the oldest Terrier breeds that remain today. It is similar to the Patterdale Terrier, it was developed by crossing the Bedlington Terrier with the Old English Wirehair Terrier. it originates back to the Lake District in England and was a working dog that was utilised in fox, badger, and otter hunting and prevented vermin from destroying crops. Known for their flexibility, they could hunt on uneven terrain, in the woods, fields and even in the water. While it is unknown when the Lakeland Terrier arrived in the United States of America, it was formally recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1934 and is still used today for hunting, tracking and as a devoted loyal companion.