Patterdale Shepherd

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Patterdale Shepherd History

The Patterdale is a breed of sheepdog from the Lake District in North West England. The name of the breed derives from the Pennine Dales in Cumbria, where the dogs were once used. In 2005, the Patterdale was recognized by the Kennel Club (UK). The demand from show enthusiasts for a larger, working-type sheepdog led to the development by breeders of the larger Lakeland Sheepdog, also known as the English Setter or the Herding Setter. This type was exhibited at shows from 1887. In the 1920s British breeders began to focus on a smaller type of herding setter that better resembled the original (or earlier) types, and this became the basis of the now-rare Yorkshire Dales Setter. In the 1930s and 1940s, two main types of smaller, more modern (or less rustic) dogs were being developed. The Cumberland (or Peak District) Setter was, as the name suggests, from that district, while the Lancashire (or Black and Tan) Setter came from that county. By the 1950s, these two (and other) types of small setters were being crossed with the larger Lakeland (or Herding ) Setter, to produce a dog for work in the fields, but which still looked the part in the show ring. In 1970, a ‘new’ type of collie from Scotland was exhibited at Crufts and was described as “a dwarf collie which, when shown, is presented in

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Patterdale Shepherd Physical Characteristics

The Patterdale Sheepdog is a large, medium-to-large sized breed of sheep herding working dog. It is predominantly white in color, with patches of red, brindle, or apricot distributed over its body and legs. Its head is large and pendant. Its ears are triangular in shape and stand erect. It has a harsh, wiry outer coat, and a woolly undercoat. Males and females stand 60-70 cm high at the withers and weigh 40-60 kg, but males tend to be larger.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Fawn, Black, Cream, Brown, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 20 – 24 inches

Female Height Range: 18 – 22 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 50 – 60 lbs

Female Weight Range: 50 – 60 lbs

Patterdale Shepherd Health

Description of breed health.


12-13 yrs

Patterdale Shepherd Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI), Elbow Dysplasia, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Hypothyroidism, Atopic Dermatitis, Bladder Stones

Patterdale Shepherd Temperament and Behaviour

The Patterdale Shepherd is a quiet, calm, and serious dog that is slow to meet new people. They are devoted to their families and can sometimes be a bit timid around strangers. They are very intelligent and eager to please, which makes them easy to train. They require frequent exercise, but will only do so when they want to.

Patterdale Shepherd Activity Requirements

The Patterdale Shepherd, also known as a Lakeland, is a herding and farm dog. They are intelligent, independent, and courageous. They are extremely loyal to their owners, but they can be stubborn and dominant. They require firm, consistent training, but once they are trained, they are obedient, calm, and loyal.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Patterdale Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Patterdale Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Patterdale Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Patterdale Shepherd is part of the Unclassified group.

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