Patterdale Terrier Jagd Terrier Cross

One less well known terrier is the Patterdale Terrier Jagd Terrier Cross. In this blog, we will take a look at this crossbreed, starting with a brief introduction to the Jagd Terrier.

A Bit about the Jagd Terrier

The Jagd terrier has many similarities to the Patterdale Terrier and is a German terrier that was originally believed to be developed from crossing the German Pinscher with the Deutscher Spitz at the turn of the 20th century to create an all-around hunting terrier.  However, recent genetic tests show that the current Jagd terriers are probably not descendants of those two breeds, rather distant relatives.  The Jagd is often referred to as the German equivalent of the Patterdale.

They were initially developed to hunt foxes and other hunted animals, including badgers, wild boar, bobcats and cougars; they are fierce, tenacious hunters. 

Jagd terriers are high energy dogs.  They benefit from a lot of exercise, a very secure garden and a job to do.  They are natural hunters who will hunt anything, hence the need for a very secure garden.  They are frequently difficult but rewarding to train and respond well to a close relationship with the person training and working them.

At approximately 34-41cms (13” to 16″) tall and weighing between 17 to 22 pounds, they are taller and heavier than Patterdales.  They are usually black with tan points and maybe rough or smooth coated.


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Patterdales are also high energy dogs that benefit from a lot of exercise and stimulation from regular training.  Both are good hunting dogs and loyal companions.  

Patterdale Terrier cross Jagd Terrier

One thing is certain about the cross, and that is that the Patterdale Jagd Cross is bound to have strong hunting instincts.  Both breeds are intelligent, energetic and good hunters.  However, while the Patterdale will quietly get on with its work, the Jagd will give voice, both when tracking a scent and frequently when working.  Crossing the two could lead to a taller working terrier than the Patterdale or a smaller working terrier than the Jagd.  When crossing any breeds, there is little certainty about what you will get. It’s not unusual for pups from the same litter to be totally different in appearance, with some resembling the mother and some resembling the father.  So physically, there is an element of uncertainty from the cross. 

However, you could hope to achieve a taller terrier than a Patterdale or a smaller terrier than the Jagd and expect the resulting offspring to have the traits that they both share.   If you want a working terrier that will follow a scent and give voice but want something smaller than a Jagd, then this is a useful cross to consider.

With both breeds being predominantly black, there is a strong chance that the resulting offspring will be black.  Whereas with Patterdales, although black is the dominant gene, there is a larger likelihood of more of the litter being another Patterdale colour.

They have a lot in common and a cross between the two is likely to be high energy and high prey drive and keep you on your toes.

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