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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3 thoughts on “Patterdale Terrier Jagd Terrier Cross”

  1. We have a Patterdale x jag she’s hit 14 months and has started attacking our 8 year old spaniel drawn blood and will not let go it’s awful. We have both been bitten trying to part them. It’s so stressful. The spaniel does seem to be a point of jealousy though for the pup
    We don’t know what to do

  2. Not too surprised to hear that. Almost every terrier information source I’ve ever seen says terriers generally do not get on with dogs of their own gender and are prone to fights sometimes to the death with some genders and that it’s best the companion is the opposite gender. The sources I’ve seen also warn of jealousy. Try addressing the possibility of jealousy as a first step since I doubt you want to get rid of either dog and it’s likely a jealousy thing going on between them

  3. We have a Patterdale x JagD Cross and she’s beautiful.

    Right from the beginning we socialised her so well with other dogs, people and environments.

    She’s more likely to lay on her back when she sees another dog.

    I’m sorry to hear about the above experience – I just don’t want everyone to think that’s the norm.

    Also we saved ours from a life or goodness knows what as she was the last of the litter knowone wanted. She has been docked and her dew claws taken out.

    We take her running to a secure field. She has lots of enrichment at home and also swims at a dog pool.

    I have had a patterdale before so know they need to be entertained.

    I hope things get better for you.


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