The Patterdale Terrier is just not made for the couch or the soft basket, he is just too lively for that. He is also not exactly a beginner’s dog and needs a firm hand and very consistent training. If that succeeds, the self-confident and stubborn terrier will become a wonderful family dog that is very clever and willing to learn, affectionate, and fond of children. He’s not a barker either, although he’s already very alert and ready to lion-defend his humans. If possible, the breed should not be kept in a small city apartment, although in the house he is generally peaceful and calm.