The Patterdale Terrier was bred in 18th-century Britain for hunting rabbits. It is independent, robust, and willing to dig up any animal that tries to escape it underground. It will also take on any dog it comes across, and can be difficult to train. Interestingly, it has developed a handsomely muscled & trim appearance without aesthetics being a consideration in the breeding process. The Patterdale is not suited to urban living, and requires a lot of exercise, but does well in any climate.