Patterdale Terriers of the Nemesis Class.
Nemesis: A righteous act of retribution inflicted by an appropriate agent!
(Warning: Graphic action photo below, sissies beware.)
This is the web site of the kennels of the Griffith Land & Cattle Co., in central Virginia.We’ve been producing various breeds of high performance dogs for our own purposes for decades.
Though we occasionally sell some, we do not make a business of selling dogs or pups.
In collaboration with Shillelagh Kennels in W.V. we breed fierce little terrier dogs that are commonly referred to as Patterdale Terriers.
We've been working to produce "the Nemesis Class" Patterdale Terrier (a term coined by a happy customer.)
We help farmers and small livestock owners with various types of troublesome vermin in various ways.
Our terriers sometimes let us apply a more “pro-active” approach that customers really seem to appreciate.
We never looked back once we worked out how to apply these little dogs to those kinds of problems.
For us, these activities are neither sport nor a recreational game that we play.
No matter how much fun or satisfaction we might get from it, this is always work and we try to approach all of it with a business-like attitude. We think it helps us stay focused on the real purpose for having these dogs.
Some years ago, Ron of Shillelagh Kennels let us try a couple of pups from his program. (see Dyke's Page .)
Those dogs were so good for our purposes that we started our own breeding program.
With helpful advice and friendly encouragement from some well-known breeders
we were soon producing our own high-powered little "verminators."
Our Patterdales are of the European type and we use them primarily to take ‘coons, fox and
‘possums out of holes, debris piles, old buildings and crawl-spaces or wherever these vermin are suspected.
For managing woodchucks we find that rifles and traps work best but
our dogs occasionally get those annoying critters too.
The presence of a Patterdale Terrier of the Nemesis Class usually means doom for the targeted animal.
Below are the two dogs Ron sent us, (Pebbles on the left and BamBam on the right.)
They are shown at the age of 14 months delivering justice to a fairly large ‘possum discovered in the neighbors hen house one hot summer night. When these pups arrived on the scene it only took moments to find the beast and drag it outside where they began inflicting "a righteous act of retribution" that got their local reputation started. The owner of the chickens took considerable satisfaction in witnessing this scene.
Have a look at the
Colors & Markings page. Also, if you are thinking about getting one for a "pet"
be sure to read the PDF titled "So You Want a Patterdale" found on the
More To Know page.
We only sell pups or started dogs occasionally. Check the
Available Now page for current listings.
We try to keep it up to date, adding information as it develops so check back regularly.
If you examine pedigrees on this site you'll see HOF after some dogs names. HOF means Hall Of Fame.
Every now and then a dog is recognized for its positive impact to the whole breed.
Those are the HOF dogs. The caliber of the offspring is considered heavily in the matter. Sadly, in America this has come to mean a record for winning "shows" more than field performance.
Patterdale Terriers of the Nemesis Class are not bred to be "show-dogs" even though many are pretty enough.
No matter how or why the HOF title is given, it's the quality of the progeny that make the ancestor great.
Thanks for visiting.