Patterdale Terriers of the Nemesis Class.
Nemesis: "A righteous act of retribution inflicted by an appropriate agent!" Brickhead
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This is the web site for the kennels of the Griffith Land & Cattle Co., of central Virginia.
We’ve been producing various high-performance dogs for our own purposes for decades.
Though we occasionally sell some, we do not make a business out of selling dogs or pups.
We work to produce a fierce type of small "working" terrier dog commonly called
We produce Patterdale Terriers of "the Nemesis Class" (a term given to us by a very happy customer.)
We help small livestock owners with several types of troublesome vermin in various ways.
Our terriers let us apply a pro-active approach that customers really seem to appreciate.
We never looked back once we worked out how to apply these cool little dogs to those particular kinds of problems.
For us, these activities are neither sport nor a recreational game that we play. No matter how much satisfaction we might get from it, this is always work and we try to approach all of it with a business-like attitude. This helps us stay focused on the real reason Patterdale Terriers were ever developed, (eliminating the targeted animal.)
A little over a decade ago, Ron of Shillelagh Kennels let us try a couple of pups from his program.
Those dogs, (Pebbles & Bambam,) were so good for our purposes that we started our own breeding program.
With some friendly advice, cooperation and lots of encouragement from some well-known breeders we were soon producing little "verminators" that exceeded our expectations with some regularity.
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 the beasts are suspected.
For managing groundhogs, (as with most troublesome vermin,) rifles and traps work best but we can't always do that. These dogs gave us another way to handle vermin problems when circumstances limit our choices.
The presence of a Patterdale Terrier of the Nemesis Class usually means doom
for any small animal in the same proximity.
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 opossum discovered in a neighbors hen house one hot summer night. When these pups arrived on the scene it only took moments for them to find the beast and drag it outside where they proceeded to inflict the "righteous act of retribution" that got their local reputation started.
The owner of the chickens took considerable satisfaction in witnessing this scene.
Be sure to have a look at the
>>>Colors & Markings<<< page to get the big picture.
Also, if you're thinking about getting one for a "pet" be sure to read the essay-PDF titled "So You Want a Patterdale" (along with other topics) found on the
>>>More Info<<< page. Lots of information can be found there.
We dislike having to sell any of our pups or dogs but we just can't keep them all and that's the only reason the public ever gets a chance to own one of these very-special terriers. However, once we started this site there's been a steadily growing demand for pups from our breeding program. We still only have pups available occasionally but we produce them a little more often to help those folks that have convinced themselves that they want one of ours.
Remember, there are other well established breeders shown on our >>>Links<<< page and mentioned in various places throughout this web site. All those folks have good dogs too. Give them a look.
>>>Available Now<<< page regularly for current information on availability.
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 on the whole breed.
Those are the Hall Of Fame dogs. The caliber of the offspring is how HOF dogs are determined.
(Sadly, in America this has begun to mean a record for winning "shows" more than the field performance.)
Patterdale Terriers of the Nemesis Class are not bred to be show-dogs though many are pretty enough.
Remember, No matter why the HOF title is given, it's the quality of the progeny
that makes the ancestor great.
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