Patterdale Terriers of the Nemesis Class.
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Nemesis: "A righteous infliction of retribution by an appropriate agent!" Brickhead
This is the web site for the kennels of the Griffith Land & Cattle Co., in 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 known the world over as
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We produce Patterdale Terriers of "the Nemesis Class" (a title given to our dogs by a very happy customer.)
Among other skills & services we help property & livestock owners with troublesome vermin in many ways.
Sometimes our terriers let us apply a pro-active approach that customers really seem to appreciate.
When groundhogs, fox, opossums or raccoons become troublesome it's guns & traps that work best.
But we can't always do that. These dogs gave us another way to handle vermin problems when circumstances limit our choices. Once we worked out how to apply these cool little dogs to those kinds of problems we never looked back. Customers watch in awe as these little dogs drag raccoons and things from under houses & sheds.
For us, these activities are neither sport nor a recreational game that we play. No matter how much satisfaction we may 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, (helping eliminate targeted nuisance animals.)
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 a breeding program that we now call "the Nemesis Program." Our stated goal is to breed up a family of dogs that'll drag the beast from its lair (called "drawing") with some regularity. (Ordinarily that's a very rare event.)
With some friendly advice, cooperation and lots of encouragement from some well-known breeders we began producing little "verminators" that often achieved and occasionally exceed our expectations.
We're still working on drawing the beast with more regularity. That's a very lofty goal to be sure.
Our Patterdales are of the European type [Link] 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.
We're also working on a strain that we expect might do likewise with coyotes.
The presence of a Patterdale Terrier of the Nemesis Class usually means doom
for any small animal in the same proximity.
Shown just below are the 2 dogs Ron sent us (Pebbles on the left, Bambam on the right.)
They're shown inflicting "Death by Patterdale" on a fairly large opossum that was discovered in a neighbors hen house one hot summer night. When the pups arrived on the scene it only took moments for them to find the beast and drag it out where they could deliver the "righteous act of retribution" which began their local reputation.
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.
If you examine pedigrees on this site you'll see HOF after the names of some dogs.
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 producing show dogs more than the field performance.)
Remember, No matter why the HOF title is given, it's the quality of the progeny
that makes the ancestor great.
Patterdale Terriers of the Nemesis Class are not bred to be show-dogs though many are pretty enough.
Dogs from our kennels and from our breeder friends (shown herein & on the Links page) are "the real thing."
Thanks for visiting.