History of my terriers .
The following is how my terriers happen to come to Australia to form my foundation stock.
The bloodlines of Gould, Nuttall, Brightmore & Stevens are predominate. The bitch 'Paige' was sent
to Australia from the U.K. in pup to a red Fell type dog from Wales after being ordered by Mr X
and two or three partners in the deal.
The result of the litter produced the usual suspects of at least one male which was retained by MrX
and a number of bitches that were distributed around Victoria among the various partners.
The dog pup was named Digger and will feature later in this article.
Digger was mated to Paige which produced a black fell type dog which Mr X named Stan.
In 1987 Mr X organised for a bitch to be imported in pup through renouned terrierman
and editor of a sporting dog magazine, Earth Dog / Running Dog , Mr Dave Harcombe.
Mr X wanted Dave to send out a bitch 'Moira' in pup but Dave changed his mind and organised
for the dog 'Lew' bred by his friend Jason Powell to be sent instead.
Dave was so relieved that he didn't because 'Moira' turned out to be one of his best.
Dave said "quote" , " Anyway it was arranged for him to have 'Lew' from Jason Powell instead.
If he turned out as good as his two litter brothers Danny and Dai, he'd be ok though he was
broken coated, his brothers were smooth & very hard." end quote.
The mating between Paige and Lew resulted in a number of bitches which all seemed to get the
name Molly. Again one was retained by Mr X and the others spreading around Victoria and
My interst in the Patterdale began about 15 yrs ago when my cousin returned from the
U.K. after visiting a friend there. His friend turned out to be Brian Nuttall and he told me
of these little black terriers he had that could go underground and vacate all who resided there.
Not long after I saw an add in The Land paper claiming to have patterdales for sale.
Mr X had other interests to pursue and wanted to sell all he had in his kennel.
I bought all he had . A bitch 'Molly' The fell type male 'Stan' and one other pup.
After a couple of years I was fortunate enough to have made acquaintence with Anton
who after working in England in Ken Gould's kennels and working Ken's dogs at various
hunts, imported his Gould line of terriers to Australia on his return.
The joining of my Molly and Anton's dogs 'Jack 'and 'Dodger' have added the blood of
the likes of Goulds lines in 'Spartecus' and 'Wisp'. A recent acquisition of a male, 'Oscar ' has introduced Nuttall blood to the stud. Oscar's pedigree can be viewed on the ancestory page. His fathers side goes back to Nuttall's Tarmac and Black Shandy.
Anton's excellent dog 'Jack'. Bred by Wayne Gravey from Gould lines ( Wisp x Spike )
Oscar - Nuttall x Gould lines
Anton's dog 'Dodger' ( Grip & Ice )