This section is from the book "British Dogs: Their Varieties, History, Characteristics, Breeding, Management, And Exhibition", by Hugh Dalziel. Also available from Amazon: British Dogs.
From the Belvoir kennels thirty-five years ago Sir Thomas Whichcote got Old Tyrant, and he was of a sort that never has been surpassed. This breed was kept very select, and among other direct descendants of it I may mention Belvoir Venom, who was bred by Goodall, at Aswarby, in 1860. He now has a dog and bitch out of her by Belvoir Joe. They are eight years old, and are probably the best bred terriers at present in existence. Their names are Viper and Violet. Venom passed into the hands of Mr. Wootton when she was over twelve years of age, and he had unprecedented success in breeding many pups from such an old bitch.
I think few will differ from me when I say that the Grove and Belvoir have taken more pride in their breed of terriers than any other pack, and have crossed them as carefully as they did their hounds. I will first make a few remarks on the Belvoir terriers; and, as Belvoir Joe is the best known to breeders of the present day, I will give his pedigree, which can be traced back for upwards of forty years. Belvoir Joe was bred by W. Cooper, a late huntsman to the Belvoir, and was by his Trimmer out of Trinket - a grand-looking bitch, and one that would take a lot of getting over by the best of the present time; Trinket was by the Belvoir Earth Stopper's Trap out of Ben Morgan's Nettle; Trimmer, from the Grove, was by a favourite dog of the late Sir Richard Sutton's, out of a bitch belonging to Tom Day, late huntsman to the Quorn. Ben Morgan was huntsman to Lord Middleton, and he got Nettle from his brother at the Grove. I have seen Nettle; she was a very good looking terrier, rather heavily marked with black and tan; she got a prize or two at the early Yorkshire shows.
The Belvoir Earth Stopper's Trap was by the late Will Goodall's Doc, bred by a late huntsman called Rose; and Goodall always declared that Doc was the only dog he ever had or knew that could draw a fox out of the main earths near Belvoir Castle.
Cooper took great pains in keeping the breed pure during his time at Belvoir, and got several of the old black and tan sort, mentioned before, from Mr. Wm. Singleton, of Caythorpe, near Grantham, a noted breeder of them, and he kept them free from bull for over forty years. This strengthens my belief that the white, black, and tan terrier of the present day is, or should be, descended from the old black and tan. I cannot trace the present breed of Belvoir terriers further back than Tom Goosey's day, over forty years ago; his Tyrant was a noted dog, and he afterwards became the property of Sir Thomas Whichcote, who has kept the breed pure up to the present day. Sir Thomas bred the celebrated Belvoir Venom from this strain when young Goodall was with him, and there are three terriers still in existence by Belvoir Joe out of Belvoir Venom, viz., two of which belong to Will. Goodall, of the Pytchley, named Viper and Violet, the other being the property of Cooper, called Grip. These, it is needless to say, I look upon as the best bred terriers now living, and their blood is invaluable to all lovers of the pure kennel terrier.
Jack Morgan has been, I believe, chiefly instrumental in bringing the Grove terriers to the perfection they attained, for it is beyond dispute that the Grove have turned out two as good, or better, than anything of the present day. These are Old Jock and Grove Nettle. Jock was out of the Grove Pepper, by a black and tanned dog, Capt. Percy Williams's Jock; but I do not quite know the correct pedigree of Nettle. I believe she was by a dog belonging to Mr. J. B. Hodgson, M.F.H., out of Gimlet, by old Grove Tartar out of Rose, by Grove Trickster out of Nettle, by a Grove dog out of Mr. Foljambe's old Cambridge Vic. There was a Nettle breed as above, and she is either Grove Nettle or Ben Morgan's Nettle. I see, however, in the Kennel Club Stud Book that Grove Nettle is said to be by Merry's Grove Tartar out of Rev. W. Handley's Sting. I have omitted to state that J. Morgan's Spit and Topper were good dogs, and the sires of good ones.
The Quorn have never been famed for their terriers, although I believe Mr. Musters had Bagman and Fussey when Master and Mr. Mur-chison had a nice bitch named Psyche from those kennels, who won a prize, beating that miserable specimen Bellona. Mr. Murchison put Psyche to Old Jock, and Mr. Allison got one of the pups, which I have seen; it was a rare sort, and perfection for its work. Fan, also from the Quorn, bred the prize dog Pantaloon; she was a very beautifully made bitch, with excellent coat. Terriers are never used in a galloping country like the Quorn, excepting in cub hunting time, when Tom Firr takes out a couple, descended from the present prize strains, and I believe they do their work well when needed. The Duke of Grafton always had a good terrier, and Crab, a noted dog some years ago, was by Belvoir Joe out of a bitch of his.
Ben Morgan, when with Lord Middleton, got together a good team of terriers, chiefly from his brother, and they won a prize or two in Yorkshire. Will Thompson, the earth stopper, has kept up the breed, and bred Jester II. from Vic, a direct descendant of the old breed. The York and Ainsty had a good lot in the time of old Will Danby, but since he left they have been crossed with bull.
Having reviewed the most noted breeds of pure kennel terriers, let us consider how many dogs there are available for stud purposes, possessing the pure blood in their pedigree, unalloyed by the objectionable strains of beagle and Italian greyhounds. The Foiler blood is good, and I should not object to breed from his son Flinger out of Brokenhurst Nettle, by Hornet out of Cottingham Nettle. Reflections have lately been cast on the breeding of Cottingham Nettle; but, whether the pedigree given with her is correct or not, she looks a well-bred terrier, and I have no doubt she is one. She is also the dam, granddam, and great-granddam of winners; and I like the heading of her son Jester, by Old Jock. Jester II. is, in my opinion, second to nothing, but Viper and Grip for good kennel blood; he is by Old Jester out of Vic, by Old Tartar out of the Old Vic, a daughter of Old Nettle. Another good bred dog is Beppo (late Viper), by Belgrave Joe out of Vixen, by Terry's Trapper out of Vene, by Old Trap. And Mr. Gibson's Brokenhurst Joe, by Belgrave Joe out of Tricksy by Chance, will do, as will Turk; for although there is a doubt about his breeding, he undoubtedly gets good stock, and he is also the grandsire of winners.