The Old Dominion Terrier Club of America Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to save and preserve a breed of dog that had many uses since the 19th Century. From ridding various vermin that plagued farms to baiting game to feed the Settlers, the Old Dominion Terrier has evolved and transformed so many times over. They started with small terrier types brought over from England and soon took many forms and varieties as bred into them for the many needs they filled.

 American Staffordshire Terrier,  and Basenji were added into this variant of the Old Farm dog.  This breed is used for more than just hunting rats and other small vermin. They have been used on wild boar hunts as well as deer to flushing quail and other fowl. They have been used on ranches to guard against coyote and fox. They have also been useful for City dwellers who seek a loyal companion and therapy dog.

​With a limited gene pool, we have scoured the whole United States and narrowed down the remaining breeders who had the last of the Original 52 dogs that made up the look and temperament of what we now call the Old Dominion Terrier. We have gone back in time to include genes that are almost long gone to not only save this breed but to also eliminate dilute color alopecia and natural bobtails (whose DNA could have lethal consequences). We are confident that they have a natural hunting instinct so we are not emphasizing on high prey kill dogs but concentrating on even tempered or Omega personality dogs.

​We look forward to the bright future of this breed and to the next generation of breeders who will uphold our mission.

Acceptable and ODT registerable outcrosses with what are known as Decker Terriers and the foundation of what we are doing are ,American Staffordshire Terrier and Basenji, we are not seeking to create a new breed but to maintain the one we have with their own place and name.    All foundation stock must be registered and in good standing with UKC/AKC/NRTA and have proof of their ancestry.

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