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CHAPT ER X.
THE GREAT DANE.

HERE is a dog, not an English animal, but one thoroughly acclimatized to the rigours of our climate, and fairly naturalised. Still, it seems as it were only the other day (it is twenty-four years ago) that Mr. Walsh refused to give it a place in the first edition of his “ Dogs of the British Isles,” which Mr. F. Adcock then requested him to do. I do not think that this dog (under which name, following the Great Dane Club's good example, I include boarhounds, German mastiffs, and tiger mastiffs) has made great progress here. Ten years since he appeared in a fair way to become a favourite. The ladies took him up, the men patronised him, but the former could not always keep him in hand. Handsome and symmetrical though he may be, he had always a temper and disposition of his own, which could not be controlled when he became excited. Personally, I never considered the Great Dane suitable as a companion N

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