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more, Messrs. Castle and Shannon, Mr. C. H. Joliffe, Mr. T. Millar, Mr. F. H. Potts, Mr. G. H. Procter, Mr. F. J. Astbury, Mr. W. H. Rothwell, &c. In the United States of America, Mr. A. Belmont, jun., has not only got together a fine kennel, but in addition he imported a clever English manager, German Hopkins, to look after its inmates. Australia and New Zealand have proved themselves thoroughly English by their importations of fox terriers, and in due course we may expect to find these colonies throwing down the gauntlet to the old country in friendly rivalry on the show bench, as they have done with such success in the cricket field and on the water. Some of our French and German friends have also taken kindly to the little dog, and at many of the continental shows specimens of more than average merit are continually met with. The following are the description and scale of points drawn up by the Fox Terrier Club, which was established in 1876, and there are several other minor clubs which adopt the same.
“Head.—The skull should be flat and moderately narrow; broader between the ears, and gradually decreasing in width to the eyes. Not much ‘stop ' should be apparent; but there should be more dip in the profile, between the forehead and top jaw, than is seen in the case of a greyhound. The ears should be V-shaped, and rather small; of moderate thickness, and dropping forward closely to the cheek, not hanging by the side of the head, like a foxhound's. The jaw should be strong and muscular, but not too full in the cheek; should be of fair punishing length, but not so as in any way to resemble the greyhound's or modern English terrier's. There should not be much falling away below the eyes; this part of the head should, however, be moderately chiselled out, so as not to go down in a straight slope like a wedge. The nose, towards which the muzzle must slightly taper, should be black. The eyes should be dark rimmed, small, and rather deep set; full of fire and life. The teeth should be level and strong. “Meck, clean and muscular, without throatiness, of fair length, and gradually widening to the shoulders. “Shoulders, fine at the points, long and sloping. The chest deep, but not broad. “Back, short, straight, and strong, with no appearance of slackness behind the shoulders; the loin broad, powerful, and very slightly arched. The dog should be well ribbed up with deep back ribs, and should not be flat-sided.
“Hind quarters, strong and muscular, quite free from droop or crouch; the thighs long and powerful; hocks near the ground, the dog standing well up on them, like a foxhound, without much bend in the stifles. “Stern, set on rather high, and carried gaily; but not over the back, or curled. It should be of good strength, anything approaching a pipe-stopper tail being especially objectionable. “Legs, viewed in any direction, must be straight, showing little or no appearance of ankle in front. They should be large in bone throughout, the elbows working freely just clear of the side. Both fore and hind legs should be carried straight forward in travelling, the stifles not turning outwards. The feet should be round, compact, and not too large; the toes moderately arched, and turned neither in nor out. There should be no dew claws behind. “Coat, should be smooth, but hard, dense, and abundant. “Colour.—White should predominate. Brindle, red, or liver markings are objectionable. Otherwise this point is of little or no importance. “Symmetry, Size, and Character—The dog must present a generally gay, lively, and active appearance. Bone and strength in a small compass are essentials; but this must not be taken to mean that a fox terrier should be cloggy, or in any way coarse. Speed and endurance must be looked to as well as power, and the symmetry of the foxhound taken as a model. The terrier, like the hound, must on no account be leggy; neither must he be too short in the leg. He should stand like a cleverly-made hunter — covering a lot of ground, yet with a short back, as before stated. He will thus attain the highest degree of propelling power, together with the greatest length of stride that is compatible with the length of his body. Weight is not a certain criterion of a terrier's fitness for his work. General shape, size, and contour are the main points; and if a dog can gallop and stay, and follow his fox, it matters little what his weight is to a pound or so, though, roughly speaking, it may be said he should not scale over 20lb. in show condition.”
“Mose, white, cherry, or spotted to a considerable extent with either of these colours. “Ears, prick, tulip, or rose. “Mouth, much undershot or overshot.” The above points and descriptions, though carefully drawn up by a consensus of authorities, are somewhat conflicting, especially where it is stated that the teeth should be level and strong, for later on in the disqualifying points we are told that, only for being “much undershot or overshot ” should disqualification take place. Ninety-nine judges out of a hundred will disqualify a dog however little undershot he may be, and quite right too; instances where they have not done so have only occurred where the judge has failed to notice the defect. Terriers a little overshot or “pig-jawed” are not so severely treated, though, of course, a perfectly level mouth is an advantage. The club has not issued a numerical scale of points specially for the smooth variety, and although judging thereby I believe to be a fallacy, because there is likely to be as much difference of opinion as to the number of points to be allowed separately as collectively, the following apportionment is to my idea about correct, although it differs somewhat from those compiled by other writers.