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VII.

THE AIRED ILE TERRIER.

HERE we hive the large variety of the terrier admir.rs of the dog have yet prucured, and big though he may be, our biose sperimes itre now thoroughly territ:r-like in type, and perfectly free from any of the huund-lian appuarance which at 1,70 time appeait j « prevail. How he was originaily produced there is, is usual, no record 10111! but that he is a comp.ratively modem insition is an undoubted fact.

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CHAPTER VII.

THE AIREDALE TERRIER.

Here we have the largest variety of the terrier admirers of the dog have yet produced, and big though he may be, our best specimens are now thoroughly terrier-like in type, and perfectly free from any

of the hound-like appearance which at one time appeared to prevail. How he was originally produced there is, as usual, no record to tell, but that he is a comparatively modern institution is an undoubted fact.

For forty or fifty years, perhaps more, the big terriers of this kind were found in some parts of Yorkshire, commonest in the valley of the Aire, and round about Bradford. Some of the gamekeepers had them, the sporting innkeepers kept two or three, and generally they were favourite dogs in the locality. They were strong and useful, good at vermin in the water, fond of hunting, and were by no means quarrelsome even amongst themselves. that at one time or another they had been produced

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by judicious crossing with hounds and terriers, otter hounds most likely. A few couple of the latter and of cross-bred hounds had always been kept in Yorkshire, where they were used for mart hunting, once a most favourite pastime with north country sportsmen, and the above crossed with some ordinary dark-coloured, wire-haired terriers could very easily bring about such a dog as the Airedale terrier is now.

Of late years he has been most carefully bred, the over-sized ears have almost entirely disappeared, and in their place is a neat, drop ear quite in keeping with the character of the dog and the work he has to do, and there are few varieties of the terrier that have made greater progress in popularity than the one of which I write Personally, I have been astonished at the number of Airedale terriers I have seen in the south of England and in the suburbs of the metropolis; after the fox terrier, who comes first in numbers, he certainly appears to divide favouritism with the Irish terrier. This is, perhaps, because he is a sensible sort of dog, and too big for the dog stealer to pick up and hide away in the pockets of his greatcoat. Then he is not without his admirers in America and on the Continent, and is a special favourite in Holland and in various parts of Germany.

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