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CHAPTER VIII.

THE LEDLINGTON TERRIER.

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CHAPTER VIII.

THE BEDLINGTON TERRIER.

It is little more than a quarter of a century since public attention was first attracted to the Bedlington terrier, which originally I take to have been at any rate second cousin to the Dandie Dinmont. Both had their origin amongst the sporting men on the English side of the Border ; in many respects the two varieties resemble each other, and, from what one has been told, this resemblance was much greater fifty years ago than it is now. That they are not very far apart at present may be inferred from the fact that some eight years or so ago, at one of the south country shows, the Earl of Antrim exhibited two terriers from the same litter, one of which won in the Dandie Dinmont class, the other receiving an honorary award in the division for Bedlington terriers.

Much has been written as to the early history of the Bedlington terrier ; how its pedigree could be traced back for a hundred years or more, and how

the miners round about Bedlington-a village in Northumberland, from which the dog takes its name -trained the best specimens, and would not dispose of them for "untold gold.” That he was a game, useful terrier goes without saying, or he would not have survived; but, like others of his race, he was the result of judicious crossing with local dogs, and did not owe his origin, or any part of it, to foreign importation.

It is most unpatriotic for writers on canine matters to fly back for the origin of our best dogs to foreign countries. Even this has been done with the Bedlington, as was the case with the Dandie Dinmont terrier. The latter was said to have got its crooked fore legs and peculiar shoulders from a cross with the German dachshund, the writer to that effect for. getting that what would produce it on the one would do so on the other, viz., a long heavy body, too much for the little legs to support without giving way under its weight. Of the Bedlington, it was said that the strain had been brought, about the year 1820, from Holland by a weaver who settled near Longhorsley; but all the Holland there has been about him was that Mr. Taprell Holland was one of his great supporters twenty-four years ago, and a leading exhibitor of the variety in its earlier days.

In the field, 1869, there was a capital illustration

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