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in ' for, but the proper hair of these dogs is linty or woolly, with a very slight sprinkling of wire hairs, and this is still the coat advocated by the majority of north country breeders. “Colour.—The original colours were blue and tan, livers, and sandies, and these are still the favourite. The tan is of a pale colour, and so differs greatly from the tan of the black and tan English terriers, and the blues should be a proper blue, not nearly black, which is sometimes seen now. In all colours the crown of the head should be nearly white, otherwise white is most objectionable. “Tail.—The tail should be of moderate length (8in. to Ioin.), either straight or slightly curved, carried low, and feathered underneath. The tail should by no means be curled or carried high on to the back. “Weight.— The weight of these dogs varies greatly, but the average is from 18lb. to 231b., or at outside about 25lb. weight.” Perhaps it may be considered superfluous to give the points and description as adopted by the club and what Mr. Joseph Ainsley wrote on the same subject, but a comparison of the two will no doubt be found interesting. Although earlier in this chapter I have alluded to a certain amount of popularity the Bedlington terrier O
appeared to have attained thirteen or fourteen years ago, I am sorry to state that as an ordinary companion he has not advanced in public favour; and I am sadly afraid that if some admirers of the breed or variety do not soon come to the rescue, a useful, hârdy, and game terrier will be supplanted by a more fashionable dog, which may not be better in any respect. There was a time, and that not very long ago, when the competition in the Bedlington terrier classes at all our shows was much keener than it is now. At Cruft's great exhibition held at the Agricultural Hall, Islington, in March, 1894, with four classes provided, there were but nine dogs competing, not one of which was a really first-rate specimens; this was even a worse entry than that alluded to on another page. It is seldom we see terriers of this variety running in the streets at the heels of their owners, yet they are quite as likely animals for the house and as companions as either the Airedale terrier or the Irish terrier, and are certainly more cleanly than the shorter legged terriers of any of the Scottish strains. Perhaps their lack of popularity is purely accidental, and their opportunity of becoming fashionable canines has not yet arrived.
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commodity ranks only ... " and the St. Bernard in vario. . . . it dog, hence his worth. His popularity has only come abo the past fifteen years o so; dog shows have n his fortune, and the Irish Terrier Club has no roubt assisted him to his high position. It was as far hock as about 1882 that I was judging dogs at Belfast, and was then very much struck with the extraordinary character possessed by sundry Irish terriers which were brought i, o the ring ; they included Mr. J. N. R. Pim's Erin, props the best