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under the dog, the hocks must move straight, cow hocks or hind legs bent outwards most objectionable. “Coat.—Hard, straight, and wiry, free from silkiness anywhere; about 2% in long on body, shorter on the head and ears, save a beard on the chin, short and hard on the legs, on no account curly; a soft, curly, or open coat objectionable. “Colour.—Red-yellow, wheaten, or light brown inclining to grey; the best colour is orange tipped with red, the head slightly darker than the body, and the ears slightly darker than the head. The colour should not run out on the legs a dirty or dull dark red; a mahogany shade is objectionable. “Sige.—Height, dogs 16in. to 16%in., bitches 15%in. to 16in. ; length from shoulder to set on of stern, dogs 14%in. to 15% in., bitches 14in. to 15in. ; girth of chest, 20%in. to 21%in.; weight for dogs 20lb. to 24lb., bitches 18lb. to 22lb. “General appearance.—The Irish terrier should appear to be of good constitution, somewhat rough in outlook, but thoroughly symmetrical. As the stern is high set on it gives the hind quarters a somewhat jumped-up look; the movements are rather jerky behind, as if the hind quarters possessed the power of moving quicker than the fore-end—almost a hare-like movement; the expression should be wicked, but intelligent, altogether a rough, merry, but gamelooking terrier, not cobby nor too coarse. “Temperament.—Temper very good, often shy, but always game. When at work, utterly without fear, and rather headstrong; when in the house, quiet, affectionate, and loving. It is a characteristic of the Irish terrier to thrust his nose into his master's hand, or rest the head on his foot, or against his legs.”
Positive Points. NEGATIVE Points. Value. Value. Head ..................... IO White on toes or feet... 5 Teeth and eyes ......... IO Mouth undershot or Ears ..................... to overshot............... 20 Neck ..................... 5 Very much white on Legs and feet............ I 5 chest .................. 5 Chest and shoulders ... Io Coat curly or soft ...... 2O Back and loin and hind quarters ......... 15 Coat ..................... IO Colour .................. 5 General outline ......... IO I OO 50
Brindled in colour, nose cherry or flesh-coloured; white legs—indeed any white, either on the feet, chest, or elsewhere, is objectionable. At four or five years old a few white hairs, giving a grizzly appearance about the muzzle, is not detrimental.
The following is the description issued by the Irish Terrier Club :
PoSITIVE POINTS. NEGATIVE Points.
Head, jaw, teeth, and White nails, toes, eyes..................... I 5 and feet......... minus Io
Ears ..................... 5 Much white on
Disqualifying Points: Nose cherry or red. Brindle colour.
“Head. —Long ; skull flat, and rather narrow between ears, getting slightly narrower towards the eye; free from wrinkle; stop hardly visible, except in profile. The jaw must be strong and muscular, but not too full in the cheek, and of a good punishing length, but not so fine as a white English terrier's. There should be a slight falling away below the eye, so as not to have a greyhound appearance. Hair on face of same description as on body, but short (about a quarter of an inch long), in appearance almost smooth and straight; a slight beard is the only longish hair (and it is only long in comparison with the rest) that is permissible, and that is characteristic. “Teeth.-Should be strong and level. “Lips.-Not so tight as a bull terrier's, but wellfitting, showing through the hair their black lining. “Mose.—Must be black. “Eyes.—A dark hazel colour, small, not prominent, and full of life, fire, and intelligence. “Ears.--When uncut, small and V-shaped, of moderate thickness, set well up on the head, and dropping forward closely to the cheek. The ear must be free of fringe, and the hair thereon shorter and generally darker in colour than the body. “Meck.-Should be of a fair length, and gradually widening towards the shoulders, well carried, and free of throatiness. There is generally a slight sort of frill visible at each side of the neck, running nearly to the corner of the ear, which is looked on as very characteristic. “Shoulders and Chest.—Shoulders must be fine, long, and sloping well into the back; the chest deep and muscular, but neither full nor wide. “Back and Loin.—Body moderately long; back should be strong and straight, with no appearance of slackness behind the shoulders; the loin broad
and powerful and slightly arched; ribs fairly sprung, rather deep than round, and well ribbed back. “Hind Quarters.-Well under the dog; should be strong and muscular, the thighs powerful, hocks near the ground, stifles not much bent. “Stern.-Generally docked; should be free of fringe or feather, set on pretty high, carried gaily, but not over the back or curled. Feet and Legs.-Feet should be strong, tolerably round, and moderately small; toes arched, and neither turned out nor in ; black toe-nails are preferable and most desirable. Legs moderately long, well set from the shoulders, perfectly straight, with plenty of bone and muscle; the elbows working freely clear of the sides, pasterns short and straight, hardly noticeable. Both fore and hind legs should be moved straight forward when travelling, the stifles not turned outwards, the legs free of feather, and covered, like the head, with as hard a texture of coat as body, but not so long. “Coat.—Hard and wiry, free of softness or silkiness, not so long as to hide the outlines of the body, particularly in the hindquarters, straight and flat, no shagginess, and free of lock or curl. “Colour.—Should be “whole-coloured,’ the most preferable being bright red; next wheaten, yellow, and grey, brindle disqualifying. White sometimes