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appears on chest and feet; it is more objectionable on the latter than on the chest, as a speck of white on chest is frequently to be seen in all self-coloured breeds. “Size and Symmetry.—Weight in show condition, from 16lb. to 24lb.—say, 16lb. to 22lb. for bitches and 18lb. to 24lb. for dogs. The most desirable weight is 22lb. or under, which is a nice, stylish, and useful size. The dog must present an active, lively, lithe, and wiry appearance; lots of substance, at the same time free of clumsiness, as speed and endurance, as well as power, are very essential. They must be neither ‘cloddy' nor ‘cobby,' but should be framed on the ‘lines of speed,” showing a graceful ‘racing outline.' “Temperament.—Dogs that are very game are usually surly or snappish. The Irish terrier, as a breed, is an exception, being remarkably goodtempered, notably so with mankind, it being admitted, however, that he is, perhaps, a little too ready to resent interference on the part of other dogs. There is a heedless, reckless pluck about the Irish terrier which is characteristic, and, coupled with the headlong dash, blind to all consequences, with which he rushes at his adversary, has earned for the breed the proud epithet of ‘The DareDevils.' When off duty' they are characterised by a quiet caress-inviting appearance, and when one sees them endearingly, timidly pushing their heads into their masters' hands it is difficult to realise that on occasion, at the ‘set-on,' they can prove they have the courage of a lion, and will fight on to the last breath in their bodies. They develop an extraordinary devotion to, and have been known to track their masters almost incredible distances.”
This “club description” has given rise to a considerable amount of controversy, but I believe it was drawn up by the leading admirers of the Irish terrier a few years ago, and if fault may be found with one or two of the items, such are of little importance so far as the general delineation of the dog is concerned. Unlike the Bedlington terrier, the Irish terrier is progressive so far as public estimation is concerned, and as I conclude this article I am told of a bond-side offer of £220 for a couple of young dogs which have not yet been placed as the best of their variety.
THIS terrier is our most modoro in , o, and one is apt to wonder how it was that or to his merits have been overlooked. The dog of . ... i write as a Welsh terror w is unknown until
eight years or so ago. To in he oared in some
three entries made of Welsh terriers, or of . ,
ass, d is such. When he was first introduced, a roo or stumpy head, with considerable ter. . . o, or rally, were conso ed to form the to to . . . oow the head has b : “improved." or otherwise, oil it is as long and for 'errier-like as those Mr. Wardle draws on another poss who, following to dictates of fashion, gives us the Wolsh terrier, which is perhaps not Welsh at all, as he to-day. To proceed with my story.