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Morris, Mr. W. S. Glynn, Mr. R. Hartley, and others, who as a rule are strong supporters of the club. I think that the introducers of the Welsh terrier as a variety of its own claimed a little too much for their speciality, and in the Field of Aug. 15, 1885, there is an account of how they can hunt the otter and kill it too. I have seen an ordinary smoothcoated fox terrier, which had been kennelled with hounds, speak on the drag of an otter; but that a terrier, even a Welsh one, can pick up a cold scent by the riverside in early morning and hunt it out from pebble to pebble and rock to rock, now this side the river and now on that, until the otter is marked in some hover in the bank, I must see before I can believe. And when the otter is found and swum, and killed by a dozen little terriers with weak jaws, without the aid of the poles and spears and staves of the hunters, a climax is reached which ought to make the Welsh terriers, that are said to do so, the most popular breed of modern times. But no terrier can do this, nor will anyone who has seen otter hunting with hounds, and knows what punishment the otter can take and give, believe it of any small dog. Indeed, nature never intended them for such work. That the Welsh terrier is a game, plucky terrier, smart and active on land, at home in the water, and free and kind in his disposition, I have no manner of doubt. His blood, too, may be of the bluest. Unfortunately, until lately, he has been neglected and overlooked. A pedigree for over a hundred years is good enough for any dog, and such, I am told, some of our Welsh friends are supposed to have. This, with the varied accomplishments he possesses, and his sprightly presence, should enable him to sustain the position in public favour he has so quickly reached. I have no doubt that the so-called Welsh terrier will retain his popularity, because he is a nice little dog of a handy size, and, having usually been reared out of kennels, that is, brought up in the house, is affectionate, kindly, and desirable as a companion, nor is he fond of fighting, and his colour is pleasing. Judges, however, should not lay too much stress upon the rich tan and deep black to the sacrifice of more useful qualities. It is in the matter of colour in dogs where trouble has been caused, and an easy path laid for dishonest practices. I am certain that had not so much been thought of the blue colour in the Bedlington terrier, he would have been a more popular dog to-day, the same with the black and tan English terrier likewise. Colour was required in both, and when nature did not give it, such was produced R
artificially. Now that the Welshman is well established, let his admirers keep to one type and one type alone. Discountenance all trimming and plucking; show your dog naturally and he will be far better than when trimmed, and plucked, and singed, and dyed. To prove how he has prospered I need only draw attention to the Stud Book, where in 1886 there were but half a dozen entries registered, in 1893 there are fifty-one, and signs are not wanting that the latter number will be increased in the near future. The Welsh Terrier Club is quite a powerful and representative body, and it has issued the following description of the dog it has under its wing: “Bead.—The skull should be flat, and rather wider between the ears than the wire-haired fox terrier. The jaw should be powerful, clean cut, rather deeper, and more punishing—giving the head a more masculine appearance than that usually seen on a fox terrier. Stop not too defined, fair length from stop to end of nose, the latter being of a black colour. “Ears.-The ear should be V-shaped, small, not too thin, set on fairly high, carried forward and close to the cheek. “Eyes.—The eye should be small, not being too deeply set in or protruding out of skull, of a dark hazel colour, expressive, and indicating abundant pluck. “Meck.-The neck should be of moderate length and thickness, slightly arched, and sloping gracefully into the shoulders. “Body—The back should be short, and well ribbed up, the loin strong, good depth, and moderate width of chest. The shoulders should be long, sloping, and well set back. The hindquarters should be strong, thighs muscular, and of good length, with the hocks moderately straight, well let down, and fair amount of bone. The stern should be set on moderately high, but not too gaily carried. “Legs and Feet.—The legs should be straight and muscular, possessing fair amount of bone, with upright and powerful pasterns. The feet should be small, round, and cat-like. “Coat.—The coat should be wiry, hard, very close, and abundant. “Colour.—The colour should be black and tan, or black grizzle and tan, free from black pencilling On toes. “Size.—The height at shoulder should be 15in. for dogs, bitches proportionately less. Twenty pounds shall be considered a fair average weight in working condition, but this may vary a pound or so
Numerical points, not issued by the club :
Value. Head, ears, eyes, jaw... 20 Neck and shoulders ... Io Body ..................... IO Loins and hind quarters Io Legs and feet............ I5 65
Value. Coat ..................... 15 Colour .................. Io General appearance and character............... IO
Grand Total, 100.
White in patches on the body or on breast, or elsewhere, to any great extent, and teeth not level, either undershot or overshot, disqualifications.