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THE CLYDESDALE OR PAISLEY TERRIER.
I once heard a man describe this dog as neither fish, fowl, nor good red herring,” meaning no doubt in his original way to express his opinion that the Clydesdale or Paisley terrier was neither one thing nor another, and perhaps he was not far wrong. It has been said that this terrier was originally a cross between the ordinary Skye terrier and the Yorkshire terrier, but, although it is of quite modern origin, no proof has been produced when such crosses took place or who made them. To my idea it is much more likely that the Yorkshire terriers were produced from the Paisleys or Clydesdales, and we all know that, until within a comparatively recent date, the former were known as “Scotch terriers,” and in the first volume of the
Kennel Club Stud Book" their classification is “ Broken-haired Scotch or Yorkshire terriers.' This was in 1874, but a little later the classification was changed to "Yorkshire Terriers," and as such it
still remains. A much more likely origin is that the variety was made by the Glasgow and other Scottish dog fanciers crossing the softer-coated, lightercoloured prick-eared Skye terriers with each other until they bred fairly truly and produced the Skye terriers in an altered form.
The Yorkshire terrier is a drop-eared dog; the Clydesdales are all prick-eared, and the latter were even within the present generation shown amongst Skye terriers, and known generally as such, although sometimes they were distinguished as “silky-coated terriers. The Clydesdale Terrier Club was established in 1887, but ceased to exist after a few years. A fresh club was then formed, called the Paisley Terrier Club, which still survives, though in a somewhat somnolent condition. The Kennel Club gave the variety classification in their Stud Book in 1888, but a year or two previously classes had been specially provided for them at the leading Scottish shows. Classes for them were likewise given at the Jubilee show held at Barn Elms in 1887; but, although a few representatives were present, the encouragement the committee received was evidently not sufficient for the Kennel Club to encourage the variety at future exhibitions.
I remember at the earlier Scottish shows, especially the Glasgow ones, which were usually
managed by Mr Henry Martin, a number of very handsome animals, shown by a Mr. Wilson and others; these dogs were then called Paisley terriers, and they competed amongst the prick-eared Skye terriers, often enough winning the leading prizes, much to the annoyance of exhibitors of the true breed of Skye terrier. In the end "ructions" took place; owners of both varieties flew to the newspapers, with the result that it
was then re-decided that a Skye terrier should have a hard coat, and animals of the Glasgow fancy, with silvery, soft jackets, ought to be constituted a variety of themselves. In due course this was done, and such were known as Paisley terriers or Glasgow terriers. Later, the Clydesdale terrier became perhaps the more familiar name, and between the two the matter of nomenclature now rests, although the name Clydesdale appears to have the preference. At the present time there are more specimens of this silky-haired terrier bred in Paisley than elsewhere, and Mr. John King is perhaps at the head of the fancy there.
The Clydesdale or Paisley terrier, though he can kill rats, and maybe other vermin, is essentially a pet dog, and is usually kept as such. Like the Yorkshire terrier, his coat requires keeping in good order by repeated combing and brushing, though in
this respect his owners do not take the pains and give the time to his toilet the Yorkshire fanciers do to their favourites, although at times the feet of the Paisleys are covered with wash-leather coverings in order that they do not wear away the hair therefrom, and to prevent them unduly scratching and spoiling their coats. I have likewise seen the hair of the Paisley terrier tied back over the eyes, and to keep a dog in really tip-top form for the show bench something of this kind is required.
Mr. Thomson Gray, in his “ Dogs of Scotland," says: “While possessing all the characteristics of the Skye, as far as form, colour, and length of coat are concerned, they have a soft, silky coat, and on this account have been known for the past ten years or so as Glasgow or Paisley terriers. Previous to this, however, they were simply known as Skyes, and exhibited as such. The Paisley terrier has never been very widely distributed, and seldom found beyond the valley of the Clyde. At the shows which used to be held at Glasgow a dozen or more years back, these silky-coated terriers were seen in all their beauty, and the fact of their appearing there as Skyes was what first brought them into prominence. The fanciers of the hard-coated Skyes rose in arms against them, holding that they were not Skyes, as they had a silky coat, and were only