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CHAPTER III.

THE ENGLISH WHITE TERRIER.

ON several occasions I have quoted the number of entries in the “konnel Club Stud Pook" as indicative of the rise or fill in popularity of the different varieties of dogs to which they allude. These figures must not always be taken is an actual and infallible guide either one way or the other, for when the first volume was published the registration of dogs was, as it were, in its infancy. The general public hnew lit:le about the ihing, and only those inimately connected with shows as exhibitors and breeders took the trouble to have their dogs entered.

This is not so now, for pretty nearly everyone who has a dog of good pedigree will have him entered in the “Stud Book," whether it be shown or not.

However, 50 far as the little terrier whose name heads this chapter is concerned, the inference may be correctly drawn, for no Olie believes that this, the most fragile and delicate of all our terriers, is so commun and easily to be found as he was a score of

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On several occasions I have quoted the number of entries in the “Kennel Club Stud Book" as indicative of the rise or fall in popularity of the different varieties of dogs to which they allude. These figures must not always be taken as an actual and infallible guide either one way or the other, for when the first volume was published the registration of dogs was, as it were, in its infancy. The general public knew little about the thing, and only those intimately connected with shows as exhibitors and breeders took the trouble to have their dogs entered. This is not so now, for pretty nearly everyone who has a dog of good pedigree will have him entered in the “Stud Book," whether it be shown or not.

However, so far as the little terrier whose name heads this chapter is concerned, the inference may be correctly drawn, for no one believes that this, the most fragile and delicate of all our terriers, is so common and easily to be found as he was a score of

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years ago. In the first volume of the “ Kennel Club Stud Book," published in 1874, there are fiftyfour entries under the head "English and Other Smooth-haired Terriers,” which did not include black and tans, and was, as a matter of fact, confined to the English white terrier under notice. The second volume contained only ten entries, but in 1893 there were twenty-seven registered, the section being divided according to the sexes.

Three years ago some little impetus was given the variety by the establishment of a club to look after its interests, and judging from the excellent entry made at Liverpool in 1894 this little club must be doing some service. At this show there was certainly the best collection of white terriers I have seen brought together for many years.

Little or nothing is known of the early history of the English white terrier ; where he originally sprang from, who produced him, or for what reason he was introduced, there is nothing to tell the searcher after information on the matter. That he is, and has been for thirty years or so, a variety of the dog in himself there is no doubt. But, although he will kill rats, and is fairly plucky in other respects, he is not a sportsman's companion. He makes a nice house dog, is smart and perky in his demeanour and conduct, requires a considerable amount of cuddling and care,

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