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CHAPTER II,

THE PILI TERRIER.

OU'R modern. :} terrier is a very different creature from what he is half a century ago, and I know there are

Si ne old “dog fanciers " who refer the brindled it white and fawn or fallow

as dogs, that were , often kept in our grandfui, s' days, to the "mil. hite" animals now seen In show benches.

Tie is little or no doub. :hat the original bull tis Wa a cross between it ordinary kind of fortius and the bull dog, and suite of the largest si

cimens laid a touch of the mastit ihrown in. He id been bred for fighting or for ki?ng rats, and, long before the era of canine exhibitions, some of the rougher so-called sporting men in London and in the Midlands, of which Birmingham may be taken as the metropolis, had strains of more or less celebrity. The dogs that fought with Wombwell's fins at Warwick in 1825 were large bull terriers, 2011 not bull dogs, as stated in the journals of that

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CHAPTER II.

THE BULL TERRIER.

OUR modern bull terrier is a very different creature from what he was half a century ago, and I know there are some old “dog fanciers” who prefer the brindled and white and fawn or fallow smut dogs, that were so often kept in our grandfathers' days, to the “milk-white” animals now seen on our show benches.

There is little or no doubt that the original bull terrier was a cross between an ordinary kind of terrier and the bull dog, and some of the largest specimens had a touch of the mastiff thrown in. He had been bred for fighting or for killing rats, and, long before the era of canine exhibitions, some of the rougher so-called sporting men in London and in the Midlands, of which Birmingham may be taken as the metropolis, had strains of more or less celebrity. The dogs that fought with Wombwell's lions at Warwick in 1825 were large bull terriers, and not bull dogs, as stated in the journals of that

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