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Before closing the chapter allusion must be made to the “blue " or slate-coloured terriers which are occasionally produced from this variety, though the parents may be correctly marked themselves. Such “sports " are in reality as well bred as the real article, and are found of all sizes, perhaps more commonly amongst the “toys " and the small-sized specimens than amongst the larger ones. Some are entirely “blue" or slate coloured, others have tan markings. In certain Lancashire towns they are far from uncommon, and have little value set upon them, nor are they acknowledged on the show bench at the present time. Still, at two or three of the earlier canine exhibitions special classes were provided for these “blue terriers,” and once or twice in London a fair entry was obtained.
Mr. Thomson Gray, in his “ Dogs of Scotland,” mentions a dog called the Blue Paul, and earlier writers had also drawn attention to the same animal. I certainly refuse to acknowledge him as a variety, and consider him identical with the “blue terrier ' bred from “black and tans.” Some specimens described may have been larger, stronger, and generally coarser than a perfect black and tan terrier ought to be, but such is not sufficient distinction to make them a distinct variety. There are many well bred black and tan terriers up to 3olb. weight and over, and I have seen more than one “blue” dog bred from such, and what Mr. Thomson Gray would no doubt have considered “a find" as one of the last of the race of the so-called Blue Paul. Some time or other a fancier had a terrier called Paul, and it being a celebrity in its line, which was to kill rats and fight, and being “blue” in colour was called “Blue Paul" to distinguish it from other eminent dogs bearing a similar name. At least, such is my idea of the origin of the name, notwithstanding how I may upset local historians and others who have said Paul Jones gave the dog its name, having brought a specimen home on his return from one of his piratical expeditions.
o, I plaity of the fox to rior is undoubt; d. He ! son running at large in the streets of our cities and towns; in country places he abounts; and go where you will half a dozen fox terriors are to be found for each specimen of any other voy of the anime race. Clubs are established to promote his “sociency and to add to his basty. There is a so-called parent club and there ar, a do n honor affairs of the same kind, local and otherwise. The inx terrer has a journal soloiy to look after its interests, for in the so / , , o, C/o oce the lains of the little dog are supported. Then the torrier has a special stud book; and a volume d entirely to this doo's history and dos ripion os in a published, and met with unusual success; one form, "od by Mr. High soloic and pub! shed at 170, Strand, the latter in its second 'ition--"A History and Description, with Remi, or os of the Fox Terrier," published by Horace