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Hind quarters should be strong and muscular, quite free from droop or crouch; the thighs long and powerful; hocks near the ground, the dog standing well up on them, like a foxhound, and not straight in the stifles.
Stern, set on rather high, and carried gaily; but not over the back or curled. It should be of good strength, anything approaching a pipe-stopper tail being especially objectionable. "Legs, viewed in any direction, must be straight,
, showing little or no appearance of ankle in front. They should be strong in bone throughout, short and straight to the pastern. Both fore and hind legs should be carried straight forward in travelling, the stifles not turned outwards; elbows should hang perpendicular to the body, working free at the side.
“ The feet should be round, compact, and not large; the soles, hard and tough; the toes moderately arched, and turned neither in nor out.
Coat, should be smooth, but hard, dense, and abundant. The belly and under part of the thighs should not be bare.
“ Colour.-White should predominate. Brindle, red, or liver markings are objectionable. Otherwise this point is of little or no importance. Symmetry, Size, and Character.
must present a generally gay, lively, and active appearance.-Bone and strength in a small compass are essentials; but this must not be taken to mean that a fox terrier should be cloggy, or in any way coarse. Speed and endurance must be looked to as well as power, and the symmetry of the foxhound taken as a model. The terrier, like the hound, must on no account be leggy; neither must he be too short in the leg. He should stand like a cleverly-made hunter-covering a lot of ground, yet with a short back, as before stated. He will then attain the highest degree of propelling power, together with the greatest length of stride that is compatible with the length of his body. Weight is not a certain criterion of a terrier's fitness for his work. General shape, size, and contour are the main points; and if a dog can gallop and stay, and follow his fox, it matters little what his weight is to a pound or so, though, roughly speaking, it may be said he should not scale over zolb. in show condition.”
Nose, white, cherry, or spotted to a considerable extent with either of these colours.
Ears, prick, tulip, or rose.
Little additional is there now to be said as to the smooth fox terrier, and my general experience of him as a dog is, that properly trained and entered he cannot yet be beaten.
be beaten. Of course, there are softhearted fox terriers as there are pointers and setters that may be gun-shy, but such are as much the exception in one case as the other. That he is so little used in actual fox hunting is a matter to deplore. Some time ago, when reading that volume of the Badminton Library which deals with hunting, I was mightily surprised to see so little allusion to terriers. Yet the writer, the late Duke of Beaufort, was a hunting man, one who loved to hear his hounds singing in their kennels at night, and was never so happy as when the favourite flowers of his pack were making it warm for bold reynard across the meadows
of the West Midlands. Terriers are only mentioned three times throughout the volume-in one place where they are recommended as assistants to harriers when trying along a hedgerow, again, as likely to be useful to the earthstopper, and on a third occasion as requisites for otter hunting. This neglect notwithstanding, a good fox terrier can still be useful in driving a fox from a drain, and our modern strains might do their duty as well as the best that ever ran between John o' Groats and Land's End. When once properly entered, a fox terrier never seems happy until he gets it—the fox-driven from his, lurking place underground.
Much more-very much more-could be written of the fox terrier, especially as to his work, but those who think I have not said enough must refer back to the “History of the Fox Terrier,” already alluded to. That he will do his duty after game underground goes without saying, and he has likewise been trained by one of the modern electric lighting companies to assist them in a part of their business operations. A correspondent of one of the London daily newspapers, who interviewed the little dog, wrote as follows:
“The method adopted by the Crompton Electric Lighting Company in laying their connections consists in copper strips (technically known as the
strip ') conducted along the whole of their system in culverts underground. It is necessary to carry these strips through the culverts in lengths of about 100 yards each, and they are laid four abreast. These strips are supported on transverse bars at intervals of 10 yards. The difficulty and expense of laying these strips was a serious consideration for the company, until it occurred to the foreman of the works that a terrier might be trained to carry a guide rope along the culverts, to the end of which the strip could be attached, and then easily drawn through. He had in his possession a fox terrier about nine months old, which he immediately began to train for the business. To induce a terrier to travel 100 yards underground is not such a very difficult task, but it must be remembered triat at every 10 yards came the transverse supports, and it was necessary for her to jump over these every time until she could be depended upon to jump over every support without fail, else she was useless for the work in hand, and herein lay the great difficulty in her education. However, by patience and perseverance on the part of her master, aided by the naturally honourable disposition of Strip perfection was reached, and she never makes a single mistake
Working in the dark culverts she can be