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The prototype of the original Dandie Dinmont was a more active and useful animal than is the case with our modern specimens.
The Scottish terrier is, or rather was, another crooked legged dog, but his best friends have already seen that he is more active and comely on straight fore legs; and in due course we shall see as few Scottish terriers winning whose legs are crooked as we do fox terriers and black and tans with a similar deformity; and _I repeat emphatically that no terrier should have crooked fore legs. I have had them, Dandie Dinmonts and Scottish ones too, Skye terriers likewise; but, game and well trained as they were, they were of little use with hounds. They could not keep up with those with which we used to hunt the otter, much less with the fleeter foxhound; and again, in an earth amongst the rocks and crevices, a short-legged, heavily-bodied terrier might get down a shelf up which he could not possibly return, and many and many a time have Dandie Dinmonts had to be lifted over the fences through which my straight-legged dogs could scramble.
In addition to the usual varieties as they are commonly known, named, and recognised in the Stud Books, I have appended a chapter on what may be called actual working terriers; such animals as have been kept in certain districts and by certain families as the best for the purposes for which they were originally produced. Such dogs have survived for their work alone, for their hardihood and gameness, and will no doubt continue so to do to the end. Perhaps there may be so-called varieties of these rough-coated, hardy terriers not mentioned by me; but I cannot do more than allude to such as I have seen, and with which I have been personally acquainted.
The “ Border terriers,” as their name implies, are indigenous to the Border counties, extending even so far south as Westmoreland, Lancashire, and Yorkshire. In some localities their noses have, as it were, been put out of joint by “new breeds,” which are probably smarter in appearance, and more taking to the eye. The Sealy Ham terriers have had a reputation in certain districts in Wales for over half a century. A more modern strain to which I have drawn attention is the extremely varmint looking, short-legged, “ire-haired terrier, which Mr. Cowley has taken—and is still taking— such pains to cultivate, and I believe that these three—varieties if you like—are, for working purposes, equal to anything that can be obtained at the present time. Whether they are handsome will be seen from the illustrations.