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when travelling, the stifies not turned outwards, the legs free of feather, and covered, like the head, with as hard a texture of coat as body, but not so long.
Coat—Hard and wiry, free of softness or silkness, not so long as to hide the outlines of the body, particularly in the hind quarters, straight and flat, no shagginess and free of lock or curl.
Colour.—Should be “whole coloured,” the most preferable being bright red, red, Wheaten, or yellow red. White sometimes appears on chest and feet; it is more objectionable on the latter than on the chest, as a speck of white on chest is frequently tobe seen in all self-coloured breeds.
Size and Symmetry—The most desirable weight in Show condition is, for a dog 24lbs., and for a bitch 221bs, The dog must present an active, lively, lithe, and wiry appearance; lots of substance, at the sametime free of clumsiness, as speed and endurance, as well as power, are very essential. They must be neither “ cloddy nor cobby,” but should be framed on the “lines of speed,” showing a graceful “racing outline.”
Temperament—Dogs that are very game are usually surly or snappish. The Irish terrier as a breed is an exception, being remarkably good tempered, notably so with mankind, it being admitted, however, that he is, perhaps, a little too ready to resent interference on the part of other dogs. There is a heedless, reckless pluck about the Irish terrier which is characteristic, and, coupled with the headlong dash, blind to all consequences, with which he rushes at his adversary, has earned for the breed the proud epithet of “The Dare Devils.” When “off duty” they are characterised by a quiet, caressinviting appearance, and when one sees them endearingly, timidly pushing their heads into their master’s hands, it is difficult to realise that on occasions, at the “ set on,” they can prove they have the courage -of a lion, and will fight unto the last breath in their bodies. They develop an extraordinary devotion to, and have been known to track, their masters almost incredible distances.
SCALE OF Pomrs.
POSITIVE POINTS. NEGATIVE POINTS.
Head, ears, and expres- White nails, toes, and
sion ...................... .. 20 feet ................ ..minus 10 Legs and feet ............. .. 15 Much white on chest ,, :0 Neck ......................... . . 5 Dark shadings on Shoulders and chest .... .. IO face ................ .. ,, 5 Back and loin . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 5 Moth undershot or Hindquarter and stern IO cankered .......... .. ,, IO Coat ...................... .. 1 5 Coat, shaggy, curly, Colour ...................... .. 10 or soft ............. .. ,, 10 Size and symmetry ....... .. 10 Uneven in colour ,, 5
Total . 100' Total 5o
This “club description” was altered and revised. in 189'], as previously it had given rise to a considerable amount of controversy. Unlike the Bed-lington terrier, the Irish terrier is progressive in public estimation, and, although no individual specimen has yet reached the price occasionally given for a fox terrier, collie, or St. Bernard, “ threefigure purchases” are by no means unusual, and a bondfide offer of £220 was not long ago made for' a couple of Irish terriers which had not up to that time appeared in public. I have already alluded. to the fact that £150 was paid for a puppy, and thepecuniary value of Bolton Woods Mixer could scarcely be estimated.
Some of our American cousins have taken kindly to this dog, and on many parts of the continent and in our Colonies he is likewise a favourite It isv quite gratifying to find that a lady in Holland, Miss Hulscher succeeded in breeding, at any rate a. couple of Irish terriers, Helga and Hypatia, which. proved themselves quite good enough to more than hold their own at the leading canine exhibitions in this country.