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the latter gentleman never being without a few couples running with his scratch pack of bounds upon and about the wild, rough country surrounding Beddgelert. Again, the late Mr. Rumsey Williams, of Carnarvon, was an ardent admirer of this variety, and several of the earlier strains which have won show bench prizes can be traced from his stock—Mr. Dew’s Topsy, Mr. E. Jones’s Tansy, .and Mr. C. W. Roberts’s Welsh Dick being the most notable examples.” Leaving North Wales .and going southwards, the same correspondent said that Welsh terriers had been known there for one hundred and fifty years in connection with the Glansevin bounds, and likewise with the Abererch Hunt for almost as long a period. Now all these dogs, of somewhat different strains, were produced of similar type. Some were larger than others, some shorter and thicker in head, nor were they all identical in build and height from the ground; still, a similarity in appearance ran throughout, which plainly betokened a common origin.
In addition to this practical argument in favour of the Welshness of these terriers, classes were first made for them at Welsh shows, the one held at vCarnarvon in July, 1885, I believe, being the earliest of all; but it was at Bangor, in the following August, that the meeting took place which
inaugurated the club, following a suggest on made by a correspondent in the columns of the Field some short time earlier.
Returning for a moment to he various animalsexhibited as Welsh terriers, it is remarkable that by far the three best dogs up to a certain date were English-bred ones, and of English extraction, and two of them came from the district of South Durham and North Yorkshire. The latter were The VVelsher, first shown by Mr. A. Maxwell, then of Croft, near Darlington, and the puppy Mawddwy Nonsuch, purchased from the same gentleman for a large sum by Mr. Edmund Buckley, the well-known master of otter hounds. For a long time this dog had an unbeaten certificate. The third was the well-known General Contour, whose pedigree wasunknown, but he was credited with being an English-man so far as blood is concerned.
Another good dog about that time was little BobBethesda, a true Welshman, and such dogs as Lieut.-Col. Savage, Mr. W. S. Glynn, Mr. NV. M. Herbert, and other exhibitors now show, are for the most part “pure Welsh,” at any rate for some few generations back; but the short, characteristic heads have disappeared, and in their place have come long, terrier-like faces, with nice expression and perhaps an improvement on the old style
Still the writer has always had more than a passing fondness for the “ have beens.”
A fairly, and not more than fairly, distinguishing type has been produced, of which Mr. J. H. Harrowing’s Brynhir Joe, his sister, Dolly; Mr. W. Hassell’s Nan; Mr. W. S. Glynn’s Dim Saesonaeg; Mr. D. R. McDowell’s Cymro Dewr II., Mr. R. Freme’s Mona Fach and Lady Cymraeg; Mr. Roberts' Lady Ceredwen; Lieut.-C0l. Savage’s Sir Launcelot; Dr. Marsh’s Cymro-o-Gymry; Mr. T. H. Harris’ Nell Gwynne and Red Palm; Mr. W. H. Thomas’ Resiant; Mr. F. Bouch’s Nettle II. and Hulton Marvel; Mr. H. Reynolds’ Norton Ruth and Rosary; Mr. W. Davis’ Torgoch; and Mr. C. ‘james’ Vagrant were perhaps the best that were shown some half dozen years ago. Since then two or three exhibitors have given great attention to the variety, Mr. W. S. Glynn especially so, and he holds perhaps the best‘ kennel of the variety ever in the hands of one man. His Brynhir Bumper, Brynhir Burglar, Badger, Burnish, Buxom, Belle, and Ballad form a grand team. The latter, at Birmingham in 1902, added additional lustre to her family by having awarded to her a special cup as the best terrier of certain varieties in the show, an honour which the year before had likewise fallen to the share of a Welsh terrier in Mr. W. J. M.
Herbert’s Ningwood Nailor. Col. Hugh Savage, Bangor, has also a strong lot of these little dogs, so has Mrs. H. D. Greene, of Shropshire; Miss Savage, of Birkenhead, at one time owned some excellent specimens, and has a few now. Then Mr. Herbert’s (Aberdare) Ningwood Nailor, already named, is one of the best dogs we have had of late. Just now there are many energetic admirers of the Welsh terrier, including Mr. W. B. Davenport, Mr. P. Gotto, Mr. W. C. Roberts, Mr. F. Bouch, Mr. W. M. Herbert, Mr. M. T. Morris, Mr. R. Hartley, Mr. W. C. Higgs, Mr. W. H. Thomas, Mr. R. Freme, Dr. Marsh, Mr. D. R. McDowell, Mr. T. H. Harris, Mr. A. P. Case, and others, who as a rule are strong supporters of the club.
I think some of the introducers of the Welsh terrier as a variety of its own claimed a little too much for their speciality, and in the Field of Aug. 15, 1885, there is an account of how they can hunt the otter and kill it too. I have seen an ordinary smooth-coated fox terrier, which had been kennelled with hounds, speak on the drag of an otter; but that a terrier, even a Welsh one, can pick up a cold scent by the riverside in early morning and hunt it out from pebble to pebble and rock to rock, now this side the river' and now on that, until the otter is marked in some hover in the bank, I must see
before I can believe. And when the otter is found and swum, and killed by a dozen little terriers with weak jaws, without the aid of the poles and spears and staves of the hunters, a climax is reached which ought to make the Welsh terriers, that are said tO 'do so, the most popular breed of modern times. But no terrier can do such things, nor will anyone who has seen otter hunting with hounds, and knows what punishment the otter can take and give, believe it. Indeed, nature never intended terriers for such work. That the Welsh terrier is a game, plucky terrier, smart and active on land, at home in the water, and free and kind in his disposition, I have no manner of doubt. His blood, too, may be of the bluest. Unfortunately, until a cOmparatively recent date, he has been neglected and overlooked. A pedigree for over a hundred years is good enough for any dog, and such, I am told, some of our Welsh friends are supposed to have. This, with the varied accomplishments he possesses, and his sprightly presence, should enable him to sustain the position in public favour he has so quickly reached.
The following episode demonstrates the gameness of the Welsh terrier: “On Feb. 10, 1901, a ten-yearold Welsh terrier belonging to Mr. Hebe Bedwell,