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THE CLYDESDALE TERRIER.
I ONCE heard a man describe this dog as “neither fish, fowl, nor good red herring,” meaning no doubt to express his opinion in a somewhat original manner that the Clydesdale, which was also known as the Paisley terrier until the Kennel Club in 1888 adopted the name at the head of this chapter, is neither one thing nor another; and perhaps he was not far wrong. It has been said that this terrier was originally a cross between the ordinary Skye terrier and the Yorkshire terrier, but, although it is of quite modern origin, no proof has been produced when such crosses took place or who made them. idea it is much more likely that the Yorkshire terriers were produced from the Paisleys or Clydesdales, and we all know that, until within a comparatively recent date, the former were known as “Scotch terriers," and in the first volume of the “Kennel Club Stud Book" their classification is
Broken - haired Scotch or Yorkshire terriers."
This was in 1874, but later the classification was changed to “ Yorkshire terriers,” and as such it still remains. A much more likely origin is that the variety was made by the Glasgow and other Scottish dog fanciers crossing the softer-coated, lightercoloured, prick-eared Skye terriers with each other until they bred fairly truly and produced the Skye terriers in an altered form.
The Yorkshire terrier is a drop-eared: dog; the Clydesdales are all prick-eared, and the latter were even within the present generation shown amongst Skye terriers, and known generally as such, although sometimes they were distinguished as "silky-coated” terriers. The Clydesdale Terrier Club was established in 1887, but ceased to exist after a few years. A fresh club was then formed called the Paisley Terrier Club, which ultimately drifted like so many other specialist clubs have done, and the resuscitated Clydesdale Terrier Club was in 1902 amalgamated with that for Skye terriers. The Kennel Club gave the variety classification in their Stud Book in 1888, but a year or two previously classes had been specially provided for them at the leading Scottish shows. Divisions for them were likewise given at the Jubilee show held at Barne Elms in 1887. Owing to the little support they received, classes for them were discontinued for several years, but at the
Crystal Palace in the fall of 1902 they were again given a place. With two exceptions all the prizes were won by Sir Claude Alexander's dogs, Mr. E. W. Inman and Mr. J. K. Bucknell being the other exhibitors.
I recollect at the earlier Scottish shows, especially those at Glasgow, which were usually managed by the late Mr. Henry Martin, a number of very handsome animals, shown by a Mr. Wilson and others; these dogs, then called Paisley terriers, competed amongst the prick-eared Skye terriers, often enough winning the leading prizes, much to the annoyance of exhibitors of the true breed of Skye terrier . In the end "ructions" took place ; owners of both varieties flew to the news: papers, with the result that it was re-decided that a Skye terrier should have a hard coat, and animals of the Glasgow fancy, with silvery coloured, soft textured jackets, ought to be constituted a variety of themselves. In due course this was done, and such were known as Paisley terriers or Glasgow terriers. Later, the Clydesdale terrier became perhaps the more familiar name, and was eventually adopted by the Kennel Club, so the" Paisley" terrier as such will be unknown in the future, although at the present time there are more specimens of this silky-haired terrier bred in Paisley than elsewhere,