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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. Inmanhand Mr. 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 newspapers, 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,
and the late Mr. John King was for many years at the head of the fancy there.
The Clydesdale terrier, though he can kill rats, and maybe other vermin, is essentially a pet dog, and usually finds favour as such. Like the Yorkshire terrier, his coat requires keeping in good order by repeated combing and brushing, though in this respect his owners do not take the pains and give the time to his toilet the Yorkshire fanciers do to their favourites, although occasionally the feet of the Paisleys are covered with wash-leather coverings in order that they do not wear away the hair therefrom, and to prevent them unduly scratching and spoiling their coats. I have likewise seen the hair on the head of the Clydesdale terrier tied back over the eyes, and to keep a dog in really tip-top form for the show bench something of this kind is required.
Mr. Thomson Gray, in his “Dogs of Scotland,” who, it will be noticed, uses throughout
the name Paisley” terrier, says: “While possessing all the characteristics of the Skye, as far as form, colour, and length of coat are concerned, ' they have a soft, silky coat, and on this account have been known for the past ten years or so as Glasgow or Paisley terriers. Previous to this, however, they were simply known as Skyes, and
exhibited as such. The Paisley terrier has never
been very widely distributed, and seldom found beyond the valley of the Clyde. At the shows which were held at Glasgow a dozen or more years back, these silky-coated terriers were seen in all their beauty, and the fact of their appearing there as ‘Skye terriers’ was what first brought them into prominence. The fanciers of the hard-coated Skyes rose in arms against them, holding that they were not Skye terriers, as they had silky coats, and were only pretty ‘mongrels’ bred from Skye terrier ‘rejections,’ and ought to be known as Glasgow or Paisley Skyes. On the other hand, the breeders of the silky-coated dogs held, as a matter of course, that the texture of coat their dogs possessed was the correct one. This was untenable, as until the introduction of this variety no Scottish dog 'had a silky or soft coat.
“After the decision against the eligibility of the silky-coated dog to compete in the Skye terrier classes, the breed rapidly declined. A few, how‘ever, held to the breed out of pure love and admiration for it, but they were few. The Paisley fanciers appear never to have lost sight of the dog, and it was not only by keeping and breeding them that they again brought the silky-coated beauties into popularity, but by instituting classes for them at the annual dog shows held at Paisley on New Year’s day. A fresh interest was thus begun in the breed,which has never been allowed to flag. Breeders of hard-coated dogs, more especially if' the coat be long, know how difficult it is to keep up the hard coat, on account of the washing, combing, &c., required to keep the dog in show trim, and also from the idle and indoor life exhibition dogs lead. A pup now and again will be found in a litter with a soft coat, although not quite silky in texture. These a good breeder, as a matter of course, would reject, but how many do really reject them, if they are good in other points? They perhaps do not breed from them, but they do not hesitate to sell them, and thus increase the difliculty by giving good pedigrees to such dogs. In Skye terriers the length of coat is one of the principal points ; one therefore can easily understand how a pup with an extra long coat would be prized, even should the coat be alittle soft. This, ’then, was how. the Paisley terrier originated. The silky-coated dogs, from their great beauty, took the eye, and were greatly prized as pets; and as the demand increased, which it very quickly did when they began to win prizes, they were bred in large numbers, and the points now attained were only arrived at by careful selection and scientific breeding. “ It is unnecessary to go into a minute description of the Paisley terrier, as he is almost a counterpart