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of the Skye, with the exception of the coat, which, instead of being hard and wiry, is as silky and long as that of a Yorkshire terrier; the longer and finer the more'value is attached to this point; it is perfectly flat and free from curl. The colour is various shades of blue, dark blue being considered perfection in colour; the hair on head and lower extremities is slightly lighter, but should not approach a linty shade. The length of the hair on head and face gives character to this point; it reaches to the nose, obscuring the eyes completely; the ears must be erect, are well furnished with long hair, the fringe being the material point.
“The tail should not be carried high, but straight, and almost in a line with the back, the parting of the hair at shoulder being continued to the top of the tail, the fringe being thin and hanging straight and gracefully.
“In character and disposition this dog is goodnatured, affectionate, and lively; an intelligent companion, an excellent house dog, and most suitable for a lady who wishes something more substantial than a toy. . . . It is notorious that in this breed more than in any other the poor condition and form in which most of them are exhibited often throws them out of their proper places in the prize lists.”
I agree pretty much with what Mr. Gray says in the description, but I may add that the Clydesdale terrier is not so low on the legs, nor proportionately so long in the back as the Skye terrier. From all one sees and hears, I should not care to prognosticate a favourable future for the variety of which I write. The best strains remain in few hands; few are found outside Paisley nowadays, and although the club may do something towards popularising the variety, the trouble to keep the coat in good order will always be a bar to them as ordinary house dogs. In these sadly impecunious times, when it seems that, with few exceptions, a dog owner wishes to make money by his hobby or fancy, it is not likely that many men so disinterested will be found as to breed a Clydesdale terrier which they cannot sell for more than £15 or £20, when they can, with less difficulty, breed an equally good Scottish terrier that would be worth double the money. Yet with Sir Claude Alexander, of Ballochmyle, and Faygate Wood, Sussex, taking a great interest in them, and Lady Alexander, too, the popularity of this fancy variety of the dog may be increased.
Royal patronage, perhaps, could lift him up somewhat, but he certainly requires more than his own good qualities to raise him in public estimation and make him a popular dog.
The following are the description and points of the Clydesdale terrier as compiled by the Clydesdale Club and Skye Terrier Club of England :
“ General Appearance—A long, low, level dog with heavily fringed erect ears, and a long coat like the finest silk or spun glass, which hangs quite straight and evenly down each side, a parting extending from the nose to the root of the tail.
“Head—Fairly long, skull flat, and very narrow between the ears, gradually widening towards the eyes and tapering very slightly to the nose, which must be black. The jaws strong and the teeth level.
“ Eyes—Medium in size, dark in colour, not prominent, but having a sharp, terrier-like expression. Eyelids black.
“Ears—Small, set very high on the top of the head, carried perfectly erect, and covered with long, silky hair, hanging in a heavy fringe down the sides of the head.
“ Body—Long, deep in chest, well ribbed up, the back being perfectly level.
“Tail.—Perfectly straight, carried almost level with the back, and heavily feathered.
“Legs—As short and straight as possible, well set under the body, and entirely covered with silky hair. Feet round and cat-like. '
“Coatj—As long and straight as possible, free from all trace of curl or waviness, very glossy and silky in texture, with an entire absence of undercoat.
“Col0ur.——A level bright steel blue, extending from the back of the head to the root of the tail, and on no account intermingled with any fawn, light, or dark hairs. The head, legs, and feet should be a clear, bright, golden tan, free from grey, sooty, or dark hairs. The tail should be very dark blue or black.”
SCALE or POINTS.
Value. I Value.
Texture of coat . . . . . . . . . . .. 25 ’ Tail ......................... .. 10
Colour . 25 ; Body ......................... .. Io
‘ Head : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 10 Legs and feet . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 10 Ears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 10
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Grana7 Total, 100.