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CHAPTER XV. YORKSHIRE AND OTHER TOY TERRIERS.
THE charming, aristocratic little dog we now know as the Yorkshire terrier has been identified as such for but a comparatively short period, the Kennel Club adopting this nomenclature in their Stud Book for 1886, although many of them are still registered under the head of “toy terriers (rough)».” Prior to this date the name had been hanging about him for'some few years, because the titles of rough, broken-haired, or Scotch terrier, under which he was first known, were thoroughly misleading. During the early days of dog shows the classes in which he competed included terriers of almost any variety, from the cross-bred mongrel to the Dandie‘Dinmont, the Skye, and the Bedlington terriers. Indeed, thirty years since it was no uncommOn sight to see wire-haired fox terriers figuring with others of’a silkier coat under the one common head of ‘:‘ rough or broken-haired terriers.” As a fact, a broken-haired. terrier shOuld ' have been
altogether a/ short-coated dog—the Yorkshire is long-coated to a greater extent than any other variety of the terrier; nor was the title “Scotch terrier,” by which he was most frequently known, at all adapted to him.
How the name of “Scotch terrier” became attached to a dog which so thoroughly had its home in Yorkshire and Lancashire is somewhat difficult to determine, if it can be determined at all, but a very old breeder of the variety told me that the first of them originally came from Scotland, where they had been accidentally produced from a cross between the silky-coated Skye terrier (the Clydesdale) and the black and tan terrier. One could scarcely expect that a pretty dog, partaking in a degree after both its parents, could be produced from a first cross between a smooth-coated dog and a long-coated bitch, or vice versa‘. Maybe, two or three animals so bred had been brought by some of the Paisley weavers into Yorkshire, and there, suitably admired, pains were taken to perpetuate the strain. There appears to be something 'feasible and practical in this, and I am sorry that when the information was given me, more than a quarter of a century ago, by a Yorkshire weaver,'then sixty years old and since dead, I did not obtain more particulars about what was in his day called the “ Scotch terrier.”