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A QUAINT and charming little dog of terrier characteristics in every way, hence his appearance in this volume, the griffon Bruxellois, recently introduced from Belgium, is already fashionable in this country, and a favourite, especially with ladies. Its admirers say it combines the gentleness and lovable nature of some of the daintier toy spaniels with the sprightliness and gameness of the Yorkshire terrier. However, be this as it may, there is no doubt this tiny dog has made remarkable progress in the estimation of the lovers of such diminutive specimens of the canine race. It may here be stated that so recently as 1886 the first classes were provided at Belgian shows for griffon Bruxellois, previous to which it was the custom and the rule to enter him in a mixed or variety class of rough or long-coated terriers, &c. Thus I have another reason for his inclusion amongst the terriers.

In 1889 the Club du Griffon Bruxellois was established

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in Brussels, and it may be said that this newest creation in canine society has never looked behind him since.

Its appearance and general characteristics are apparent in the excellent drawing by Arthur Wardle which accompanies this article. Count de Bylandt, an undoubted authority, suggests that this little griffon is a cross between the King Charles or ruby-coloured spaniel and the affenpinscher, the latter a continental toy or lap dog of distinctly terrier characteristics. We believe the griffon Bruxellois to have a considerable amount of Yorkshire terrier blood in his veins, but it seems odd that the origin of such a comparatively modern variety of the dog cannot be successfully traced. In its native country the little creature is subjected to the torture of having its ears cut, and the tail is also docked, the latter being customary here. He is so consequential a creature that there is little difliculty in finding a certain resemblance between him and the terrier in Landseer’s celebrated picture “ Dignity and Impudence.”

The first classes provided for Belgian griffons in this country were at the Show of the Ladies’ Kennel Association in 1895; the Kennel Club gave them a position in their stud book in 1898. Most exhibitions now provide classes for them, whilst there are

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