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Neck .
Chest and back ribs
Back and loin
Elbows . ..
Legs and feet
Colour and coat
Stern .

Total . . Another scale of point values which accompanies the first description given apportions them differently, viz. —Head, 15; neck, 5; shoulders, 20; back and loins, 20; fore legs, 10; hindquarters, 10; feet, 10; stern and coat, 5; colour and symmetry, 5-total, 100.

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FOXHOUND (1850). My illustration represents Ringdove, a hound belonging to the Old Berkeley West pack, of which Mr. Robert Leadbetter is the

master, and he has very kindly selected this typical specimen especially for this illustration. Ringdove was born in March 1900, and is by Rattler out of Actress, and was bred by Mr. A. Gilbey. She won the championship at the Kennel Club Show in 1903, whilst the same pack distinguished itself by supplying the winners of the second prize in dog-hounds, and the best couple of dog-hounds.


AMONGST all the breeds of dog in the world none can establish its generic antiquity more clearly than the greyhound, and none was more widely distributed throughout the old world. We may almost take it that this particular species of dog is as old as the hare, and since it is almost certain that the hare issued out of the ark, it is equally probable that the greyhound did the same. I am not writing in a spirit of levity, but of logic. The monuments of Egypt reveal the fact that four thousand years ago and more the greyhound existed as a well-defined breed in the days of the Pharaohs, and that the sport of coursing was an established one. Assyrian antiquities yield similar evidence. Xenophon enjoyed the sport ; Ovid sang of it in lines that have been often quoted ; Herodotus tells how, when a favourite greyhound died, the usual custom of mourning—shaving the head was performed by the bereaved family to whom the dog belonged ; and Arrian wrote of the breed and its pursuits in his Cynegetticus.

Passing from these classic times to those of our own history, we find the greyhound associated with many British monarchs. Henry II., John, Edward III., Richard II., Henry IV., Henry VIII., Elizabeth and Charles I. are all specifically mentioned in written

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