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Secretaryship of Mr. Ashmur Bond. There are also the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Society, and the Dumfries and District Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club. The firstnamed of these four institutions is well off in the matter of challenge plate, possessing no less than twelve trophies, whilst the Irish Club has a couple. In the former there is also an open produce stakes for Dandie Dinmont terrier-brood bitches and their produce, which is calculated to encourage the breed.
The.votes that I have received for the most typical dogs and bitches in the breed contain the names of Ch. Braw Lad, Ch. Puff, Ch. Caigan Duke, Ch. Bonnie Lassie, and Ch. Ashleigh Gyp, and I have selected the first mentioned for illustration.
Ch. Braw Lad was bred and is owned by Mrs. Spencer. Born in July 1900, his sire was Ch. Puff and his dam Orange Blossom. His height is 10 inches, he weighs 221 lbs., and is a pepper dog. Mrs. Spencer describes him as “with a coat of beautiful colour and texture ; immense bone and muscular development; standing on sound legs and feet. He has the true dark eye and domed skull peculiar to this breed, besides being full of quality, with good ear and tail carriage. Add to this that he is a dog of remarkable gameness. It is difficult to find fault with him, but to be severely critical I think an inch added to the length of his body would improve him.” Braw Lad has won five championships under five different judges, and twenty-two firsts, and numerous challenge cups, specials, etc. He is the sire of some grand puppies, but they are too young to have been exhibited at the time of writing.
THE FOX TERRIER (SMOOTH)
IF a vote could be taken as to which is the cockiest, cleanest, smartest, neatest, and most engaging of all the terrier tribe, the election would certainly devolve on the fox terrier, for there can be no manner of doubt but that he is the most popular dog in the country. He supports a journal of his own; monopolises a stud book; is the subject of more than one monograph ; the idol of a vast number of specialist clubs; and his entries at our leading dog shows are as five to one in comparison with the entries of other terrier breeds.
Thus, to take the latest example that presents itself to me, at the Kennel Club's Show at the Crystal Palace in 1903 the terrier entries ran as follows :-Bedlingtons, 7 ; Welsh, 40; Airedale, 53; Scottish, 55 ; Irish, 67; Skye, 73 ; Dandie Dinmont, 91; and fox terriers, 277! And although this ratio may not be sustained in more northern latitudes, analyse where you will and you shall find the subject of this sketch facile princeps.
There are two varieties of fox terriers—the smooth and the wire-haired, but the former is the one that looms largest, and is most generally referred to by the unprefixed name. The fox terrier, as he is accepted to-day, is of comparatively modern creation—that is to say, he stepped forth under his present colours from
the chaos of terrierdom about the 'Fifties. Idolaters of the breed will tell you that he existed a hundred, two hundred, even three hundred years ago. So he did ; so did all dogs in the germ, for they are begotten, not created, though we have come to use the latter word in a particular sense as indicating that a breed of dogs may be so craftily begotten as to be practically original in its developed type. But you cannot claim for the fox terrier the same distinctiveness of type in those "mists-of-obscurity” days as you can for such breeds as the mastiff, the collie, the toy spaniel, the Italian greyhound, and the Maltese dog. In the first place, there is no possible manner of doubt but that the terriers of a hundred years ago were a "scratch" lot; you have only to assure yourself of the fact by peeping into old books, or glancing at old pictures or engravings. The historian, in fact, treats them most cavalierly ; confines the eighteen modern varieties into which the clan has branched into two groupsthe smooth and the broken-haired, and dismisses them with a cold disdain of detail. Even Reinagle illumines us less than was his usual wont in his matchless pictures, as you may see by the outline sketch of his trio of terriers which I am able to give. A second group of three terriers, depicted a few pages farther on, indicates the fashions of 1843, whilst in a book published in 1862 —a “modern” supplement to Cuvier's Animal Kingdom—occurs the following description of the tribe:
The Terrier.-—Two distinct varieties are used for the purpose of entering the burrows of foxes, badgers, etc. The first is generally black on the back, sides, head, and tail; but his belly, neck, paws, and tip of tail a bright or reddish brown, with a spot of the like colour over each eye. The hair is short; the tail is carried slightly curved upwards; the ears are short and erect; and the snout is moderately elongated. Though small, it is a very resolute dog, and a determined enemy of rats, rabbits, and