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hindquarters, 18; colour, coat, and symmetry, 10 ; quality and Aag, 12– total, 100.
American Gordon Setter Club.-Head, muzzle, and nose, 15; ears, eyes, and lips, 5; neck, 5; shoulders and chest, 15; back, loins, and thighs, 15; legs, feet, elbows, and hocks, 15; stern and flag, 8; colour and markings, 8; texture of coat and feather, 6; symmetry and quality, 8-total, 100.
Such variations as are here shown of the appreciation of individual points are confusing, and leave the impression that the breed wants its actual type laid down with more exactitude to bring it to a stricter “ standard.”
The English Setter Club consists of nearly fifty members, and is controlled by a president, six vicepresidents, a chairman of committee, and fourteen committee men. It also issues a list of sixteen judges. The subscription is one guinea a year, and Mr. George Potteris the Honorary Secretary. The Irish Red Setter Club, of which Mr. S. Brown is Honorary Secretary, issues no list of members ; the subscription is a guinea.
The English setter illustrating this section is Moll O'Leck, bred and owned by Mr. R. R. P. Wearing. She is by Ch. Rumney Rock ex Barton Maud, and was born in July 1902. Her owner describes her as a heavily blue-ticked setter, with a good, long, lean head ; square muzzle ; dark hazel eyes ; good ears, set on low; a nice long muscular neck; good shoulders ; deep chest, and free from any suspicion of throatiness. She is short on the back, and her ribs are well sprung; the best of legs and feet ; well bent stifies ; a capital coat, and a well-feathered, short, beautifully carried stern." She ought to have a great future before her, as she won a championship and several prizes, including two seconds at Birmingham, almost before she was out of her puppyhood. Mr. Wearing considers Moll and her litter sister Meg O'Leck about the two best setters he has bred in his long experience.
The Irish setter I have selected for illustration is Ch. Winifred, bred by the late Rev. R. O'Callaghan, and the property of Mrs. Ingle-Bepler. Winifred is by Ch. Sullivan ex Erne II., and was whelped in April 1895. She is of a dark chesnut colour, without any white, and stands 244 inches at the shoulder. She is the winner of seven championships and over a hundred prizes, and the dam of many winners, including Ch. Bobby Hideheuvel. Mrs. Ingle-Bepler describes her as follows: “ Winifred's eyes are a luminous brown, very expressive ; ears, set on very low, hang in a beautiful fold close to the head ; tail is short, well feathered, and perfectly carried,-in fact her beautiful action and perfect carriage of tail have often won the day for her when competing for sporting special prizes with various breeds of sporting dogs. The colour and quality of her coat are superb ; colour a dark, yet glossy and brilliant chesnut, reflecting every ray of sunshine ; quality fine and perfectly flat, with long, selfcoloured fringes. She is perfectly clean in throat, has a muscular arched neck, very well sprung ribs, deep chest, strong loin and hindquarters. She has big bone, beautiful legs and feet, curved stifles, and low, well-bent hocks. She is ‘field-trial trained,' and was a beautiful worker, but has not been used lately. Looking at her in the most critical spirit, I do not honestly think there is any point in which she could be improved."
THE spaniel family is assuredly one of the most interesting in the dog - world, as demonstrating the art of dog development--more particularly during the last three or four decades. The name embraces at least ten well-defined classifications, divided into two sections—land and water spaniels—and including the Clumber, Sussex, black field, variety field, springer or Norfolk, Welsh, black cocker, and variety cocker. ("Variety," I may explain, means any other variety than black in colour.) The water spaniels include the English and Irish types. Two of these ten tribes, the Norfolk and the Welsh, are regarded with distrust by some leading experts in the fancy, who cast doubts upon their authenticity or distinctiveness of strain. It is not for me to adventure an opinion, as I am but the vehicle of the views of others. So, like a good feeder, I accept what I can get, and having been offered information and illustration of both Norfolk and Welsh spaniels, I share them with my readers,—but at the same time with profound excuses to those acknowledged authorities in the spaniel-world who have assured me there are properly no such breeds in existence !
The spaniel is one of our oldest dogs in its original shape and form—though what that might have been you certainly could not gather from some of the modern