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to a certain extent arched, while the hind quarters should be bulky, and the hams densely covered with coat, very often of a softer and more woolly description than is to be found on other parts of the body.

Coat.—Profuse and of good texture, i.e., fairly hard and strong. There should also be a double or under coat.

Colour.—Varies, but preference should be given to dark blue, light or pigeon blue, and steel grey dogs. The colours are generally intermixed with white, which imparts to the dog a more attractive appearance. White collars, legs, chest, and face should be encouraged.

Height.—Fair stand and measurement of the shoulder from 20 inches upwards. The bitches, of course, smaller than the dogs. Great height is not to be encouraged, for it takes away the

corkiness and cobbiness of the dog.

General Appearance.—He is a strong, compactlooking dog, profusely coated all over. He generally gallops with his head down, having a peculiar springing style of movement, and his whole make and shape of body should strike one as being very much after the style of a bear, an animal which people, not conversant with the breed, will generally quote as an analogy.

ScALE of Points.

Value. Value.

Skull ..................... IO Legs (if coated) ......... IO Jaw ........................ 5 Tail (undocked)......... IO Eyes ..................... 5 Neck and shoulders ... Io Nose . ........ ... . ... 5 Body, loin, hindColour .................. IO Quarters ............... IO Teeth ..................... 5 Coat ..................... IO Ears ..................... 5 Marking .................. 5

45 55

Grand Total 1 OO.

The above description has not been received with any great degree of favour in some quarters, still I consider it, together with the scale of points, worth printing here. At any rate, they give some amount of completeness to what has been written on the subject. Without going into any minute criticisms of the matter the club has put together, I may take exception to what is said about the feet being moderately large, and also their particulars as to the tail. Personally I believe a skilful operator can reduce the stern of a puppy in such a manner as to make it an absolute impossibility for even an expert to tell whether this shortening be natural or otherwise, and we must not forget that natural “bob-tails" are less common than the artificial production.

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