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CHAPTER X.
THE PUG.

NOTWITHSTANDING what some writers have said to the contrary, I believe that little change has been made in the appearance and in “the points" of the pug during the past forty years. Twenty years ago “Idstone” (the Rev. T. Pearce) said there were not half a dozen good specimens to be found in the country, and that a quarter of a century before he wrote the pug was the rarest of all “toy dogs.” I must, however, take exception to the remarks of that pleasant writer, for when he published his book of the dog, pugs of great excellence were to be found in considerable numbers throughout the length and breadth of the land, nor at any time within the present century have they been so rare as either the Italian greyhound, the Maltese terrier, or even as the Yorkshire terrier. Unfortunately, prior to the introduction of dog shows, cruel custom had insisted that the pug dog looked most lovely when robbed of its ears. They were not merely cut off and artistically

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