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THIS terrier is our most modern introduction, and one is apt to wonder how it was that for so long his merits had been overlooked. The dog of which I write as a Welsh terrier was unknown out of his own pet principality until eighteen years or so ago. Then he appeared at some of our shows; he was given a place in the Stud Book; a club was formed in 1886 to look after his welfare, and at Liverpool in 1893 there were no fewer than ninety-three entries made of Welsh terriers, or dogs that passed as such, and that this was a by no means unusual number is adduced from the fact that at the Birmingham show, in December, 1895, eighty-one entries were made; and at Liverpool, at the end of January in 1896, the entries reached seventy-three; in 1900 there were fifty-nine entries; in 1901 only ten, and in 1902 the numbers were forty-one. I take Liverpool as an example because, owing to its proximity to the principality, it has generally attracted the largest entries of Welsh terriers. These figures do not, of course, mean that so many dogs were actually benched, as many of them competed in more than one class. However, it cannot be denied that the collection of Welsh terriers usually placed upon the benches at our leading shows form as grand-looking a lot of working terriers as man need desire to. see.
When first introduced, a rather'short sturnpy head, bearing considerable terrier expression generally, was considered to form the correct type; now the head has been “improved,” or otherwise, until it is as long and fox terrier-like as those to be seen on the dogs Mr. Wardle has drawn on another page.
The Kennel Club acknowledges this variety of terrier by the name which heads the present chapter, and, in addition, there _is a well-established and flourishing club that looks carefully after its interest. So let it be. Still, there is no gainsaying the fact that some of the earlier terriers of this variety had been produced from parents that never owned a drop of Welsh blood in their veins, that had never seen the principality, and had no more connection therewith than the black and white fisherman’s dog of Newfoundland has with the dog treasured by the monks of'St. Bernard’s hospice. When the newly popularised, black and tan, hard-haired terrier suddenly appeared on the show bench, although then claimed as a native of Wales, or to have originally sprung therefrom, there was evidence to prove that this identical dog had long flourished in the north of England, and in some districts was still to be found uncrossed with the modern fox terrier, and, so far as could be discovered, of comparatively pure blood. '
A striking episode bearing on the above occurred at Darlington show in 1893, when Mr. H. M. Bryan’s Dick Turpin entered in two classes (for both of which he had been registered at the Kennel Club), the one as a Welsh terrier and the other as an Old English terrier, won first prize in the former and came reserve in the latter. These awards were made by specialist judges of both varieties, so there could be nothing said about their incompetence, &c. The matter was brought before the Kennel Club, but their decision did not assist matters in the least, and since that time Dick Turpin has won many prizes in both classes, his last appearance being at Liverpool in 1896, when he came third as “an Old English terrier.” It may be instructive to the future historian of the so-called Welsh terrier to know that this dog was placed in the prize list ten times as a Welsh terrier (once at Birmingham under Mr. VVhiskin, a Welshman), and