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Pym," * and “Puck,”ť son of “ John Pym.” “ Meadow' bred at Birseslees. Sometimes a Dandie pup of a good strain may appear not to be game at an early age ; but he should not be parted with on that account, because many of them do not show their courage till nearly two years old, and then nothing can beat them ; this apparent softness arising, as I suspect, from kindness of heart.
The mustard-coloured bitch from which the above sketch was taken belongs to the breed referred to, as far as I can truce her pedigree, and answers to the description ; but I have not been able to obtain positive proof of her entire purity of blood, the
Long Newton, Roxburgshire. Dam, “Schann;" sire, “Pepper ; " pupped early in December, 1814. “Pepper” and “ Schann” are the property of Sir George II. S. Douglas, Baronet, of Springwood Park, Captain 311h Regiment of Infantry. * Schann was bred at Bowhill, Selkirkshire; dam, his Grace the Duke of Buccleugh’s “Schann; sire, “Old Pepper,” also the property of his Grace.
‘Schann," at Bowhill, was bred by John Stoddart, at Selkirk. Dam, “Schiann ;” sire, “Old Dandy.” J. Stoddart's “Schann was bred at Hindalce by Mr. Scott, the successor to James Davidson in that place.
· Pepper," at Birseslees, was bred by Mr. Laug, Selkirk ; but as Pepper” is now thirteen or fourteen years of age, and as Mr. Lang's bitch had about that period litters to different celebrated dogs of that breed, there is now a doubt which of those breeds he is really the produce of. “Old Pepper” is claimed as being bred by more than one celebrated breeder.
“Old Dandie was bred by Mr. Stoddart.
* “John Pym" was by “ Shem," a dog which belonged to Mr. Somner, of Kelso : dam, a bitch belonging to John Lauder, “Old Melrose,” and bred by Mr. Frain, of the Trows, near Kelso.
† Puck,” Dr. Brown's present dog, was got by his old dog “Pym,” out of a bitch called Tib." “ Tib” was bred by Purves, of Leaderfoot : sire, “Old Dandie,” the famous dog of “Old Stoddart,” of Selkirk; dam, “Whin," a very well-bred bitch.
breed having, I believe, been obtained surreptitiously a generation back. It will be seen that the points differ a good deal from those usually ascribed to this breed in England, where the Dandies have almost invariably prick ears, and are of smaller size, seldom exceeding 10 or 12 lbs.
Of this English mongrel the following is a characteristic sketch, in a somewhat exaggerated form.
The Skye Terrier is remarkable for his long weasel-shaped body, and for his short fin-like legs, added to which he has a long rather than a wide head, and also a neck of unusual dimensions, so that when measured from tip to tail the entire length is more than three times his height. The nose is pointed, but so concealed in the long hair which falls over his eyes, that it is scarcely visible without a careful inspection ; eyes keen and expressive, but small as compared with the spaniel. The ears, if falling, are large and slightly raised, but turning over; in the prick-eared variety, which is by many in the north preferred, the ears stand up like those of the fox;
tail long, but small in bone and standing straight backwards, that is, not curved over the back, but having only a very gentle sweep to prevent touching the ground. Fore legs slightly bandy, yet this is not to be sought for, but to be avoided as much as possible, though always more or less present. The dew-claws are entirely absent, and if present may be considered a mark of impurity. The colours most in request are steel-grey, with black tips; fawn with brown tips to ears and tail; black, fawn, or blue, especially a dark slaty blue; the slightest trace of white is carefully avoided. The hair is long and straight, hard, and not silky, parted down the back, and nearly reaching the ground on each side, without the slightest curl or resemblance to wool. On the legs and on the top of the head it is lighter in colour than on the body, and is softer and more silky. This dog is little used as a sporting or vermin dog, being chiefly reserved for the companionship of man, but he is sometimes employed as a vermin-killer, and is as game as the rest of the terriers when employed for that purpose. His weight is from 10 to 18 lbs., averaging about 14. But the variations in this particular, as indeed in almost all the points of the Skye terrier, are numerous beyond description. Thus there are, first of all, two if not three kinds of the pure Skye: one rather small in size, with long soft hair; another considerably larger, and with hard wiry hair ; while again, between these two, a third may, by hair-splitters, be readily made out. Then there is also a cross between the Skye and Dandie, which partakes in nearly equal proportions of the characteristics of each ; and, lastly, most of the Skye terriers about London are crossed with the spaniel, giving them that silky coat and jet black colour which are admired by the ladies, but mark impurity of blood. This cross is detected by the worn-out appearance of the hair on the face up
to the brow. The Skye is a very good vermin dog, and will hunt anything.
The Fox Terrier was originally kept as an addition to every pack of foxhounds, being always so handy as to be up within a very few minutes of running to ground. Now hounds are so fast that he would be left many miles behind in a run, and dependence is therefore placed upon any chance terrier at hand when one is wanted. But in proportion as he has ceased to be used in the hunting-field, he has attained popularity as the most fashionable
companion for young men, and of late years the classes of foxterriers at our dog shows have been the most numerous and generally interesting
The points are as follows: Head flat, and narrow between the eyes, but wider between the ears,—these are set rather back but lie close to the cheek, and are small and thin ; jaw strong, mouth level, and teeth strong; eyes small and keen; nose black; shoulders straight, not too wide; chest full and round, but not deep; neck light and coming beautifully out of the shoulder ; back