Terriers of the British Isle
Published in 1922
The Black-and-Tan Terrier cannot be recommended to
anyone who wishes to go in for dog breeding, and to make money by it,
for the simple reason that the demand for these Terriers is never likely
to be very great. To be commercial success a breed must be
sought after, ad the demand steadily maintained.
As previously stated, really high prices have never
been paid for these dogs--at any rate, in comparison with any other
varieties. Come of the miniature specimens of fashionable breeding
can be bought for six or seven guineas, rarely exceeding £20 or
Doubtless the Black-and-Tan Terrier will always
maintain a position among its colleagues, but it will never be a
preeminent one. At some period of its making this Terrier has had
either Bull and Terrier or Bull Terrier blood introduced, as proved by
the conformation of many of the different specimens, whilst whatever
refining influence came into play has, in all probability, been due to
the Whippet. The breadth of the skull, the broad hindquarters, and
the carriage of the stern in the specimens referred to indicates Bull
Terrier influence, whilst the long lean head, the fine limbs, the tucked
up flank, and the whip-like tail observed in the most typical
representatives of the breed points to Greyhound or Whippet blood.
Time and selection have eliminated defects, and a refined type of
Terrier has been the result.
The Black-and-Tan Terrier, in make and shape, had its
prototype in the English White Terrier--a variety still more difficult
to breed true to type and of which there are few specimens.
Common defects in Manchester Terriers are too light
in shade of tan markings, breeching, bad carriage of stern, and want of
symmetry, with faulty heads and bad carriage of ears.
To be typical, the Black-and-Tan Terrier should not
show the remotest shade of Bull Terrier features. The reader will
probably ask, "Why not?" The answer is. because any evidence of
this destroys the real beauty of the breed, and is incompatible with
beauty of the face...