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short one, there are naturally not very many names of note among the prize-winners. The principal breeders and owners have so far been Mr. W. Arkwright, Mr Harry Jones, Sir Hugo FitzHerbert, Mr. C. C. Bethune Eversfield, and Mr. Winton Smith.
They are undoubtedly the right dogs for those who want Spaniels to travel faster and cover more ground than the more ponderous and short-legged Clumbers, Sussex, or Field Spaniels do, but their work is hardly equal in finish and precision to that of either of the two former breeds.
The following revised description of the English Springer has been issued by the Sporting Spaniel Society:
Skull-Long and slightly arched on top, fairly broad, with a stop, and well-developed temples. Jaws-Long and broad, not snipy, with plenty of thin lip. Eyes-Medium size, not too full, but bright and intelligent, of a rich brown. Ears-Of fair length, low set, and lobular in shape. Neck-Long, strong, and slightly arched. ShouldersLong and sloping. Fore-legs-Of a moderate length, straight, with flat strong bone. Body-Strong, with well-sprung ribs, good girth, and chest deep and fairly broad. Loin-Rather long, strong, and slightly arched. Hind-quarters and Hind-legs-Very muscular, hocks well let down, stifles moderately bent, and not twisted inwards or outwards. Feet-Strong and compact. Stern-Low carried, not above the level of the back, and with a vibratory motion. Coat-Thick and smooth or very slightly wavy, it must not be too long. The feathering must be only moderate on the ears, and scanty on the legs, but continued down to the heels. Colour-Liver and white and black and white (with or without tan), fawn and white, yellow and white, also roans and self colours of all these tints. The pied colours are preferable, however, as more easily seen in cover. General Appearance-An active compact dog, upstanding, but by no means stilty. His height at shoulder should about equal his length from the top of the withers to the root of the tail.
VIII. THE WELSH S2RINGER.-Like the English Springer, the Welsh Springer has only very recently come into existence -officially, that is to say ; but his admirers claim for him that he has existed as a separate breed for a long time, though not beyond the bounds of the Principality, where he is referred to as the Starter.
When his claims were first put forward they were vigorously contested by many who could claim to speak and write with