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been seen in England, and probably as good as anything in
Ch. Jackdaw was a black and tan dog, bred and owned by
Mr. Harry Jones, of Ipswich. He was sired by Ch. Charkow,
out of Wagtail, and born loth July, 1886. Through his dam
he was descended from a famous bitch, Thusnelda, who was imported by Mr. Mudie in the early 'eighties. She was a
winner of high honours in Hanover. The name of Jackdaw figures in all the best pedigrees of to-day.
Ch. Pterodactyl was born in 1888, and bred by Mr. Willink. He was in a measure an outcross from the standard type of the day, and his dam, whose pedigree is in dispute, was thought to have been imported. After passing through one or two hands he was purchased by Mr. Harry Jones, and in his kennel speedily made a great name in the show ring and at the stud, and was eventually sold for a high price to Mr. Sidney Woodiwiss, who at that period had the largest kennel of Dachshunds in England.
" Ptero," as he was called, was a big, light red dog, with wonderful fore-quarters and great muscular development. He also possessed what is called a " punishing jaw " and rather short ears, and looked a thorough " business " dog. He had an almost unbroken series of successes at shows in England, and, being taken to Germany (in the days before the quarantine regulations), he took the highest honours in the heavy-weight class, and a special prize for the best Dachshund of all classes. This dog became the favourite sire of his day and the fashionable colour.
The black and tan thereupon went quite out of favour, and this fact, coupled with the reckless amount of inbreeding of red to red that has been going on since Ptero's day, accounts largely for the prevalence of light eyes, pink noses, and badcoloured coats of the Dachshunds, as a class, to-day.
There are, strictly speaking, three varieties of Dachshund(a) the short-haired, (b) the long-haired, and (c) the roughhaired.