THE WELSH TERRIER 239
colour drawback, there is no better terrier to hounds living. They are not quarrelsome, show very little jealousy one of another in working, can therefore easily be used, exercised, and kennelled together, being much better in this respect than any of the other breeds of terriers. They also, as a general rule, are dead game ; they want a bit of rousing, and are not so flashily, showily game as, say, the Fox-terrier ; but, just as with humans, when it comes to real business, when the talking game is played out and there is nothing left but the doing part of the business, then one's experience invariably is that the quiet man, the quiet terrier, is the animal wanted
On the formation of the Welsh Terrier Club a standard of perfection was drawn up and circulated with the club rules. This standard has remained unchanged up to the present day, and is as follows :
Head-The skull should be flat and rather wider between the ears than the wire-hair Fox-terrier. The jaw should be powerful, clean cut rather deeper and more punishing-giving the head a more masculine appearance-than that usually seen in a Fox-terrier. The stop not too defined, fair length from stop to end of nose, the latter being of a black colour. Ears-The ears should be V-shaped, small, not too thin, set on fairly high, carried forward, and close to the cheek. EyesThe eyes should be small, not being too deeply set in or protruding out of skull, of a dark hazel colour, expressive and indicating abundant pluck. Neck-The neck should be of moderate length and thickness, slightly arched and sloping gracefully into the shoulders. BodyThe back should be short and well ribbed up, the loin strong, good depth, and moderate width of chest. The shoulders should be long, sloping and well set hack. The hind-quarters should be strong, thighs muscular and of good length, with the hocks moderately straight, well set down and fair amount of bone. The stern should be set on moderately high, but not too gaily carried. Legs and Feet-The legs should be straight and muscular, possessing fair amount of bone with upright and powerful pasterns. The feet should be small, round and catike. Coat-The coat should be wiry, hard, very close and abundant. Colour -The colour should be black and tan or black grizzle and tan, free from black pencilling on toes. Size-The height at shoulders should be 15 inches for dogs, bitches proportionately less. Twenty pounds shall be considered a fair average weight in working condition, but this may vary a pound or so either way.
DISQUALIFYING POINTS : Nose white, cherry, or spotted to a considerable extent with either of these colours. Ears prick, tulip, or rose. Undershot jaw or pig jawed mouth. Black below hocks or white anywhere to any appreciable extent, black pencilling on toes.