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and rather sunken. Ears-Very small, prick or half prick (the former is preferable), but never drop. They should also be sharp pointed. and the hair on them should not be long, but velvety, and they should not be cut. The ears should be free from any fringe at the top. NeckShort, thick and muscular ; strongly set on sloping shoulders. ChestBroad in comparison to the size of the dog, and proportionately deep. Body-Of moderate length, but not so long as a Skye's, and rather flat-sided ; well ribbed up, and exceedingly strong in hind-quarters. Legs and Feet-Both fore and hind legs should be short and very heavy in bone, the former being straight and well set on under the body, as the Scottish Terrier should not be out at elbows. The hocks should be bent, and the thighs very muscular, and the feet strong, small and thickly covered with short hair, the fore feet being larger than the hind ones. Tall-Should be about 7 inches long, never docked, carried with a slight bend and often gaily. Coat-Should be rather short (about 2 inches), intensely hard and wiry in texture, and very dense all over the body. Size-From 15 lb. to 20 lb. ; the best weight being as near as possible 18 lb. for dogs, and 16 lb. for bitches when in condition for work. Colour-Steel or iron grey, black brindle, brown brindle, grey brindle, black, sandy and wheaten. White markings are objectionable, and can only be allowed on the chest and to a small extent. General Appearance-The face should wear a very sharp, bright and active expression, and the head should be carried up. The dog (owing to the shortness of his coat) should appear to be higher on the leg than he really is ; but at the same time he should look compact and possessed of great muscle in his hind-quarters. In fact, a Scottish Terrier,.though essentially a terrier, cannot be too powerfully put together, and should be from about 9 inches to 12 inches in height.
SPECIAL FAULTS : Muzzle-Either under or over hung. EyesLarge or light-coloured. Ears-Large, round at the points or drop. It is also a fault if they are too heavily covered with hair. LegsBent, or slightly bent, and out at elbows. Coat-Any silkiness, wave or tendency to curl is a serious blemish, as is also an open coat. SizeSpecimens of over 20 lb. should be discouraged.
There have, of recent years, been many very excellent specimens of the Scottish Terrier bred and exhibited. Preeminent among them stands Mrs. Hannay's Ch. Heworth Rascal, who was a most symmetrical terrier, and probably the nearest approach to perfection in the breed yet seen. Other very first-class terriers have been the same lady's Ch. Gair, Mr. Powlett's Ch. Callum Dhu, Mr. McCandlish's Ems Cosmetic, Mr. Chapman's Heather Bob and Heather Charm, Mr. Kinnear's Seafield Rascal, Mr. Wood's Hyndman Chief, Messrs. Buckley and Mills's Clonmel Invader, and Mr. Deane Willis's Ch. Huntley Daisy and Ch. Carter Laddie.
It is highly probable that of all the terrier tribe, the