This dog is the property of Captain McClooney, and was brought by him in the Japan Expedition under Commodore Perry. He resembles slightly the Charley and Blenheim stock, but lacks their beauty and symmetry of form.
English Mastiff has a serious, majestic air, is of a noble and courageous temperament, disdaining even to exchange civilities with an ordinary cur, or to take offense at trifling insults from his inferiors. He is rather slow in his movements, and perhaps not as vigilant as some of his cotemporaries ; yet the terror imposed by his stern and resolute aspect may atone for his lack of activity. His height may be from 28 to 30 inches, and he is well proportioned and muscular.
Bull-dog is the most courageous and on. flinching of the whole canine race. The pure breed is now rarely to bo seen, and is well nigh extinct. The cross with the Terrier, (either Scotch or English), produces a superior animal, rivaling the Bull in pluck, and converting his dogged independence into a lively amalgamation of activity, beauty and usefulness. Whatever horrid ideas may be connected with the word Bull-dog, we are indebted to him for much of the energy, pluck and endurance imparted to other breeds, which otherwise might have faded out.
Bull-terrier is a cross from the Bull-dog and Terrier, and is one of the most useful guard-clogs now in use. In the woods he is an overmatch for the Badger, Fox, Skunk, Coon, etc. His courage is equal to that of the Bulldog, and none can excel him in activity, vigilance or sagacity. No animal is more abused, or less deserving of it. The illustration represents my celebrated Hog, Tiger, to whom I am indebted for seventeen years of active service. Tiger knew about all that a dog can know, did all that any dog could perform and was faithful even to death. (See his Life and Adventures, published by the Author.)
Scotch-terrier is a name now generally given to every small sized dog, with a rough woolly pelt. The breed has varied perhaps more th an any other, on account of the tendency in cross breeds to produce something like the original, and there is no regular standard, by which to test their purity. He is the hardiest of all dogs, very courageous and particularly zealous in the destruction of all kinds of hairy vermin.
Skye Terrier is originally from the Isle of Skye to the north of Scotland. He is very rough, with long body and short legs, has rather a weazley shape, and is a first rate rat killer.
Wire Terrier is a cross between the Scotch and English Terrier, and is quite as good as either of them for destroying rats ai;d other vermin. Gay, tough and venturesome, he rushes forward, in spite of brake, briar or cat's claw.
English Terrier (black and tan), is an elegant animal, when finely bred and well cared for. The illustration represents a female of the true old fashion breed. These dogs are very quick and intelligent ; generally excellent ratters and may be trained to hunt anything. They vary greatly in weight, from two to twenty-five pounds, having of late years been greatly refined by crossing with the Italian Greyhound. If persisted in, this produces some very elegant specimens, but their proportions generally lack symmetry, and they become delicate and unfit for active service.
Poodle is well known the world over, and is famous for his fantastic performances and gymnastic exercises. They vary exceedingly in size and appearance, etc., from the different effects of climate and usage. Weight varying from 2 to 60 lbs. They are without courage, and their instrinsic value has yet to be revealed.
Coach-Dog, when full bred is a very beautiful animal. If perfect, he should be evenly spotted from tip to tip. Each spot should be perfectly distinct and not interfere with another. There are several ramifications of these dogs, said to be natives of Denmark, Dalmatia, etc. They appear to form a stronger attachment to the horse, than any other animal, and are capable of performing long journeys, keeping exact pace with their favorite. The true breed is valuable and difficult to procure.