In the rough and smooth varieties of the terrier, distinctions are made between the larger and the toy classes, but this is chiefly noticeable in the black and tan, though the rough toys are still very numerous at our large shows. As already observed in the chapter on the black and tan terriers, there are two distinct types of this dog, when of the size limited to the toys, namely, not exceeding 61b., and, to be successful, limited to 31b. or 3 1/2lb. One of these shows the Italian greyhound cross, the other that with the spaniel, resorted to probably in order to restore the coat, which in these little abortions is often almost entirely absent, owing to in-breeding. In consequence of dwarfing, the points are seldom exhibited in anything like the perfection shown by Mr. Lacy's large strain, but still, the nearer the approach is made to it the better, and it is needless to recapitulate them here.
In addition to the black and tan, and the white toy terrier, there is also the blue fawn, differing only in colour, and seldom noticed by our judges of the present day.
Annexed is a portrait of Mr. Mapplebeck's wonderfully good toy terrier Belle, winner of the first prize at Birmingham and at the late Kennel Club show held at the Alexandra Palace, together with his Queen 111, also a first prize winner at the latter show in the class for black and tan or Manchester terriers - the latter serving as a contrast to the former in point of size. In the article on the black and tan terrier, by Mr. Hugh Dalziel, at page 216, the author alludes to the toy terrier as of "two sorts, one with a short face, round skull, and full eye (inclined to weep), called in vulgar parlance 'apple-headed 'uns,' showing the cross at some time or other with the King Charles spaniel; the other type is the thin shivering dog, that must be kept clothed, and sleep in a warmly lined basket; his timid, shrinking manner, spindly legs, lean sides, and tucked-up flanks showing the Italian greyhound cross. The weight of these two clearly distinct varieties averages from 3lb. to 61b." Such is no doubt a fair description of the ordinary toy terrier; but there is a third variety represented by Belle, which, though extremely rare, still exists in considerable numbers.
This little dog is, in fact, the large black and tan terrier reduced in size from 151b. or 161b. to 31b. or 41b., the little one being exactly a copy of the larger kind except in size, and possessed of equal hardihood and spirit. Mr. Baker has reproduced on paper the two bitches with his usual fidelity, and the exact likeness shown is perfectly justified in nature. The great difficulty is to breed such little dwarfs without loss of symmetry or substance, the general result being a reduction of the size of the body and an enlargement proportionally of the head. The pedigree of Belle is unknown.
As the points of this breed are precisely similar to those of the larger variety fully given in the article above alluded to, it is needless to reproduce them here. All departures from these points in the direction of either the spaniel or Italian greyhound cross are to be penalised according to their degree.
Group of Mr. Walton's Performing Dogs,