In the following year was held, in the Burnbank Drill Hall, Glasgow, on February 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 1871, what was described as the First Scottish National Exhibition of Sporting and other Dogs, with an entry of 383, under the management of Mr. Henry Martin.
The following acted as judges: Messrs. W. Lort, J. Walker (Halifax), S. Handley, T. Ritchie, and W. Miller.
Both sections were fairly well filled, the balance being rather in favour of the Non-Sporting Classes, the northern counties varieties coming up well, and there was a good entry of puppies.
Not to be outdone by the rival city, this was followed on May 16th, 17th, and 18th, 1871, by the First Scottish Metropolitan Exhibition of Sporting and Fancy Dogs, held in the Royal Gymnasium, Royal Crescent Park, Edinburgh, with an entry of 789.
The following were the appointed judges: Messrs. W. Sharpe, G. Blanshard, J. Steedman, R. Raimes, J. Gibson, J. Aitken, Dr. J. Brown, Messrs. A. Dawson, W. Ritchie, D. Paterson, R. Carr, J. and S. E. Fair, W. H. Liddell, and A. Graham. Nearly or quite the whole of these gentlemen, I think, were from "over the border."
At this show there was a fairly representative gathering of dogs all through the classes, but more provision was made for the Non-Sporting Division, and consequently a better entry was secured. Some of the Toy classes also filled well. Of course, the greater part of the dogs came from the kennels of Scottish owners.
This was followed on June 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 1871, by the Second Grand National Exhibition of Sporting and other Dogs, held at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, when Mr. W. Roue (Bristol) acted as secretary, and Mr. John Douglas as manager, and they had an entry of 828.
The judges were the following: Rev. T. Pearce, Messrs. J. Walker (Halifax), W. Lort, S. Handley, Pool (Dumfries), and Monsey.
Pointers, Setters (especially English and Gordon), Retrievers, Spaniels, and Fox-terriers were the strongest classes amongst Sporting Dogs, but there were a good many Greyhounds and Deer-hounds.
In the Non-Sporting Division there was a fair general entry all round, the largest numbers being in St. Bernards, Mastiffs, Bull-terriers, Black-and-tan Terriers, and Bull-dogs; but most of the best-known varieties had some representatives, the entries in Dandie Dinmont Terriers and Toy Terriers being better than usual at that period.
The next important show of which I can find record was held on November 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th, 1871, at the Curzon Hall, Birmingham, with an entry of 909, and this is the first of the long series since held which seems to have been under the secretaryship of Mr. George Beech.
The judges appointed were the following: Pointers, Messrs. C. Lewis and J. Brewer; Blood-hounds, St. Bernards, and Mastiffs, Capt. Gamier; Deer-hounds and Greyhounds, Mr. S. Mallaby; Setters, Retrievers, Spaniels, Foreign Sporting Dogs, and Sheepdogs, Messrs. E. Laverack and W. Lort; Fox-terriers, Messrs. J. Walker (Wrexham) and H. Gibson; Otter-hounds, Harriers, and Beagles, Mr. Walker (Wrexham); Newfoundlands, Dalmatians, Maltese, Pugs, Pomeranians, Italian Greyhounds, Toy Spaniels, Toy Terriers, and Non-Sporting Foreign Dogs, Messrs. J. Percival and J. Barrow; Bull-dogs, Bull-terriers, Smooth Terriers, and Black-and tan Terriers, Messrs. S. E. Shirley, M.P., and C. Collins; Skyes, Dandies, Bedlingtons, and Broken-haired Terriers, Mr. J. Fisher.
As usual here, Pointers, Spaniels, Retrievers, Deer-hounds, and Blood-hounds were the largest Sporting Classes, but there was also a good entry of Fox-terriers (Smooth only).
In the Non-Sporting Classes the best filled were those for Mastiffs (Messrs. E. Hanbury and E. Nichols well in it), St. Bernards (with Rev. J. Cumming Macdona and Mr. F. Gresham amongst the winners), Bull-dogs (with the historic names of Lloyd Price, Lamphier, and Henshall well in the front rank), Bull-terriers, Black-and-tan Terriers, Skyes, and representatives of most of the other varieties in vogue at that time.
The last important show that year I have been able to trace was the Eleventh Show in the Zoological Gardens, Manchester, held on December 28th, 29th, and 30th, 1871.
The number of entries is not given; and the following list of judges appears small for a large show: Sporting Dogs, Messrs. W. Chouler, M. Jefferson, and Jacques; Non-Sporting Dogs: Messrs. J. Monsey, E. Owen, and Roue.
Pointers, Retrievers, and Setters mustered well in the first division, with a sprinkling throughout the other classes.
Amongst the Non-Sporting appeared a large entry of Fox-terriers, with Messrs. J. H. Murchison, S. E. Shirley, M.P., Allison, Hon. T. W. Fitzwilliam, and Mr. Luke Turner, all "in the money." Mastiffs were large classes, also Scotch Terriers (not like those now under that name, but more like Yorkshire Terriers with moderate coats, some shown cropped, others uncropped, classes being given for each). Bull-dogs, Bull-terriers, and Black-and-tan Terriers were the largest of the others, except Non-Sporting Puppies, which came up well. The popular varieties of the present day, such as Sheep-dogs, Pomeranians, Pugs, and the several Toy breeds were remarkably sparse in their numbers, some having but one or two entries to represent them; still, I think the Non-Sporting Division was better supported than the other, and contained many names since well'known in the stud books. But there were not so many "circuit goers" or prizes to be picked up as has since been the case.
On January 18th, 19th, and 20th, 1872, was held, in the Exhibition Palace, Dublin, with the Hon. J. Massy as President of Committee and Mr. John Douglas as Manager, what was called "The Grand National Dog Show," and which, as far as I have been able to ascertain, really was the first show of importance in connection with dogs held in Ireland up to that time. The entries amounted to 365.