This gentlemen, whose name is so widely known amongst the elders of Doggy People, began his doggy existence in 1865, soon after coming of age, with a good Clumber Spaniel called Bruce, the Champion of those days, following up with his well-known Dalmatian Crib, winner of over one hundred first prizes. He then went in for Bull-dogs, with fair success, his Dick, Madge, Romanic, and Michael the Archangel being well known; but after the death of his Romanie, smothered in a railway van on his way to a show (somewhat the same fate as the writer's celebrated Bull bitch Rozelle suffered on a like occasion) soon after his owner had given the late Mr. Lamphier 150 guineas for him, Bull-dogs were given up in disgust, and Mr. Lloyd Price went in for Pointers only, mixed with a few Setters, of which Ginx's Baby, Rum, and Regent (pure Laveracks) were probably the best known.
Of Pointers he found a fine old strain ready to his hand at Rhiwlas, from Jim Terry and Nelson of this strain, unknown as to pedigree, but undoubted as to work, and handled by his grandfather's old keeper, Mr. John Davies With the assistance of some purchased bitches, he soon got to be known in the show world with Ben, Snapshot, Lady Alice (who took the Champion Cup at Birmingham many years since as best Pointer in the show), etc., etc., selling Snapshot in America for one hundred guineas.
Then he was fortunate enough to pick up at the Manchester Dog Show a neglected, out-of-condition, leggy, and weedy-looking young bitch named Belle, of no well-ascertained pedigree, but said to have been bred by Lord George Bentinck. In Belle he was entertaining an angel unawares, for, broken at five years old, in itself no mean performance, by a young underkeeper, Mr. F. Anstey (now with Hatfield Harter, Esq.), to do which he had to walk some hundreds of miles, for Belle could travel, and had not much idea of her duties at first beyond running rabbits, once she found out what was required of her she never let any other dog be first at a grouse, or get the outside range of her, and she would stand for a week once she found them.
She won the big £500 Stake at the First Bala Trials, beating all the cracks of that day, and dogs have much deteriorated since the giants of those days. Ranger, Countess, Rector, Statters Dick, Plunkett, etc., all went down before Belle, who was unquestionably the best Pointer bitch on grouse ever unslipped on a moor. Partridges she did not care for: she was broken on grouse, and to grouse she remained faithful. Small fields and hedges gave no scope for her grand action and wonderful ranging powers. Five hundred guineas were refused for her from Mr. May, a Canadian; however, she died at home, aged only nine years, having made the reputation of Rhiwlas and young Anstey, who afterwards broke many another, but none like her, a bitch named Belle Faust being perhaps the nearest approach.
Bow-Bells, purchased as a puppy from the late Mr. Sam. Price, also proved a renowned occupant of the kennels, being unbeatable at either shows or field trials - alas! an unusual combination.
At Sir Richard Garth's sale Mr. Lloyd Price purchased Old Drake, the well-known champion, giving one hundred guineas for him at eight years old; but the purchase was a success, for Old Drake scored the next season in an Open and Brace Stake at the National Field Trials, and, in conjunction with Bow-Bells and other bitches in his new master's kennel, founded a family that for several succeeding seasons pretty well swept the boards of the Field Trial Pointer Stakes.
A curious combination was Old Drake at nine years old winning the Braces in conjunction with a seven months' puppy, Eos Cymru, a son of Mr. Statter's celebrated Major. Eos, like Belle, was no partridge dog - he despised the "little brown bird of the pastures "; but Mr Lloyd Price was always of opinion that Belle, her daughter Belle Faust (by Mr. Pilkington's Faust), and this Eos were the three best dogs that he ever saw on the moors.
Beau and Mallard, sons of Old Drake out of Belle, won many a stake, single and coupled, as did Lucky Sixpence, Mead, Little Ben, Ben and Belle Faust, Grecian Bend, Luck of Edenhall, Luck of the Goat (sold in America for £200), which will be names easily recalled by students of field trial lore. Twice during his membership of the Kennel Club did Mr. Lloyd Price carry off the Field Trial Derby with Luck of Edenhall and his son Luck of the Goat. Mr. Lloyd Price's Pointer dog Wagg probably took more prizes - over two hundred firsts and championships standing to his credit - than any dog shown in those days.
MR. R. J. LLOYD PRICE.
The last time Mr. Lloyd Price ran a Pointer was in France some eleven years ago, when he carried off the International Stake with one Saul, a lemon-and-white, who was also "among the prophets," although a lady, and Soul would have been a more appropriate title - indeed, the last of them, for then his owner sold off his kennel and took to driving.
He was also very successful with a brace of Irish Setters, Dixie and Shanawaun, one of which, Dixie, held the unique record of running in six field trials and winning them all. This brace was sold to the late Captain Selwyn, M.P., for a very large sum.
In English Setters Mr. Lloyd Price never did much, but his Ginx's Baby was a fair Field Trial dog, and won a couple of Puppy Stakes at Bala and Shrewsbury; whilst Rum, a pure Laverack, and Regent both left their mark at shows and trials. His breakers have been Messrs. George Stratton, F. Anstey, H. Michie, Fowles, and now Mr. J. Tie is his moor keeper, who deals principally in Retrievers and Spaniels, but has carried off several first prizes on his own account at the annual Bala Grouse Trials.
Mr. Lloyd Price, since his retirement, has often officiated as judge both abroad and at the National Field Trials, of which body he is a Committeeman, whilst he has twice at Birmingham in the Pointers and twice in the Retriever Classes awarded the prizes.
The only dog he now personally possesses is Fan, the small black Cocker shown in the photograph with her owner. She is described as highly intelligent, invaluable in a "butt," absurdly jealous, and her skill in the matter of tricks almost qualifies her for the circus.
Of the personality of Mr. Lloyd Price I need say nothing, as he is probably well known to many of my readers as a typical country squire with considerable reputation as a sportsman. Educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, he early developed a keen love of sport, which has continued throughout his life. He enjoys the friendship of a very large circle, and has written several works in connection with dogs and sport, amongst which I may mention "Dogs, Ancient and Modern," "Walks in Wales," "Practical Pheasant Rearing and Grouse Driving," "Rulace, Ruedok, and the Valley of the Welsh Dee," and last, but by no means least, a very amusing work, which the writer has greatly enjoyed, called "Dogs' Tales, Wagged by R. J. Lloyd Price."
I think I have said enough to show that it is not without reason Mr. Lloyd Price holds such a leading position amongst Doggy People, with whom his name is quite a household word.