This lady's name is so well known in connection with Japanese Spaniels and Pomeranians that I need say but little in the way of introduction.
From photo by H. R. Gibbs, London.
We are told that "poets are born, not made," and it was so with Mrs. Addis as a fancier, as when a child of seven years, I am told, the choice was given her of a doll or a dog as a present, and she at once chose the latter, a Skye Terrier. She has never since been without dogs of one kind or the other, having at various times kept St. Bernards, Mastiffs, Retrievers, Collies, Black-and-tan Terriers, Fox-terriers, Chows, Pomeranians, and Japanese Spaniels, keeping some of the latter for nearly twenty years past.
Mrs. Addis has never done a great deal of exhibiting, only during the ten years between 1887 and 1897. Amongst her Japs may be named Champion and Premier Dai Butzu II., winner of four championships, and first prize every time shown, whose portrait appears on his owner's lap, and is probably the best specimen of the variety we have seen. He took, as a grand finish to his show career, the Seventy Guinea Rotherham Cup as Champion of Champions at the Ladies' Kennel Association Show in Ranelagh Park in 1895, and I remember the sensation produced when same was presented to his gratified owner by Her present Gracious Majesty Queen Alexandra (when Princess of Wales), the trophy being large enough to put the beautiful little dog in! Other Japs in her kennel have been Yen, Fugi, Neneh, Monsume III., and Aigburth Dai's daughter At present she has only a small kennel of four or five specimens. Amongst the best of her Toy Pomeranians have been Commodore Nutt (a tiny black), Aigburth Queen, Indian Prince (an excellent coloured brown), Aigburth Beauty, Aigburth Prance (the latter chiefly known at shows in the North), Viva (the pretty little black, a frequent winner for Mrs. Hicks at the best shows), and Champion of Champions and Premier Tina (rich chocolate brown, who is certainly the greatest winner amongst Toy Pomeranians of any sex or colour, and in whom it is easier to find points for admiration than to discover defects). The two last named, who are own sisters, were bred by Mrs. Addis, and sold by her to their present owners, Mrs. Hicks and Miss Ada de Pass, when puppies.
MRS. ADDIS'S JAPANESE SPANIEL CHAMPION DAI BUTZU II.
From photo by Mcdrington, Liverpool.
TOY POMERANIAN AND YORKSHIRE TOY TERRIER.
From photo by Goodchild & Co., Leamington.
The former being Champion and Premier Tina, bred by Mrs. Addis.
Mrs. Addis was one of the original members of the Pomeranian Club, and followed the writer as Hon. Treasurer for some years, and took a keen interest in the affairs of the Club until she resigned, when giving up Pomeranians, in 1897.
Of course Mrs. Addis has been a leading member of the Japanese Spaniel Club since its formation, and I well remember having a lively correspondence with her prior to that, when, at her request, I drew up a scale of points desirable to be sought for in that variety.
Probably Mrs. Addis is one of the few exhibitors who have actually visited Japan, where, she informs me, the pretty little dogs are kept in cages like rabbits and other pet animals, and she thinks the feeding and exercise they have in this country tend to make them grow larger than in their native land, where they have been bred with much care for centuries.
Mrs. Addis attaches more importance to type and quality than size, and likes small ears, set on high, broad, square faces and muzzles, with abundant coats of good colour and texture, in all of which I agree with her, and she also emphatically shares my views, that in all Toy or Pet varieties one's motto should be: "As small as possible, without sacrifice of type and quality."
I believe Mrs. Addis enjoys the unique position, in the Fancy, of being able to say that two specimens of different varieties, Dai Butzu II. and Tina, from her kennels have carried off the Rotherham Cup as "Champion of Champions" in very strong competition at leading shows, which alone would entitle her to take a high position amongst Doggy People.
I am able to give good portraits herewith of Mrs. Addis and the two canine celebrities mentioned above.