This lady is one of the few enthusiastic fanciers who of late years have espoused the cause of the beautiful Maltese Terrier, which has been so long languishing for want of energetic support; and I fear I have wearied some of my readers by constantly sounding its praises and urging my fancier friends to prevent such an essentially charming ladies' pet becoming extinct. As on each of the last occasions when I have judged them I have had increased entries, and I know a good deal of emulation is now aroused amongst several breeders and exhibitors, I think the variety is in a more hopeful condition than for some years past.
Mrs. Stallibrass has chiefly exhibited at shows in and near London, and has taken honours on several occasions with Santa Klaus, one of her own breeding from imported parents, who took second prize at Earl's Court, first and championship at Crystal Palace, May, 1899, followed by first and championship at the National Dog Show, Birmingham; at the London Show, held in Hengler's Circus, first again, and first and championship, with gold and silver medals and other specials at the Toy Dog Show held in 1901 at the Crystal Palace. Queen Stallie, sister to last named, has taken second at the Crystal Palace, and first and championship at Earl's Court. Lady Brass has been shown twice, taking second Crystal Palace and first and championship Royal Aquarium. Nun Nicer, a daughter of Santa Klaus, took three prizes at the Crystal Palace, only time shown. Others of this lady's pets are Sir George White and Sunderland Beauty, of which we shall probably hear more in the future.
Santa Klaus was in many respects one of the best of the variety to be seen on the benches, and some of his stock are most promising, and have already taken first prizes in Litter Classes at Crystal Palace and Royal Botanical Gardens. I regret very much to speak of him in the past sense, but I have just heard of his death, from pneumonia and bronchitis after a very short illness, just before he was to be sent to a purchaser in America for a long price. I am in hopes the success of more of his offspring will console his fair owner for such a heavy loss; and, besides his monetary value, which was great, so good a specimen can be ill spared at the present time. I am sure his breeder and owner will have the sympathy of many of the fanciers of this beautiful variety. Some of my readers may have seen an excellent portrait of Santa Klaus in connection with my article on "Domestic Dogs" in an early number of "Living Animals of the World" (also given here), where I was sorry that, owing to being greatly limited for space, I was not able to say more about Maltese Terriers and many other breeds well worthy of a more extended notice. As I have said of other Toy varieties, so I may repeat about these, that the smaller they can be produced, preserving type and character, the better, with straight, pure white coats and ears, well-carried tails, dark eyes and noses, short backs, and free from leggi-ness. Those who remember the late Lady Giffard's team, and particularly her Lord Clyde and Hugh (the latter of which I consider the best specimen I ever saw), both bred, I think, by my old friend Mr. John Jacobs, of Oxford, will know what I mean.
MRS. STALLIBRASS'S MALTESE TERRIER SANTA KLAUS.
From photo by G. N. Taylor, Cowley Road.
MRS. STALLIBRASS WITH HER MALTESE TERRIER QUEEN STALLIE.
From photo by S. Symes, Fores Hill, S.E.
Although I remember and greatly admired Mr. Mandeville's Fido (a great winner in his time, and nearly perfect in all respects, except his size), I always thought him much too big to come properly into the category of Ladies' Pet Dogs, which I maintain, and am supported by my wife, who lived many years in Malta and owned many good specimens bred there, is the proper position of Maltese Terriers.
I am pleased to give capital portraits of Mrs. Stallibrass, one of the staunchest supporters of this interesting breed, and of some of her charming pets.
MRS. STALLIBRASS'S MALTESE TERRIER SIR GEORGE WHITE.
From photo by S. Symes, Forest Hill, S.E.