This section is from the book "Kennel Secrets: How To Breed, Exhibit And Manage Dogs", by Ashmont. Also available from Amazon: Kennel Secrets: How to Breed, Exhibit and Manage Dogs.
The design of this work and the results attained are so evident a formal introduction is unnecessary.
Possibly the elementary character of many of the precepts given will occasion surprise, yet all must agree that it is over trifles that they are likely to stumble, especially where health is involved.
Not a few popular beliefs have been antagonized, but seldom other than those which owe their force to antiquity and repetition.
Mystical speculations and ungrounded theories, calculated to invite confusion, have been excluded in so far as possible; and the measures advocated are such only as rest on bases proved sound by observation and experience.
Every important subject that has engaged attention has been fully discussed, generalities being held practically valueless and misleading. The simplest language has also been chosen and needless technical expressions excluded, to favor ready understanding in the least experienced.
Nature's apparent methods, effects and requirements have been dwelt upon at considerable length with a purpose of protecting the kennel from drugging, as far as may be, and displacing the common tendency to it by reliance on hygienic and dietetic agencies.
It is a pleasing duty of the author thus publicly to acknowledge his deep obligation to his highly esteemed friend Mr. Chas. H. Mason, for great kindness, sterling criticisms, many valuable suggestions and constant assistance in the revision of the manuscript, in which has been incorporated much that was drawn from his vast fund of experience.
The generosity of fanciers in providing materials for illustrations is also warmly acknowledged, and it is much regretted that all photographs furnished could not have been reproduced to appear herein. But the intent being educational purely, manifestly only the best available specimens of the various breeds should be represented.
Notwithstanding his obvious reluctance to observe the time-honored custom and indulge in a preliminary discussion of his work, and his very decided preference to leave the reader to fashion his own conclusions as to its merits, the author is impelled to emphasize the exceeding value of these illustrations of dogs, being as they are perfectly true to life and of subjects which, with only an occasional exception, have reached the front ranks, while no small proportion are the nearest approaches to perfection that the world has ever known. Consequently these faithful portraits must alone contribute much towards advancement to higher standards.