This section is from the book "A History And Description Of The Modern Dogs Of Great Britain And Ireland. (Non-Sporting Division)", by Rawdon Briggs Lee. Also available from Amazon: A History And Description Of The Modern Dogs Of Great Britain And Ireland, Non-Sporting Division.
The publication and success of my book last year on "Sporting Dogs" has necessitated the production of another division dealing with the "NON-Sporting" varieties, in which terriers are not included, they forming a volume of themselves. I have endeavoured to give a somewhat complete early history of the different breeds, and, at the same time, have brought the subject up to date.
As before, the drawings, although in most instances taken from living examples, are not intended to be merely counterparts of dogs of the day, but they must be taken as illustrative of the typical specimens they represent. I believe this departure from ordinary custom to be a useful one, as the portraits of individual dogs, whose prominence before the public is more or less ephemeral, cannot in the future be of so much interest as pictures of idealised animals are likely to be.
In cases where the specialist clubs have compiled and arranged descriptions of the dogs whose interests they guard, I have given the results of the deliberations of their members. I have likewise appended scales of points to satisfy those who, in the minority, still believe that the beauty or otherwise of a dog can be correctly gauged by a series of figures.
The illustrations by Arthur Wardle and R. H. Moore are, I consider, particularly satisfactory, as is the process by which they are reproduced.
My thanks I convey to all who have assisted me in providing subjects for the artists, and to others who have given valuable information, not to be obtained excepting from owners who have made individual varieties of the dog special studies.
To all who have assisted me I dedicate this work, as some slight return for their kindness and for the interest they have taken in its publication.
RAWDON B. LEE.
Brixton, London, March, 1894.