This section is from the book "The Terriers. A History And Description Of The Modern Dogs Of Great Britain And Ireland", by Rawdon B. Lee. Also available from Amazon: A History and Description of the Modern Dogs of Great Britain and Ireland: The Terriers.
"In character and disposition, the Paisley terrier resembles the Skye, being good-natured, intelligent, and lively. They make excellent house pets, and those who desire something more substantial than a toy will find in the elegant shape and pleasing outline of the Paisley terrier something to please them. They are not delicate, but require a good amount of attention in washing, combing, and brushing, to keep them in good order, and without this they very soon get out of order.
"It is unnecessary to go into a minute description of the Paisley terrier, as he is almost a counterpart of the Skye, with the exception of the coat, which, instead of being hard and wiry, is as silky and long as that of a Yorkshire terrier; the longer and finer the more value is attached to this point; it is perfectly flat and free from curl. The colour is various shades of blue, dark blue being considered perfection in colour; the hair on head and lower extremities is slightly lighter, but should not approach a linty shade. The length of the hair on head and face gives character to this point; it reaches to the nose, obscuring the eyes completely; the ears must be erect, are well furnished with long hair, the fringe being a material point.
"The tail should not be carried high, but straight, and almost in a line with the back, the parting of the hair at shoulder being continued to the top of the tail, the fringe being thin and hanging straight and gracefully.
"In character and disposition this dog is good-natured, affectionate, and lively; an intelligent companion, an excellent house dog, and most suitable for a lady who wishes something more substantial than a toy. . . . It is notorious that in this breed more than in any other, the poor condition and form in which most of them are exhibited often throws them out of their proper places in the prize lists".
I agree pretty much with what Mr. Gray says in the description, but I should add that the Paisley terrier is not so low on the legs, nor proportionately so long in the back as the Skye terrier. From all one sees and hears, I should not care to prognosticate a favourable future for the variety of which I write. The best strains are even yet in few hands, and although the club may do something towards popularising the variety, the trouble to keep the coat in good order will always be a bar to them as ordinary house dogs, and in these impecunious times when it seems that, with few exceptions, a dog owner wishes to make money by his hobby or fancy, it is not likely that many men so disinterested will be found as to breed a Paisley terrier which they cannot sell for more than £15 or £20, when they can, with less difficulty, breed an equally good Scottish terrier that would be worth double the money.
The fanciers of the Paisley terrier require a clever and influential man to boom him, a wealthy individual to buy a few choice specimens at exorbitant prices, and a few puffs in the newspapers. Perhaps if a story could be got up as to the life-saving properties possessed by this little dog, it might do him good with the people. Royal patronage, perhaps, could lift him up somewhat, but he certainly requires more than his own good qualities to raise him in public estimation and make him a popular dog.
The following are the description and points of the Paisley or Clydesdale terrier as compiled by the Clydesdale Club:
The skull, which is slightly domed, should be very narrow between the ears, gradually widening towards the eyes, and tapering very slightly to the nose. It should be covered with long silky hair, perfectly straight, without any appearance of curl or waviness, and extending well beyond the nose. It should be particularly plentiful on the sides of the head, where it is joined by that from the ears, giving the head a very large and rather heavy appearance in proportion to the size of the dog. The muzzle should be very deep and powerful, tapering very slightly to the nose, which should be large and well spread over the muzzle, and must be always black. The jaws should be strong, with the teeth perfectly level. The eyes should be rather wide apart. They should be large, round, moderately full, but not prominent; expressive of great intelligence, and, in colour, various shades of brown.
This is a most important point in this breed. They should be as small as possible, set on high, and carried perfectly erect. They should be covered with long silky hair, which should hang in a beautiful fringe down the sides of the head, joining that on the jaws. (Well carried, finely fringed ears is one of the greatest points of beauty in the breed, as it is also one of the most difficult to obtain.) A badly carried and poorly feathered ear is a serious fault in a Clydesdale terrier.
"The neck should be rather long and very muscular, well set into the shoulders, and covered with the same class of hair as the body.
The body should be very long, deep in chest, and well ribbed up; the back perfectly level, not sloping from the loins to the shoulder, as in the Dandie.
The coat should be very long, perfectly straight, and free from any trace of curl or waviness; very glossy and silky in texture (not linty), and should be without any of the pily undercoat found in the Skye terrier.
The colours range from dark blue to light fawn, but those most to be desired are the various shades of blue - dark blue for preference, but without any approach to blackness or sootiness. The colour of the head should be a beautiful silvery blue, which gets darker on the ears; the back various shades of dark blue, inclining to silver on the lower parts of the body and legs. The tail is generally the same shade or a little darker than the back.
The tail should be perfectly straight, not too long, and carried almost level with the back; it must be nicely fringed or feathered.
The legs should be as short and straight as possible, and well set under the body, both legs and feet well covered with silky hair (in a good specimen the legs are scarcely seen, as they are almost entirely hidden by the coat).
The general appearance is that of a long, low dog, having a rather large head in proportion to its size, and with a coat which looks like silk or spun glass. It shows considerably more style or quality than almost any other fancy terrier, and has not the delicate constitution which makes the Yorkshire, Maltese, and others only fit for indoors".
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Grand Total, 100.