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.
Mr. F. Redmond, St. John's Wood, has been particularly successful up to date with his terriers, and D'Orsay, already alluded to, must have proved quite a little gold mine to his owner. Mr. L. P. C. Astley, Mr. G. Raper, Mr. Jordison, Thirsk, Mr. E. Powell, jun., appear at the time I write to have more than useful strains.
Of course there are many other admirers of the fox terrier, besides those already mentioned, who have and still are showing a more compact and less racing-looking dog than most of our modern winners - Mr. J. A. Doyle, of Crickhowel, to wit; but, after all, and taking one consideration with another, I do not like the stamp of winning modern fox terriers so well as I did that of my early days, and I know I am not quite alone in this opinion.
Whether it is worth while giving a list of what I consider to have been and are actually the best of the race since showing has introduced them to the front, is an open question. Perhaps for future reference it may be well for me to do so; at any rate, I will jot down the names of some byegone notabilities, and follow them by more modern ones. First and foremost come Old Jock, Old Trap, and Grove Nettle; Belgrave Joe must not be forgotten, for he is one of the pillars of the "Stud Book"; Mr. Murchison's grand bitch Olive; Mr. Luke Turner's short-tailed Spice; Mr. James Gibson's lovely bitch Dorcas; Mr. G. Booth's Tyrant, the white game terrier; Mr. J. Hyde's Buffet; Mr. W. Gamon's Chance, smothered in his box when going to win at Birmingham; Messrs. Clarke's Result, and Messrs. Vicary's Vesuvienne, as good a brace as the best ever bred; Mr. W. Sarsfield's little bitch Fussy; Mr. Rawdon Lee's Nimrod and Gripper; Messrs. Clarke's Rachel; Dr. Hazlehurst's Patch; Mr. F. Sale's Hornet; Mr. J. Fletcher's Rattler the "dreaded"; Mr. P. Pilgrim's May; Mr. W. N. Archer's Diamond; Mr. W. Cropper's Venture;
Mr. W. Allison's XL., by many considered to be one of the best bitches ever shown; and with Mr. Burbidge's Bloom I consider I have mentioned the best fox terriers of past generations. One or two survive, but are now past their hey-day, and I fancy, with the exception perhaps of Vesuvienne, would not have much chance of competing successfully against younger animals.
Of those at present on the bench and in their prime, personally I have no hesitation in plumping for Mr. F. Dyer's excellent bitch Lyons Sting, although on sundry occasions she has been placed much lower in the prize list than was justifiable. I remember the first time she was brought out, viz., at one of the London shows, she was barely in the prize money, and although placed so low there were men there who offered a big price for her, which both then and subsequently her owner refused. Excepting that she appears to be a little stiff when in the ring, I have no fault to find with Lyons Sting, who, in short, is equal to any fox terrier of any generation. Other good ones are Messrs. Vicary's strong, powerful dog Venio; Mr. E. M. Southwell's Sentence; Mr. Tinne's New Forest Ethel, and Kate Cole; Mr. J. B. Dale's Deputy; Hunton Honeymoon; Mr. Twyford's Biddulph Treasure; Mr. S. J. Stephens' Vice Regal and Vengo;
Mr. G. Raper's Raby Reckon; Mr. Syke's Fylde Sheriff; Mr. Astley's Dudley Stroller; Mr. W. V. H. Thomas's Compton Swell; and Mr. T. P. Whitaker's Beacon Tartress.
I think I have mentioned all the best terriers, at any rate that have flourished during my time; if there are omissions, my apologies must be made to the dogs and to their owners for any seeming neglect. In addition to the names of celebrated owners and breeders already given, the following have at one time or another bred and owned terriers of more than ordinary merit, and are considered to know a good specimen of the race when they see one: Mr. W. Arkwright, Sutton Scarsdale; Mr. T. Ashton, Leeds; Rev. C. T. Fisher, Over Kellet; Rev. Owen Smith; Mr. J. J. Pirn, Ireland; Mr. J. B. Dale, Darlington; Mr. Herbert Bright, Scarborough; Mr. C. Burgess, Spilsby; Mr. J. C. Coupe (formerly of Doncaster); Mr. J. F. Scott, Carlisle; Mr. J. G. Monson, York; Mr. Theodore Bassett, Surrey; Mr. J. R. Whittle, Middlesex; Mr. A. R. Wood, Capt. Frazer, Mr. F. Waddington, Durham; Mr. Jack Terry, Mr. A. Hargreaves, Mr. J. J. Stott, Manchester; Mr. D. H. Owen, Shrewsbury; Mr. A. Ashton, Cheshire; the Hon. Gerald Las-celles, Yorkshire; Mr. T. Hopkinson, Grantham; Mr. Joe Forman, Mr. W. Hulse, Mr. C. E. Longmore, Messrs. Castle and Shannon, Mr. C. H. Joliffe, Mr. T. Millar, Mr. F. H. Potts, Mr. G. H. Procter, Mr. F. J. Astbury, Mr. W. H. Rothwell, etc. In the United States of America, Mr. A. Belmont, jun., has not only got together a fine kennel, but in addition he imported a clever English manager, German Hopkins, to look after its inmates. Australia and New Zealand have proved themselves thoroughly English by their importations of fox terriers, and in due course we may expect to find these colonies throwing down the gauntlet to the old country in friendly rivalry on the show bench, as they have done with such success in the cricket field and on the water. Some of our French and German friends have also taken kindly to the little dog, and at many of the continental shows specimens of more than average merit are continually met with.