This little dog, having had some classes given for it at shows, deserves notice, and its standard and scale of points are appended, together with some remarks made upon it by a lady who has introduced it, and whose kennel of beautiful Toy Spaniels of all breeds is well known. Points. - Head small and light, with very pointed, rather short, nose, fine and tapery, with a very slight curve upwards of tip of nose. A curve downwards (as in the Borzoi) should be an absolute disqualification. The "stop" well marked, and the skull rather raised, but flat on the top, not dome-shaped. Muzzle just finished, not overshot. Long ears, set high, and carried pricked forwards, framing the face. Large dark eyes, set wide apart, and showing the white when turned. They must be set perfectly straight, not obliquely, in the head. Whatever colour the dog may be, the nose and lips must be black. Neck arched. Back broad and short. Tail set on a level with the back, and carried gaily, though not straight up in the air, or curled over the back like a Pomeranian. It should be docked to about 4 or 5 inches, and well furnished with long feathering. General carriage very smart and gay. Legs reasonably short, and perfectly straight, bone light, though strong. Build square, sturdy, and compact, but never heavy.

The action should be smart and prancing, coat very curly, but not woolly. It should be rather silky in texture, and very glossy. Liberal feathering, waistcoat, and breechings. Shape is all important; colour a secondary matter. Best colour a brilliant black, with white waistcoat. Next, red with white waistcoat, black and white, and red and white. Best size from 11 to 13 inches at shoulder. Any tendency to weediness should be carefully avoided, and the height at shoulders should just about equal the length from top of shoulders to root of tail. The size should not be judged by weight, but by height, as they should weigh heavily for their size. A dog about 13 inches high should weigh about 15 lbs. Very small specimens - i.e., under 9 inches high - are only desirable if the type, soundness, compactness, and sturdiness are unimpaired. Feet close, firm, and hard. They and the lower part of the legs should not be too heavily feathered. The expression of face should be very alert, and very sweet. The dogs should be very bold and courageous. Timidity is a great fault, and should tell against them in the ring. They are excellent ratters and rabbiters. As to proportion of head, if the total length of head be about 6 inches, the ears should be set about 4 inches apart.

The whole head, seen from a bird's-eye point of view, should be triangle, with the tip of nose as apex. General appearance should be that of an exquisitely pretty little sporting dog, very strong, and exceedingly smart and compact.

They must not be confounded with Cockers, being a totally different type.

Scale Of Points

General appearance, including condition and smartness....

12

Coat............................................

IO

Head and expression

15

Eyes............................................

6

curve and proportion of muzzlar...............

6

Set on of ears.............................

5

Legs and feet..................................

5

Colour..............................................

5

Action and soundness of limb..........

10

Size

5 10

Compactness, level-ness of back, and set of tail........

Boldness and alertness ............

8

Soundness of teeth..

3

Total

100

Points That Should Disqualify

1. A flesh-coloured nose.

2. A downward curve of muzzle.

3. No "stop."

4. Hanging lips.

5. Crooked forelegs.

6. Light-coloured eyes.

7. Slanting eyes.

8. A very long body.

9. Bad action.

Points that are Very Undesirable.

1. Timidity.

2. A straight coat.

3. Low set ears.

4. Exaggeratedly short or long legs.

5. Sluggishness:

6. Exaggeration of any kind.

7. Drooping tail.

8. Showing teeth or tongue.

9. An " apple " head.

Measurements Of A Perfect Specimen

Inches.

Breadth of skull at eyes from each outside corner of eyes accrose head..........................

5

length of Skull..............................

4

Length of Nose..............................

2

Circumference of skull

10

Circumference of muzzle under eyes...................

6

Space between eyes..

1

Space between ears when not pricked........................

4

Inches

Length of ears (leather)

4

Height at shoulders.............................

Length from top of shoulders to root of tail.....................................

13 13

Length of forelegs to elbow..........................

7

Breadth at shoulders.

6

Breadth at quarters..

6

Girth ..............

19

Feathering on tail flag

6

Waistcoat feathering.

4

The origin of the breed is unknown, but it is supposed to be descended from the original curly King Charles Spaniel (see Mr. Watson's "Book of the Dog ") and the old-fashioned curly Sussex Spaniel, now extinct. There is no certainty in this. The breed exists in Italy and Holland.

Toy Spaniels also have the Northern Toy Spaniel Club. Secretary, Mrs. - E. A. Furnival, Eastwood, Mauldeth Road, Heaton Mersey, Manchester.