Australian Terrier Dog
A fairly popular dog in Australia and New Zealand is the Australian Terrier, which is a low-set dog obviously showing its descent from the Yorkshire, Norwich, Cairn, and other British Terriers, which together made this comparatively recent breed. Although the breed has had many devotees in the Antipodes and has been known there since about 1860, it is still not breeding as meticulously as it might be. In fact, many of the British-bred stocks are finer in type.
Sydney Silky dogs are frequently crossed with Australians, which is not to the advantage of either. The breed was introduced to Great Britain in 1903, and thanks to the pioneering work of the Countess of Stradbroke and Mrs. Bassett, it has become quite well known.
- Height 10 in (25 cm)
- Weight 10-11 lb (4.5-5 kg)
- Coat type/colour Coat straight and hard. Colour blue or silver-grey on body with tan on legs and face, alternatively sandy or red. Ears pricked or dropped forward; tail docked short.
Known for its scenting skills, the Bloodhound was probably developed from an old breed known as the St Hubert Hound, which was brought to Europe by soldiers returning from the Crusades before the Middle Ages. It was introduced to Britain by the Normans after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. As a result of the careful breeding of these hounds, they became known as ‘blooded hounds’, which, in turn, was presumably shortened simply to Bloodhounds.
In spite of their name, these are not aggressive dogs and make good family pets. They will need long walks, however, where their scenting skills will soon become apparent. Bloodhounds are surprisingly sensitive by nature and respond best to encouragement rather than criticism.
You will need to watch their pendulous ears, as these are easily damaged. The eyes, too, can suffer from problems, while the wrinkled skin on their head may provide a focus for local infections. Bloodhounds usually prove hardy and tenacious by nature. They are bred in several colors, notably combinations of black and tan and liver and tan, as well as red. Small areas of white on the chest, feet, and at the tip of the tail will not be penalized for show purposes.
The Bloodhound descends from an old breed introduced into England from Normandy by William the Conqueror and used successively as a hunting dog for red deer by William Rufus, patrol dog by the medieval curfew men, and later as a tracking dog by the police. Trained dogs have been known to follow trails over 100 hours old with success. Not often used for tracking criminals now these hounds are still trained and trails are held.
- Height 25-27 in. (63.5-68.5 cm)
- Weight 88 lb (40 kg)
- Colour type/colour Coat short and glossy. Black-and-tan, red-and-tan or tawny. Head large with prominent peak and ample wrinkle, furnished with much loose skin; ears long, set low and pendant; eyes show the ‘haw’. Tail long and tapering.
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