The setter

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Longmans, Green and Company, 1872
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Page iii - The SETTER : with Notices of the most Eminent Breeds now Extant. Instructions how to Breed, Rear, and Break, Dog Shows, Field Trials, and General Management, &c. By EDWARD LAVERACK.
Page 41 - Now westlin winds and slaught'ring guns Bring Autumn's pleasant weather; The moorcock springs on whirring wings Amang the blooming heather: Now waving grain, wide o'er the plain, Delights the weary farmer; And the moon shines bright, when I rove at night, To muse upon my charmer. The partridge loves the fruitful fells, The plover loves the mountains; The woodcock haunts the lonely dells, The soaring hern the...
Page ix - I'll publish, right or wrong: Fools are my theme, let satire be my song. Oh! nature's noblest gift - my grey goose-quill! Slave of my thoughts, obedient to my will, Torn from thy parent bird to form a pen, 10 That mighty instrument of little men!
Page 5 - Pasterns short, muscular, and straight. The feet very close and compact, and well protected by hair between the toes. TAIL — The tail should be set on almost in a line with the back; medium length, not curly or ropy, to be slightly curved or scimitar- shaped, but with no tendency to turn upwards; the flag or feather hanging in long, pendant flakes; the feather should not commence at the root, but slightly below, and increase in length to the middle, then gradually taper off towards the end; and...
Page 16 - Pilot, Major Douglas's Racket, Lord Breadalbane's Tom, and other great craftsmen of the breed were of that colour. Now all the setters in the castle kennel are entirely black and white, with a little tan on the toes, muzzle, root of the tail, and round the eyes.
Page 2 - I am of the opinion that all Setters have more or less originally sprung from our various strains of Spaniels, and I believe most breeders of any note agree that the Setter is nothing more than a Setting Spaniel. How the Setter attained his sufficiency of point is difficult to account for, and I leave that question to wiser heads than mine to determine. The Setter is said and acknowledged, by authorities of long standing, to be of greater antiquity than the Pointer. If this...
Page 22 - ... feet close and compact ; thighs particularly well bent or crooked, well placed and close under the body of the animal, not wide or straggling. Colour black, or blue and white ticked ; coat long, soft, and silky in texture ; eyes soft, mild, and intelligent, of a dark hazel colour ; ears low set on and close to the head, giving a round development to the skull. There is another variety of the same strain, called the Lemon and White Beltons, exactly the same breed and blood.
Page 22 - ... a dark hazel colour ; ears low set on and close to the head, giving a round development to the skull. There is another variety of the same strain, called the Lemon and White Beltons, exactly the same breed and blood. These are marked similar to the blues, except being spotted all through with lemon colour instead of blue, and precisely of the same form and characteristics ; equally good, hardy, and enduring. Having possessed the above strain for nearly fifty years, I consider there are none superior.
Page 30 - My dogs are more inter-crossed, and inter-bred, than directly bred in and in. There are several secrets connected with my system of intercrossing that I do not think advisable to give to the public at present. I can only say better constitutions, better feeders, and hardier animals than I have, do not exist. It must not be supposed I am prejudiced and obstinate in my system of breeding. I have tried crossing, or letting my blood loose ten or a dozen times, but the result has always been unsatisfactory...
Page 4 - The ears of moderate length, set on low and hanging in neat folds close to the cheeks ; the tips should be velvety, the upper part clothed with fine, silky hair. NECK. — Should be rather long, muscular, and lean ; slightly arched at the crest, and clean cut where it joins the head ; towards the shoulder it should be larger and very muscular, not throaty or any pendulosity below the throat, but elegant and bloodlike in appearance. BODY. — Should be of moderate length, with shoulders well set back,...

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