The Dog Fancy in New Zealand.
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New Zealand cannot be said to be so far advanced ia the dog fancy generally as Victoria, or even New South Wales, yet in going through tho country one finds the business is by no means a dead letter. Many genuine fanciers have for years fought an uphill battle, with more or less success, to bring into prominence the true " friend of man," and to arouse a public feeling in favor of continuing to improve the different breeds of the canino species, I say with more or less success, as I am informed that at times the support they received was anything but encouraging, and in one or two iustaures so little interest was shown that some have actually contemplated retiring from the struggle. It is pleasing, therefore, to be able to chronicle signs of better times, and to find new and energetic blood coming forward with a rallying cry to the assistance of their weary brethren. Anyone who visited the late dog show at Wellington could not help being struck by the great enthusiasm shown in the cause by the new contingent, and must have felt, that a wave of doggy prosperity was setting in amongst the inhabitants of this glorious country that must carry them shortly to the top ot the tree. In breeding and rearing British dogs New Zealand has an advantage in climate over the neighboring colonic?, and when once they become established it will take us all our time to compete successfully against them in many breeds. Some of the varieties aro already pretty well established, and many others are about to be introduced, so wo may expect shortly to see some of our valuable prizes crossing the sea. This new move is by no means a disadvantage to the breeders on this side, as several of our leading kennels are receiving orders from the New Zealand fanciers. In one or two classes, however, we are nothing in advance of our neighbors—nay, I may say we are behind them in some-—so that a little reciprocation can take place with advantage. Speaking of this interchange of stock, I am reminded of a matter that has often occurred to me—viz., the necessity of assimilating the rules of the different colonies. Now that exhibitors aro likely to send their stock from one colony to the other for exhibition it is highly essential that the rules regulating entries, etc., should as nearly as possible be the same in all. It ia the intention of the New Zealand fanciers to make an effort to hold a large intercolonial dog show at Dunedin during their forthcoming Exhibition, and I think this would be a good opportunity for the different colonics to depute delegates from their respective societies to arrange preliminaries for bringing this desirable federation to a successful issue. Mr Twopeny, of Dunedin, is just the man to carry this thing out, if he can spare the time and will consent to take the lead. In fact, I know of uo one so well able to do so, and would suggest an invitation from a body of leading exhibitors in the other colonies phould be sent inviting him to take the initiative. I know that many of the most substantial fanciers in Victoria will only bo too pleased to assist in the necessary arrangements. Some of our leading fanciers might suggest a way of opening up correspondence with the fancy generally. As is invariably the case in any country, the fox-ts/rier is by f;ir the most popular ih-g in Now Zealand. At Wellington considerably over one-thin! of the entries were of tneso fashionable little doge, and some of
the specimens were of high class. The Melbourne kennels have been largi-ly drawn upon by the New Zealand breeders. Mr Lynott some years ago sent a lew useful ones out, and traces of the blood supplied are to be found in many of the leading stocks, but it i 3 from Mr Beilby's konnels that the most successful dogs of the present day have sprung, and his name, coupled with that of his old champion Richmond Jack, are qirtc household words among the fancy. Mr Twopenny, of Dunedin, is one of the oldest and most successful exhibitors of the breed, and through his dog Belvoir Tom he has spread over the colony some fairly good stock. I was sorry to hear this gentleman had partly decided to retire from the show-ring, but trust he will alter his mind and continue in the show ranka,_ as his retirement would bo a loss just at a time when things cloggy are on the turn for the better.
Amongst the new fanciers perhaps the most prominent and successful is Mr Robert Triggs, of Wellington. This young fancier has shown both pluck and discernment in the selection of his stock, and I can safely s-;y his kennel now contains not only some \wy good-looking and valuable specimens, but also tho best blood procurable. Harewood Rose, a Diamond Jack bitch, is well known to many of the Melbourne fancy as a first-prize taker at the last Victorian Poultry and Dog Society's show. Mr Triggs has now from her some promising puppies by Belgrave Spark. Shelford Jack, another Melbourne performer, is also in the kennel, aud has lately added two more firsts to his last one at Christchurch and the Champion Cup at Wellington. There is also a fairly good brood bitch by Ariua now rearing a nice litter by the imported dog New Forest Danger. Yet another Melbourne winner, Miss Nancy, has just been purchased, and as she is in pup to Richmond Jack should be a valuable addition ; and last, but not least, the young bitch Harewood Safety, the winner in the puppy class under twelve months at Wellington, by New Forest Danger ex Lily, one of the most promising colonial-bred youngsters I have yet seen. Mr Youug, of Hunediu, is another beginner, and, although his stock is at present only limited, he is on the right track to success. His bitch by Arius is a right one to breed from, aud he has already a promising young bitch from her by New Forest Danger, Her next visit will be to Hunton Spark, and from this cross I shall expect to sec something above the common crowd. Mr Smallbone, of Nelson, has been very successful in breeding an excellent litter from his bitch Belvoir Faiiy to Richmond Jack, one of the litter, exhibited by Mr Innes Jones, being a very high-class dog, and somewhat easily carried off the cup for tho best New Zealand bred terrier against twenty competitors. This dog is named Richmond Jack 2nd. Possibly the owner is unaware that under Keunel Club rules he would not be allowed to use the prefix " Richmond," this word being already registered as the property of another breeder, and if it is the intention of Mr Jones to send him to any of the large shows (Melbourne, for instance) he must drop the word " Richmond," end substitute some other prefix. Messrs Moate and Row, of Wellington, are also good supporters of the breed, and a-puppy from Mr Moite's Canterbury Nettle by Mr Row's Welcome Jack was a good winner in the class under six months at Wellington. Mr F, Rogers, who also figures in the prize list, has a few of the right stamp at his poultry farm at Karori. Mr Weymouth, of Auckland, is also a very extensive breeder, and has a large kennel of dogs of very fashionable blood, but unfortunately I had not time to get so far north, so possibly missed a treat. Passing from the fox-terriers, I came to the ekyes and Bedlingtons. These, I find, have scarcely yet found a footing, the only Skye worth mentioning that came under my notice being a fairly good littlo dog exhibited by Mr Henry Wright, of Wellington, and was lately purchased from Mr J. Robertson, of Melbourne. He is of the right stamp, however, and can be taken as a sample of tho typo required. Mr R. Moate has a middling Bedlington in Pepper 2nd, but he is not good enough for high company, and his owner has sent a commission to England for a pair of real cracks, aud as there are none in tho colonies that I know of anything like high class, he will stand a good chance of making a sweep of the benches, not only in New Zealand, but also in tho neighboring countries.
Bulldogs are perhaps better represented in New Zealand than in any of the other colonies, Mr Dombruiu, of Chriatchurcb, and Mr Reid, of Dunedin, both possessing better class animals than we find on this side of the water ; yet there is room for improvement, and as some of the Victorian fanciers are sending home for some fashionable specimens I would advise them to look to their laurels. In retrievers, as in bulldogs, I am constrained to admit that at present their stock is somewhat in advance of their neighbors, but here again some English prize-winners are on the way out for Australia, so possibly the supremacy will not last lone;, unless an effort is made to bring something of higher class than those at present to the top of the troe.
I came across nothing very striking in tetters and po ; nterß, though one or two fair specimens are to bo found. Those fashionable and handsome dogs, the Gordons, aro very poorly represented, and there is room for a little new blood in all these classes, and one would imagine, with all the shooting to be had in the couutry, a little speculation in the shooting breeds would not be a bad thing. I saw a few fairly good-looking greyhounds in seme parts, but I am informed that coursing is not quite so flourishing in the country as it was a few years ago, and the kennels of greyhounds wore necessarily more limited, The greyhounds exhibited were only of very moderate stamp. Spaniels seem very well supported, and some very cieditablo specimens of the different breeds are to be met with. A few good clumbers (by the way, a rare breed in the Southern Hemisphere) are to bo seen, also a good Irish water spaniel or two. Cockers and field spauiebj are very numerous. Most of them, however, are inclined to curl in coat, a fault very widely met with all over the world. One notable specimen, however, which was entirely free from the fault, must not be passed over. I allude to Messrs Maealister and Thompson's Maori Nell, a black of no mean pretensions. These gentlemen are purchasing some stock from Messrs Whittaker, of Melbourne, and also intend using Jack Obo to Nell, so with ordinary luck they will soon have a very valuable kennel.
Mr A. T. Noyes, of Wellington, and a few other fanciers have some fairly good representatives of the breed, and which, with a little judicious crossiug, should produce something good. I found nothing of note in the mastiffs, and should think there is room for a few of this noble old breed, St. Bernaids are better represented here than in any of the other colonies, and I have no hesitation in saying they can beat anything, exespt, perhaps, Mr Anderson's newlyimpoited dog Rhodeiiek Dhu (now in quarantine), and he will have to pull himself together to beat them. It ia remarkable, yet no less true, that although I saw some excellent dogs, I never came across a bitch worth looking at. Mr C. Ringwood, of Christchurch, is one of tho most energetic of the fanciers in this fine race of dogs, and, I understand, intends taking advantage of the new blood introduced by Mr Anderson to improve his stock. There are a large number of dogs called Newfoundland iu the colony, but, like those in Australia, scarcely any of them are the real thing, being Urge black and white dogs, piincipally of the Labrador stamp. Here, agnin, is an opening for new Hood. Messrs Wark and Biggs, of Christchurch, possess a nice little blackand-tan terrier of the small size.
Mr Biggs's dogs, although very fair, are scarcely up to the present fashion of English stock ; but Mr Wark's Avon Bathbrick (imported) is something superior to anything I have seen in the colonies his Bize. Mr Biggs has determined on going in for some new blood, so we must expect to find him with something up to high-water mark ere long. I came across nothing in pugs worthy of Bpecial notice. There was a specimen or two of middling Maltese, but I saw nothiDg of any toy spaniols. As mi'jlit be expt'o'ed in a great pastoral country, c 'sheep dogs aro very numerous, and some very good specimens of the collie are to be seen in different parts, Amongst the
best that came under my notice were a black-and-white imported dug, the property of Mr Maedonald, North-east Valley, Dunediu; Mr James Innis's, Halswell, Canterbury (Help); and Messrs Harrison and Horrax'd Maj—all rough-coated.
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The Dog Fancy in New Zealand., Evening Star, Issue 7904, 11 May 1889, Supplement
The Dog Fancy in New Zealand. Evening Star, Issue 7904, 11 May 1889, Supplement
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