Airedale, Setter and Hound; With a Chapter on the Pointer and Irish Setter

Airedale, Setter and Hound; With a Chapter on the Pointer and Irish Setter

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...setter had all the advantage of being the bird dog used over the gun by the Virginia gentry, and it gave him a sort of aristocracy much at variance with the facts. For many years the pointers were much in the minority at field trials and made few wins. Even seven years ago when Fishel's Frank made his famous run in company with such great setters as Count Whitestone, Tonopaugh, Odessa, Caesar and Danfield there was much underlying prejudice in favor of the setters as a class. The case caused no end of discussion in the prints of that time, and may well be studied by those who want to get a line on the best blood of both breeds. Personally I read over all the evidence on both sides and cannot help but feel that the decision then given was not adequate. At least five of the dogs in that famous trial should have been called for a second series if the judges were bent on finding the best dog, as there was nothing conclusive in many cases in the first series. Be that as it may, the pointers have steadily gained in power since that time, the field trials of to--day usually entering eight pointers to twelve setters and the pointers winning on the average three out of five of the stakes. Not that I regard field trials as conclusive evidence of any dog's superiority over the rest of the canine race. I have shot over both pointers and setters, with no papers at all, who at least equaled, if not bettered, the best field trial reports that I have read. There are thousands of crack dogs in this country who never see a field trial because their owners are indifferent or do not want to butt in on the game or cannot afford the expense. Among professionals the evil of the field trial is that the winning dog is promptly studded to death, more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236886917
  • 9781236886910