The Greyhound in 1864; Being the Second Edition of a Treatise on the Art of Breeding, Rearing, and Training Greyhounds for Public Running

The Greyhound in 1864; Being the Second Edition of a Treatise on the Art of Breeding, Rearing, and Training Greyhounds for Public Running

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...bred several foals by an Arabian horse, which showed the quagga markings, though each time more and more faintly. Burdach has remarked the same in the sow and bitch, and in the human female the observation has frequently been made, but of course in none is it so strongly marked as in the mule and quagga. If these facts are correctly stated, it is highly important to guard against a brood bitch being warded at any time by a mongrel, or even by a badly-bred greyhound. It will thus be seen that, though few, there are some brood landmarks which may serve to guide the breeder, and that by studying them he may hope to avoid the grievous errors so often made by those who think breeding in all cases a complete lottery. Indeed, by those who pride themselves most upon their experience and success, it is very commonly supposed that the breeder has nothing to do but to correct any defect in his bitch by fixing upon a stallion which possesses in an eminent degree the quality r defective in her. But this will not do in practice. It is necessary to go deeper, and not only to do this, but to detect the cause of the defect, and then to select an animal which possesses, both in himself and family, the peculiar conformation of body and brain which will insure its correction. Thus a slow bitch may be defective, either from her form being generally too thick and compact, or, in particular, from having clumsy shoulders, or weak hind-quarters, or lastly, from a weak or sluggish nervous organisation. Now each of these deficiencies would require a different stallion to rectify it. As for instance, a slow and clumsyshouldered bitch would not be likely to produce a fast litter of whelps by putting her to a fast dog, which had nevertheless, as is sometimes seen, equally...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236586166
  • 9781236586162