Our Domestic Pets

Our Domestic Pets

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ... be a dweller within the house. There is the Terrier, an amusing, bright-eyed, agile-limbed, fussy animal. There is the Italian Greyhound, one of the most beautiful animals in the world, but too delicate to please the taste of a boy. There is the Scotch Terrier--that odd, wiry-haired, clever creature, which has so often been immortalized by affectionate owners. AH these varieties are delightful animals, and we like them all. But had we the choice of a The Terrier. dog we should take neither of them, preferring a mixture between the terrier and the bull-dog, provided, of course, that each were of good breed. Many people fancy that a bull-terrier is a dangerous dog to have about the house, and imagine that it is given to biting without due cause, and is too savage to be turned into a pet. But much of this misapprehension may be traced to the long-established and popular error regarding the bull-dog. It is seldom that a favourable account of this animal is given, and it is thought to be brutal, stupid, vindictive, and irreclaimably ferocious. It is impossible to deny that too many bull-dogs agree with this description; but it is equally impossible to deny that whenever they possess such bad characters, the fault lies almost entirely with their master. "Like master, like dog," is an old and true saying, which has been based on the experience of many years. If the bull-dog is properly treated, if the owner makes the animal his companion, and if he carefully studies its character, as every pet-owner ought to do, encouraging the good qualities, and gently reproving the bad, it will be as gentle and much more quiet than a King Charles or a toy terrier. Looks are certainly against the animal. There is, perhaps, no creature with a more fell aspect than a...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681304
  • 9781236681300