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The bull-terrier is very discriminating in his attachments and does not easily lose his temper, or, as a rule, fight, unless he is unduly excited. He is such a nervous dog that if he is roughly treated he is apt to become a coward, but there is no truer, more faithful friend than a properly trained terrier of this breed.
The fox-terrier is often a restless fidgety dog in a house ; indeed, to keep him much in the house seems to affect his intelligence. He fights readily, but a strong master can alter that. In sharpness and brightness and hardiness he is not to be beaten, and no dog is more inquisitive and full of spirits. Perhaps of little dogs he is the best.
One of the most interesting of the terriers as a household pet is that who takes his name from Scott's border farmer (in Guy Mannering) Dandie Dinmont. Though often a clever little dog, he can be very stupid, too, and he is suspicious of strangers.
The greatest fault of the Irish terrier is his fondness for barking unnecessarily ; but he is particularly intelligent, active, and vigorous, and will learn any trick your ingenuity can devise for him.
There are many other terriers—the Skye, with coat nearly sweeping the ground ; the Bedlington, somewhat like a tall Dandie ; the black and tan, the Aberdeen, the Welsh terrier, and others less well known ; but for pluck, brains, and fidelity, it is impossible to beat the Airedale and Bull-terriers.
Of all spaniels the Clumber is the most intelligent and beautiful ; he is also, although not a very demonstrative dog, very sincere in his devotion to his master.
The Cocker is a small spaniel : an active, merry little fellow who can be taught to retrieve. The black spaniel and the liver-coloured Sussex are, like the Clumber, of the oldest and best breeds, and the Sussex variety makes an excellent house dog. He is quiet and dignified and has very good manners. The common Norfolk spaniel is intelligent, a good water dog, and a faithful companion. A satisfactory puppy should not cost
The Irish terrier.