From paintings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes
This is one of the English toys, which name in this country includes the
King Charles (named after Charles II, with whom they were favorites),
They differ from one another only in distribution of color, being identical in conformation.
They are all small, scaling from seven to twelve pounds. The ears are
very long and flowing, reaching nearly to the ground, and are
heavily furred with long, silky hair. The coat throughout should be
long and silky, straight or wavy, but never curly. They all have the
bulby head, short muzzle, deep jaw, wide-set bulging eyes, dark and large pupil,
showing the white when they look askance, which is much of the time.
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Owing to the condensed face, their breathing is often faulty and asthmatic;
also owing to their surroundings they generally get fat and fussy; owing to their high price,
the public is not greatly troubled with them; owing to their physical
disabilities and the inherent weaknesses due to long generations of inbreeding,
they are poor reproducers and hard to rear; and owing to their
snobbish dispositions, they have never been popular, nor ever will be.
The King Charles is the pure black-and-tan type.
The tricolor, or Prince Charles, is black and tan with a large amount of white.
The Ruby is all deep rich red or mahogany bay.
The Blenheim is mainly “pearly white.” with large, evenly distributed ruby or chestnut markings.
THE BRUSSELS GRIFFON
The origin of the Brussels griffon is in doubt.
Some authorities say that he really came from Brussels;
others say that he originated in the coal mines of England.
In any case, he is one of the funniest-looking dogs in the world, and has
little to commend him to popular taste but his entirely bizarre appearance.
His weight is below nine pounds, the best class having six pounds as a maximum.
The rather oversized round head is carried with an alert cockiness, and the
perky expression is heightened by the bright, full, dark eyes. The muzzle is very short.
The ears, if clipped, stand erect; if in their natural form they lop a little, being held semi-erect.
The most peculiar feature is perhaps the fringed beard,
which gives the griffon a very human expression.
The hair, red in color, is harsh and wiry. He should be a rather
stockily built little animal, with straight, strong, though slender legs.
He is a toy, pure and simple, however, and thesa qualities are
rather the aim than the achievement of the breeders.
In truth, he must, at present at least, be considered rather a grotesque, spindly little creature.
There is a smooth • griffon and a larger “Brabanqon,”
but they have never become known in this country.