Thursday, May 07, 2009

Terrier Classification in the AKC Stud Book of 1889

The AKC Stud Book of 1889 classified Fox Terriers in the "Sporting Class" (see above), along with Setters, Pointers, Retrievers, Beagles, Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds Greyhounds, Deerhounds and Fox Hounds.

The same stud book classified all other terriers as "Non-Sporting" (see below).

For those interested in seeing the entire AKC stud book of 1889, I have loaded it up to the web site. The PDF is about 500 pages.

1 comment:

retrieverman said...

Now that's very interesting. People knew even back then that fox terriers (Jack Russell-type fox terriers) were useful, but the other breeds were already not useful for their work.

I also like that it says "Chesapeake bay" without the word "retriever" following it. At one time, this was only retriever you could get in this country, although you could get Irish and American water spaniels. The water spaniels and the Chessie were the basis of early retriever trials in this country. They were regionally prevalent, with water spaniels being more common in the Upper Midwest and Chesapeakes more common on the East Coast. These were both largely replaced by the Labrador in the years approaching the Second World War. (In Britain, the flat-coat replaced the curly, and then Labrador replaced the flat-coat. Of course, Lab was able to replace those older breeds for a very simple reason: it was heavily crossbred with flat-coats and Chessies until the 1940's.)