Bull Terriers in Argentina

Bull terriers have found their way into all parts of the globe, and their virtues are par- ticularly appreciated in India and the Far East generally. Their short coats make them peculiarly fitted for hot countries because they can be easily de-ticked, and the climate seems to suit them very well. As com panions and guards they are in comparable, being afraid of neither man nor beast. I understand that up to the present they have not been so popular in the Argentine Republic, the inhabitants of which are possibly more attached to horses than dogs. They have, however, an Argentino Kennel Club with its headquarters at Buenos Aires, and a certain number of shows are held every year. We have recently received some particulars about bull terriers in that country from Mrs. Barbara M. Dolgorouki-Perrin, who is a keen reader of Sport and Country. She sends us a photograph of her white bitch, Piccadilly Diadem, taken with her last November at the show in Palermo, Buenos Aires and one of a copper-red dog, Piccadilly Red Diploma, which is the property of her husband, and is supposed to be the finest coloured specimen in South America. Mrs. Dolgorouki-Perrin tells us that the few bull terriers that have been introduced into the Argentine Republic, although they came from excellent blood lines, owing to poor crossings have degenerated into tall, shelly, sickle-tailed, deaf and blue- eyed animals. As no one seemed to take bull terrier breeding seriously, she and her husband decided to form a kennel, adopting the name of Piccadilly.” They have both white and coloured, the latter being in the greater demand, as it is not so difficult to keep them clean, and they are less visible at night as watchdogs. Most of the work falls on the lady, as her husband has little time to spare. The Piccadilly Kennels have done very well considering the disturbing influence of the war years, and some of the dogs have been exported to Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and even Ecuador. Mrs. Dolgorouki-Perrin is the kind of breeder that we appreciate in this country, for her kennels are not merely a commercial proposition, but are run at a loss, although it gives her great personal satisfaction to know that dogs bred by her have in recent years won championships or first prizes in a large number of important centres. She never inbreeds, but tries to use as many different blood lines as possible. There are two specialist clubs in the Argentine the Coloured Bull Terrier Club and the Bull Terrier Club but, unfortunately, they have their dissensions, and members of one society do not exhibit their dogs at the shows of the other, and issue their own pedigrees, which are not accepted by the established societies. At present Mrs. Dolgorouki-Perrin is fortunate in having two dogs and a bitch with pedigrees recognised by the Argentino Rural Society, and she has to take great care that they are not eliminated by being stolen or poisoned. The Kennel Club Argentino holds two shows a year one in June and the other in November and the Rural Society has one show a year. Apparently affairs over there are not administered as strictly as they are by our own Kennel Club in this country. A pure white dog waij awarded a first prize notwithstanding the fact that it had a pair of sapphire”, blue eyes. That is a matter for the judge to decide himself, although if it is the case he was obviously wrong But what can we say of a bitch that was entered in the show catalogs and not taken before the judge, yet on the following day in the local Press it was announced that she had won a first prize and the champion- ship Puppies in Argentina only fetched modest prices, but I am reminded that one can purchase a horse for £1 in that country. Mrs. Dolgorouki- Perrin gets between 30 lb. and 40 lb of tripe per day at a cost of 3s., which is extremely modest.. One of the drawbacks from which they suffer is the lack of competent veterinary surgeons who understand dogs, medicines, and the ordinary powders for insects and skin issues.

Written by A. Croxton Smith

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