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Fill My Eye - The Bull Terrier


Release date late mid June 2021

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Contents

Forward

An “Eye” for a Bull Terrier

A few hints for the Novice

What do we mean by “Type”

Type and the Breed Standard

Type and the Bull Terrier

Colour and the Breed Standard

Colour and its inheritance

History and march of the Tricolour

Black and Tan – The End Game

Control of Invasive Recessive Gene

Conformation and Movement

Establishing a Line with Russell Lamonby

Knowledge, Observation, Interpretation

Ringside Assessment of Movement

KC Bull Terrier Breed Standard

KC Standard Colours for the Bull Terrier

Illustrations

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

“Fill My Eye” book Proofs have now been returned to the Printer and I would expect the book to be published around the mid to late June 2021.


Many thanks to Bill Lambert for writing the Forward, the following of which is an extract:


“This book needs to be read and digested, as it contains some stark warnings, particularly about the colours of the breed. If breeders are not careful, we could reach a point where there is no going back. Dog breeding is changing and the large kennels of yesterday seem to be consigned to the pages of history. The smaller kennels of today need to work together if they are to see the breed progress. However, the size of a kennel does not need to be a barrier to success and the section on establishing a line which tracks the success of the Emred Kennel demonstrates that, by absorbing and applying that knowledge and by remaining patient and staying true to values, the modern breeder can be every bit as successful and can exert a positive influence that affects not just one kennel but the whole breed.


This is a book for the breeder the exhibitor, the owner and the judge. Most of all it is a book for the “the Bull Terrier fancier”

"FILL MY EYE" BOOK REVIEW BY SIMON PARSONS

I wonder if today’s Bull Terrier enthusiasts realise quite how lucky they are to have so much fascinating literature about their breed, far more than is available for most other breeds. From Hogarth and Glyn to Oppenheimer and Harris, and many others along the way - the breed’s history, type and character are superbly well documented. In recent times Frank Dyson of the Tawnbarr kennel has joined those who have put their thoughts on paper, not least through his detailed original research on the early days of the ‘White Cavalier’. Now he has turned his pen towards more current topics in his latest book, entitled ‘Fill My Eye, the Bull Terrier’.


He starts with a detailed discussion on ‘type’ in the breed, encompassing the situation that various ‘types’, for example the more ‘bully’ dogs and the more ‘terrierish’ ones, have always existed and all have their part to play in the quest for the ideal.

Some of Frank’s thoughts resonated with me - for example that when assessing the breed’s distinctive head, a spectacular down-face is not the only thing to seek, and in itself can lead to exaggeration - a balance between all the aspects which make up the head and expression is what’s important. Indeed the same can be said of the dog as a whole. He feels, as I do, that the issue of instanding canine teeth may well not be a modern phenomenon - just that we never thought to look for it in the past when we tended merely to look at the position of the front teeth.


Later in the book he writes about conformation and movement and how best to assess them, a subject which I feel breeders nowadays pay much more attention to than when I began to observe the breed. Anyone with an interest in breeding or judging the Bull Terrier would do well to read and digest these chapters.


The more controversial aspect of the book deals with colour. The Standard is an unusual one in that, where coloureds are concerned, it expresses a preference for one colour pattern, brindle, all other things being equal. Of course, in reality all other things are never equal, and I for one have never had to make such a close decision between two coloureds that I’ve had to exercise a preference for brindle. But it is the next few words in the Standard that result in an anomaly. While brindle is preferred, black brindle, red, fawn and tricolour are all acceptable. Look at this clause more closely and you notice a discrepancy. The word ‘tricolour’ presupposes white markings, whereas the words ‘brindle’, ‘black brindle’, ‘red’ and ‘fawn’ don’t. Going on from that, this means that those four colours are equally within the Standard if marked with white (as long as colour predominates), or in their ‘solid’ form (with no or hardly any white markings), whereas tricolour (actually black, tan and white) is, according to the Standard, acceptable only with white markings - a solid black and tan would be incorrect.


I’ve always thought that this is simply sloppy wording, but Frank feels it is deliberate and that there are good historical reasons for not encouraging black and tan to get too big a foothold in the breed’s pedigrees. Following on from this, he expresses concern that so many modern Bull Terriers are, or are capable of producing, tricolour which he feels is not in the breed’s best interests. Indeed, many of us have expressed a degree of sorrow that we no longer see so many classically marked brindle and whites, such as the great Romany kennel was renowned for breeding, though there are encouraging signs that this may be changing. Whether Frank’s concerns are justified I will leave to those more knowledgeable about colour genetics than I am, but he certainly gives food for thought and I’m sure there will be plenty of discussion in breed circles.


Not many breeders develop an easily recognisable ‘line’, especially in today’s conditions when few can run a big kennel. But one who certainly did was the late and bitterly lamented Russell Lamonby, and Frank includes an article Russ wrote on establishing a line, including photos of his major dogs, all with the Emred hallmarks which we came to expect from his animals.


Throughout the book Frank uses to good effect photos of dogs who excel in the areas he is discussing (and occasionally of those who don’t).


THE DEFINITIVE BULL TERRIER (from Puss to Gully)



From the author of The Bull Terrier Handbook, for Type, Conformation and Movement, now comes a ground breaking, verifiably correct, early history of the Bull Terrier. First Limited Edition now out of print. A signed, numbered, Limited and expanded Second Edition is now available, entitled The Definitive Bull Terrier (and Making the Miniature Bull Terrier).

THE DEFINITIVE BULL TERRIER (and “making the Miniature Bull Terrier”)

A signed, numbered, limited, Second Edition of The Definitive Bull Terrier (from Puss to Gully) expanded to include “and making the Miniature Bull Terrier” will be available for posting shortly.

“Whilst the Miniature Bull Terrier Club was granted recognition by the Kennel Club in 1939, the breed has a much longer history than that. It is interesting to note that in 1872, Mr Henry Webb distinguished what we now call Miniature Bull Terriers as a separate breed from their larger cousins in the book he edited, 'Dogs: Their Points, Whims, Instincts and Peculiarities'. Of further interest was that one of the contributors to Webb’s book was the great supporter of small bull terriers, none other than S E Shirley MP."

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CONTENTS :

Introduction

Monarchs and Mastys

Bulldoggs

Sporting Pastimes

The New Bulldog

The Fable of Old Madman “the Bulldog”

James Hinks

White English Terrier

The Early Shows 1834 – 1863 (Cremorne)

Puss, that fight and the future

William ("Bill") Tupper

The Puss Fight at Tupper's Blue Boars Head, Long Acre

The Early Shows 1863 (Paris) – 1867

Old Victor and Young Victor

James Hinks withdraws from Show Scene

James Hinks Exhibits Again

Hinks - The Next Generation

Ch Gully the Great

Making the Miniature Bull Terrier

Ear Cropping in England and America

Bibliography and Notes




BILL LAMBERT:    The Definitive Bull Terrier (From Puss to Gully)

The Bull Terrier, is a relatively new breed with a reasonably well-documented history, and its roots can be traced back quite clearly through many published works, most of which give fairly similar accounts.  In recent years however, some doubt has been placed on the accuracy of some of these tales, which is perhaps unsurprising when considering the times that existed when the breed was conceived; the breed has a dark past and it’s quite likely that some stories have grown in the re-telling or perhaps have deviated from the original.  Frank Dyson’s new book “The Definitive Bull Terrier (From Puss to Gully)” attempts to unravel the true story and by researching much of the available literature he has put together what is an extremely valuable history of the breed.

Frank takes us back to the middle of the 19th Century, where we find that the breed which was developed as “a gentleman’s companion” was not exclusively owned by gentlemen, but was also the companion of rogues, cheats and vagabonds.  Indeed, it brought gentry and rogue together and Frank attempts to shine a light into some of these murky corners.  By careful analysis of much of the early writings on the breed, he has developed a fascinating journey through history.  He clearly takes nothing at face value and it would seem that he has checked and double checked each event before committing to paper.

He resists the temptation to repeat what is written elsewhere and clearly he is not one to take stories at face value, as each event that he records is backed up by an analysis of the available evidence.  We learn that as the breed was developing there were many cross-overs in type and even in breed; the lines between Bulldog and Bull Terrier were blurred to the extent that in some cases it was not clear which “box” each belonged in.  It seems likely that some dogs may have been shown as either “Bulldog” or “Bull Terrier” and may even have switched breed from one to the other to suit the fancy of the judge of the day.  Add to this the fact that many dogs carried the same name with many bitches being called “Puss” or many dogs being called “Madman”, and with ownerships changing frequently, it’s little wonder that the stories may have become confused.  However, by diligent research of the available literature, Frank attempts to get to the bottom of many of these stories and each event is backed up with a review of the relevant evidence.

Frank’s research does not stop at just the dogs and their pedigrees; personalities, events and locations are uncovered and one gets a distinct flavour of the time.  It is disappointing that so many of the locations described have now disappeared as a photographic record would be an equally interesting journey.  Neither, however does he stop in the UK; he also takes us to the USA and perhaps more surprisingly to France which it appears was used as an outlet for the disposal of some dogs that were obtained by less than honest means.

Whereas James Hinks is credited as the true founder of the breed, he did not work in isolation, and this book makes it clear that there were others who added something to the breed as it was developed.  Hinks was not just a breeder, he was clearly a dog dealer, and by today’s standards would himself been considered a rogue.  Hinks did not restrict himself to the Bull Terrier and Bulldog but clearly owned other breeds including Greyhounds, some of which may have contributed to the breed and in addition to investigating this, Frank has uncovered much more about Hinks and his family.  Certainly there is much new interesting and fascinating evidence in this book all of which is carefully analysed before being presented.

Frank writes in a clear “matter of fact” style.  He is easy to follow as he takes you back in time.  The book is a fascinating read and a must-have for anyone interested in the history of the breed.  It’s not a book to be read just once, but will be referred to time and time again and used as a reference poit.  It thoroughly deserves its place on the bookshelf of any enthusiast.

CONTENTS :

Introduction

Monarchs and Mastys

Bulldoggs

Sporting Pastimes

The New Bulldog

The Fable of Old Madman “the Bulldog”

James Hinks

White English Terrier

The Early Shows 1834 – 1863 (Cremorne)

Puss, that fight and the future

William ("Bill") Tupper

The Puss Fight at Tupper's Blue Boars Head, Long Acre

The Early Shows 1863 (Paris) – 1867

Old Victor and Young Victor

James Hinks withdraws from Show Scene

James Hinks Exhibits Again

Hinks - The Next Generation

Ch Gully the Great

Ear Cropping in England and America

Bibliography and Notes



Reviewed by Simon Parsons, with thanks to Dog World

I’VE OFTEN written that some breeds are much luckier than others in the scope and quality of their literature. One of the fortunate breeds is the Bull Terrier with a huge quantity of books and other publications down the years, from Raymond Oppenheimer’s elegant classics to David Harris’ magnificent overview, and many more concentrating on different aspects.

A subject of perennial fascination is the breed’s origin and its progress up the social scale. Credit for initiating the polishing-up process goes to Birmingham breeder and dealer James Hinks who, even if not necessarily the first to cross ‘bull’ and ‘terrier’ type dogs (not to mention possibly adding in a dose of Greyhound or Dalmatian), produced animals with an extra touch of quality so that they came to dominate the early pre-Kennel Club dog shows.

The latest author to look back at these somewhat shadowy days of the 1860s is Frank Dyson of the Tawnbarr Bull Terriers in his bravely titled The Definitive Bull Terrier (from Puss to Gully).

Puss was Hinks’ famous bitch who, the story goes, won at the Cremorne show in London in 1863. It seems the rival London enthusiasts were not altogether approving of Hinks’ more refined type of dog, and Puss was challenged to a fight that evening at the Blue Boar’s Head inn in Long Acre, run by one of the prominent members of the London set, Bill Tupper. Puss quickly proved she was as game as she was beautiful, rapidly dispatching her challenger and then reappearing at the show venue the next day, unscathed bar some ‘honourable’ scars. After that the detractors of Hinks’ type were well and truly routed.

Some suggest that this is all a myth but Frank examines the evidence, documentary and circumstantial, and comes to the conclusion that the ‘match’ did indeed take place.

In most breeds in pre-registration days the habit of calling dogs by the same name (and without anything resembling an affix) is a major hurdle for pedigree researchers. James Hinks was a big ‘offender’ and in his book Frank does his best to distinguish between the various dogs he owned or bred who were all called Madman. This has caused considerable confusion and with reference to the early Stud Books, show catalogues, stud cards and press reports, Frank throws some light on which Madman was which – one was a Bulldog, the rest Bull Terriers, including three litter brothers and another Madman who was a bitch!

Later the same confusion encompassed the name Victor and Frank tries to sort out which of them it is who appears in the breed’s only surviving tail male line.

Another mystery he delves into is why James Hinks, around 1870, suddenly stopped showing for a year or two, before returning briefly to the ring. I won’t reveal what Frank has found; suffice to say that James may be the beloved founder of the breed but he certainly wasn’t a saint!

Frank goes on to give credit to Hinks’ son Fred for carrying on, in a more respectable fashion, his father’s legacy, this contribution sometimes being underestimated in favour of that of his more articulate brother James Junior.

There are many more fascinating glimpses of this long gone and far from politically correct world from which our own pedigree dog scene evolved. Details from the author at [email protected]

Tawnbarr and Tyebar from a Catalogue of Calamity to New Beginnings

This is a story of two young enthusiasts with a common interest in Bull Terriers. Andy Stubbs (Tyebar) and Frank Dyson (Tawnbarr) both starting off at the same time with their quality bred coloured foundation bitches, following the advice of Tom Horner in his book ‘All about the Bull Terrier’.

Little were they to know that from that first meeting they would become life long friends, having shared the same joyful and painful experiences as they journeyed through the first five years in the breed.

Undaunted by their early experiences they both became relatively successful, each owning and breeding champion dogs and each judging the breed at a high level.


Due to the Coronavirus Lockdown, this book has been published using home office facilities and may contain some imperfections. Each book has been individually prepared.




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