F - Fox Terrier, Fox Hound
There are two breeds of fox terrier for us to admire.
|Smooth Fox Terrier - Ivory Super Pride|
(By Renata Schwarzove (CZ) - Owner)
However I have to say it's the wire-haired terrier that is my favourite.
|Wired-haired Fox Terriers|
(Listed on Flickr as Daisy & Gatsby - by Alicia Nijden, CC BY 2.0)
Great rabbiters, but as their name implies they will also pursue foxes, They originated in the coal-mining areas of Durham and Derbyshire.
Those of you who are fans of Herge's "Adventures of Tintin" will know that his dog Snowy is a white Wired-haired Fox Terrier.
In literature, Montmorency,a wired-haired too, accompanies the men in Jerome K Jerome's "Three Men in a Boat."
Thomas Hardy was not a fan of the smooth fox terrier after he was bitten by one. His wired-haired dog, appropriately named Wessex, featured in two of his poems.
"Dead Wessex." A Dog to the Household as you might guess from the title is a much sadder affair. I'll let you find that one for yourself.
Foxhounds, one of the four foxhound breeds are scent hounds, bred to hunt. However fox hunting with dogs is now banned in the UK and they have to follow a laid-down scent instead.
|Pack of Foxhounds - August 2004|
(By Luna04 at fr.wikipedia - CC BY-SA 3.0)
I just wonder how long it will be before they ban the old folk songs too,
Or is it a case of "if you can't beat them, join them?"