“Aberdeen Kennels,” Reg., 45 Richmond St., W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada Published September, 1940 by American News Company (which closed its doors in June, 1957) formatted for publication on STCA.biz
Janet Tomlinson, Historian
‘With the approach of the fall shows, many readers of this column will be interested in learning from an expert the various “wrinkles” employed in preparing a Scottish Terrier for the ring. We are again going to quote from The Scottish Terrier by that international authority, Dorothy S. Caspersz, compiler of Scottish Terrier Pedigrees and Hon. Secretary of the Scottish Terrier Club (England).
‘There are countless makes of trimming knives on the market, some with serrated edges to the blade, some plain. The trimmer must discover for himself with which he gets the most pleasing results. Clippers have to be resorted to for shortening the hair on the skull, cheeks, and just immediately under the throat, for the simple reason they cause no pain to the dog, whereas dragging hair off these parts with a knife usually does so unnecessarily. When using clippers always work against the growth of the hair, and until proficient only use on side or corner of the clippers – say, one-sixth part of the cutting surfaces. A smoother and more even result can be obtained this way than by attacking the hair with the whole breath of cutting surface at once. Do not use clippers further back than the occiput at the top of the skull, or further back at the sides of the face than the natural line down the side of the neck where hair meets and forms a kind of frill, nor further towards the muzzle than is indicated by the sloping line of shading in the diagram. Nor is it wise to use clippers much under the throat expect at the immediate bend. Below this, down the front of the neck and front of the chest of the dog, the hair should be judiciously kept in check either with a trimming knife or with finger and thumb, and be made to grade off imperceptibly into the longer hair over the shoulders and between the forelegs. The rear end of the dog and the tapering of the hair on the tail should also be treated with fingers or knife only, not clippers. Remember that whenever clippers are used, there will be hair that takes on a tendency to curl when and if allowed to grow, for continued clipping alters the character of the coat.
‘The whole art of successful trimming lies in bringing about the apparent merging of the shorter into the longer hairs without showing any line of demarcation between the two.’
(To be continued next month. If you intend to show your dog in competition, you cannot afford to miss the sequel of Mrs. Caspersz instruction in the art of “putting down” a Scottish Terrier – F.H.S.)’
There are some things that haven’t changed much since 1940.
Foot note from the above 1940 article: “Ordinary liquid nail polish remover is excellent to dissolve chewing gum or tar which your dog may step in.”
Janet Tomlinson, Historian.
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