Doggy newspapers

Doggy newspapers & some gossip

Amongst the oldest newspapers highlighting kennel activities was ‘The Stock-Keeper’ published in London from 1880 until 1906 and flourishing for almost twenty of those years under the extraordinary editorship of George R Krehl . Unlike other canine papers it focused primarily on the ‘fancy’ covering all aspects of the dog show social scene and introducing the public to the finer points of new and established breeds and dog shows .

The first newspaper dedicated entirely to canine matters may be The Kennel Gazette , a Monthly Journal published by the authoritative Kennel Club since April 1880. The issue of July 1882 presents a color full page head study of ch Crown Prince , about half a year before the Old English Mastiff Club (OEMC) was founded (Jan '83) whereas in the The Kennel Gazette issue of August '83 a full page description including drawing was published  of his short headed daughter The Lady  Gladys . In the same space of time the Kennel Gazette published also images of then prominent  St Bernards , ie Mr Joplin' Cadwallader & Mr Macdona' Thor, both presenting the old Alpine type lacking any form of bulkiness &/or shortness in a yet deep head dept .

In the United States ‘Field & Fancy’  edited by James Watson was modeled on ‘The ‘Stock-Keeper’ , the Country gentleman’ newspaper , and continued for years , finally evolving into ‘Popular Dogs’ in 1928 . James Watson was also the first editor of the ‘American Kennel Gazette’. His major work , The Book of the Dog , published in 1905 , is a brillantly researched masterpiece containing numerous first person accounts tracing the development of many breeds .

James Watson was an early pillar in the American dog community . Originally from Scotland , he brought along the love for his native breed , the Collie ; Watson was a journalist by trade and for many years wrote sporting and kennel pieces for such newspapers as ‘The New Herald’ , ‘The Philadelphia Press’ , ‘Forest and Stream’ and numerous others . Although one of the original founders of the AKC , Watson had come down very hard in print with the Westminster Kennel Club/ American Kennel Club clique and the AKC’ questionable management practices , a/o James Mortimer , one of his opponents , who was hired as the Westminster Kennel Club kennel manager , became superintendant and hired himself & other WKC members to judge at the main AKC recognised shows but people were tired of Westminster Kennel Club men judging their own dogs …

James Mortimer , always smoking a cigar whether superintending or judging , had many chinks in his armor , but enjoyed the company of exhibitors and , in most cases , this seemed mutual, as detailed in one of his show reports from 1888 - ie ‘Czar should have been second ; he won the prize for best American-bred Great Dane, a fact which so elated his owner that he bedecked his stall with American flags , and wanted to treat the whole show to champagne . I dissuaded him from pursuing such an expensive course , but joined him in privately cussing a bottle of Mumm’s Extra Dry in honor of the event’ .

Dozens of extravagant and expensive trophies would be listed in premium lists to attract competition , only for entrants to discover these prizes were only available to club members .  The above shown trophies , offered by the Mastiff Club of America [founded in 1886] , represent typical Victorian work , heavy and ornate with exquisitely chased Mastiff relief images [1893] ; at left ~ EB Joachim , being a business partner with GR Krehl of the Stock-keeper , contributing many articles to that and other publications for over forty years . Though Joachim (see below at left) used a more trenchant pen , he and Krehl possessed the same witty , slightly irrevent , erudite writing style . Later on  he founded the Illustrated Kennel News [1902-1918] ,  under the first editorship of GR Krehl .

In the centre ~ ‘The Newark Mad Dog Scare’ by JA Ricker [1898] , cartoon spoofing rabies hysteria . Horses , people & Bulldog wear chain mail to prevent bites . Others opt for stilts to keep out of harm’s way . In Britain quarantaine rules made an end at the dog show participation over there of the Dutch Mastiff fanciers  like Mssrs Louis Dobbelmann & G Deetman  . At right ~ Edwin Brough [1844-1929] with one of his world famous Bloodhounds ; very little is written about his personal life , however , one account added he could normally be seen early in the morning - a tall white vestured figure taking as many as forty Bloodhounds and a nubian milk goat out for a romp along the sandy banks of Scalby Beck at his estate , Wyndygate , near Scarborough . Note - Edwin Brough was also known as a Mastiff fancier , he a/o once owned ch Turk and was also appointed as a judge for the Mastiff breed .