This ancient English breed of working Terriers is one of the few breeds for which a specialist club does not exist, and there is a decided call for one to save it from utter extinction. A quarter of a century must have elapsed since a specimen of this breed was exhibited. As a kennel terrier and companion the name of the Old English Terrier is prominent in the history of country sport, and he is doubtless the progenitor of the more popular and plentiful Fox Terrier.
The Black-and-Tan Broken-haired Old English Terrier is a dog of very great antiquity. He appears in some of the oldest prints and paintings, and no sportsman’s establishment of the olden time was considered complete without him. Today his ranks are thinned even in the hunting field, whilst he is now nearly unknown on the show bench. Such a sterling Terrier in make and shape, in hardihood and grit should not be allowed to lapse into obscurity. No breed either from the point of view of antiquity, tradition, appearance, and utility was or is more deserving of perpetuation. Those who know agree that they possess traits to be cherished in the heart of anyone who loves a dog for his worth and not for what he would fetch in the market.
Fox-Terriers and Airedales, two popular breeds which have circled the world, owe most of their Terrier traits, external and internal, to their part progenitor, the Old English Broken-haired Terrier, while the latter has almost entirely passed away.
The chief differences between the Old English and the Welsh Terrier are in size, the latter being a few pounds heavier. The Old English Terrier had a long, strong, punishing jaw, level mouth, flat skull, free from cheekiness, and a small, dark, determined eye; good bone, coat hard to the touch; colors, black-and-tan and grizzle-and-tan.