IN 1960 there have been, in line with some estimates, round 4 million canines being stored as pets within the UK. Canine coaching courses, comparable to this one in Rutherglen, had been doing brisk enterprise.
Poodles, it appears, had elevated massively in recognition for the reason that conflict. Or, as Claude Thomson put it in our sister paper, the Night Occasions: “From being a reasonably uncommon and dandified selection of breed they’ve soared proper to the highest of the public-esteem league.
“Previously virtually completely a lady’s canine, poodles can now be seen mincing their delicate manner down the road accompanied by brawny specimens of manhood.
“Why ought to this transformation have occurred? It’s troublesome, if not unimaginable, to say for certain, however the purpose to a big extent lies in the truth that it’s a very smart canine, sensible, not too large for contemporary houses, and it doesn’t want a lot train as some breeds. It doesn’t moult.
“And no canine provides extra reward to those that take a comb-brush-and-clippers pleasure of their pets.”
Miniature poodles had simply topped, for the sixth yr in succession, the listing of all breeds, with greater than 17,000 Kennel Membership registrations.
The 1960 Cruft’s Present had seen at least 14,000 entries, a world document on the time.
Spaniels and Alsatians, along with Pekinese, had all remained common breeds within the UK. Furthermore, increasingly more homeowners had been choosing boxers, whereas the Queen’s well-known fondness for corgis was being mirrored within the rising recognition of that breed, too.
Individuals who select to have Alsatians, nevertheless, got recommendation by varied consultants.
Mr SH Benson, director-secretary of Calderpark Zoo (whose son, Harry, would go on to grow to be a world-renowned photographer), instructed the Night Occasions: “The Alsatian is a robust, very smart, one-man canine.
“It’s a working canine,” he added, “and undoubtedly unsuitable as a household pet – except there’s somebody within the household ready to offer it the eye and coaching it wants.”