Boy's Own Paper,  1 (1879), 83–85.


Rev. J G Wood, ma, fls



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Breeding, Animal Development, Taxonomy, Breeding, Nutrition

    Begins with a discussion of various breeds of dog and warns that 'these breeds are entirely artificial, and if a number of dogs were left to themselves, the distinction of form and character would soon be obliterated, and in a few years we should find them undistinguishable from the wolf-like dogs that run wild in the East'. Insists that pigeon and poultry breeders, unlike dog breeders, produce animal varieties that are 'still useful to man'. Considers different breeds of rabbits, however, to be 'useless monstrosities, and only bred for the purpose of making them look as unlike rabbits as possible'. (83) Proceeds to a discussion of the features of the 'fancy rabbit', notably the ears and nose, and then advises on the best means of keeping rabbits. The illustration shows several varieties of the 'fancy rabbit'.

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