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9 minutes ago, Rabbit Hunter said:

Was Tommy Dobson a celebrity of some sort in them days does anyone know? Hes seems to have been photographed an awful lot considering the era they were taken?

Recon he must have been RH, was thinking the same myself.

He was a very small man and spoke with a strange jerky whistle, in a broad local accent. Dressed old fashioned for the time too. Could run over the fells like a deer.

So i recon, with the boom in all things Lakeland and hunting back then, he was as facinating a character as he is now....

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That old Bucks Otter Hounds print is one of my absolute favourite otter hunting prints. They were originally produced as a fund raiser for the B.O.H. and if my memory serves me right were at that time

White terriers of old       Kilkenny, Ireland 1908        

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2 hours ago, Rabbit Hunter said:

Was Tommy Dobson a celebrity of some sort in them days does anyone know? Hes seems to have been photographed an awful lot considering the era they were taken?

Tommy Dobson.....

http://www.lakelandhuntingmemories.com/HuntsmenNew.html

http://www.lakelandhuntingmemories.com/Dobson2New.html

http://www.lakelandhuntingmemories.com/Dobson_ObNew.html

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My apologies for the poor quality of this image. The original was not very good and I was given this even worse quality picture from the cousin who owns the original. It is of a great uncle of mine and, if you can make it out, one of his Bedlingtons. Even given the fact that all the family members that I met from that era were small in height, probably due to poor nutrition before they became of a working age and then the working age was before they were out of their teens more than genetics, the dog looks big. 

I have studied this image many times and reckon it to be at least 16" and probably around the 26 lb mark. The old Bedlingtons had more substance to them than the modern breed.  Not the sort of terrier that would be ideal to push on to a fox in tight places. I do however believe that this was the type  that the men of yesterday considered had something to offer as an outcross/new blood from time to time.

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