When selecting a dog, two things stand pre-eminent. One is intelligence; the other is constitution. So, how do we judge a dog for intelligence? First, of course, the dog has to fill the eye. That general term is employed, which means such a lot, and yet, when analysed, might mean next to nothing. There has to be about such a dog that indefinable something that bespeaks alertness of mind as well as of body; and it must have the appearance of being a dog with a mind of his own. There are no rules to govern that judgement. It ‘fills the eye’ and that is all there is to it.
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