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                (from Puss to Gully)                                                      

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Monarchs and Mastys


Sporting Pastimes

The New Bulldog

The Fable of Old Madman “the Bulldog”

James Hinks

White English Terrier

The Early Shows 1834 – 1863 (Cremorne)

Puss, that fight and the future

William ("Bill") Tupper

The Puss Fight at Tupper's Blue Boars Head, Long Acre

The Early Shows 1863 (Paris) – 1867

Old Victor and Young Victor

James Hinks withdraws from Show Scene

James Hinks Exhibits Again

Hinks - The Next Generation

Ch Gully the Great

Ear Cropping in England and America

Bibliography and Notes

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The early history of the Bull Terrier is plagued by unanswered questions, dead ends and fables disguised as fact.  The author sets out, digging deep into archive sources to unearth historic nuggets,  providing breed enthusiasts with verifiable answers to some of those questions for the first time :


•  Was Old Madman really shown at Birmingham in December 1860 ?


•  Did the Puss fight take place at Tupper’s well known rendezvous in Long Acre or, was Long Acre really too prestigious an area for such a venue ?


•   What led to James Hinks withdrawing from the shown scene in 1870 ?


•  What brought him back to show again ?



From the author of The Bull Terrier Handbook, for Type, Conformation and Movement, now comes a ground breaking verifiable history of the Bull Terrier.

Verifiable answers to these age old questions are revealed, together with many more.  

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BILL LAMBERT:  The Definitive Bull Terrier (From Puss to Gully)


The Bull Terrier, is a relatively new breed with a reasonably well-documented history, and its roots can be traced back quite clearly through many published works, most of which give fairly similar accounts.  In recent years however, some doubt has been placed on the accuracy of some of these tales, which is perhaps unsurprising when considering the times that existed when the breed was conceived; the breed has a dark past and it’s quite likely that some stories have grown in the re-telling or perhaps have deviated from the original.  Frank Dyson’s new book “The Definitive Bull Terrier (From Puss to Gully)” attempts to unravel the true story and by researching much of the available literature he has put together what is an extremely valuable history of the breed.


Frank takes us back to the middle of the 19th Century, where we find that the breed which was developed as “a gentleman’s companion” was not exclusively owned by gentlemen, but was also the companion of rogues, cheats and vagabonds.  Indeed, it brought gentry and rogue together and Frank attempts to shine a light into some of these murky corners.  By careful analysis of much of the early writings on the breed, he has developed a fascinating journey through history.  He clearly takes nothing at face value and it would seem that he has checked and double checked each event before committing to paper.

He resists the temptation to repeat what is written elsewhere and clearly he is not one to take stories at face value, as each event that he records is backed up by an analysis of the available evidence.  We learn that as the breed was developing there were many cross-overs in type and even in breed; the lines between Bulldog and Bull Terrier were blurred to the extent that in some cases it was not clear which “box” each belonged in.  It seems likely that some dogs may have been shown as either “Bulldog” or “Bull Terrier” and may even have switched breed from one to the other to suit the fancy of the judge of the day.  Add to this the fact that many dogs carried the same name with many bitches being called “Puss” or many dogs being called “Madman”, and with ownerships changing frequently, it’s little wonder that the stories may have become confused.  However, by diligent research of the available literature, Frank attempts to get to the bottom of many of these stories and each event is backed up with a review of the relevant evidence.


Frank’s research does not stop at just the dogs and their pedigrees; personalities, events and locations are uncovered and one gets a distinct flavour of the time.  It is disappointing that so many of the locations described have now disappeared as a photographic record would be an equally interesting journey.  Neither, however does he stop in the UK; he also takes us to the USA and perhaps more surprisingly to France which it appears was used as an outlet for the disposal of some dogs that were obtained by less than honest means.

Whereas James Hinks is credited as the true founder of the breed, he did not work in isolation, and this book makes it clear that there were others who added something to the breed as it was developed.  Hinks was not just a breeder, he was clearly a dog dealer, and by today’s standards would himself been considered a rogue.  Hinks did not restrict himself to the Bull Terrier and Bulldog but clearly owned other breeds including Greyhounds, some of which may have contributed to the breed and in addition to investigating this, Frank has uncovered much more about Hinks and his family.  Certainly there is much new interesting and fascinating evidence in this book all of which is carefully analysed before being presented.


Frank writes in a clear “matter of fact” style.  He is easy to follow as he takes you back in time.  The book is a fascinating read and a must-have for anyone interested in the history of the breed.  It’s not a book to be read just once, but will be referred to time and time again and used as a reference poit.  It thoroughly deserves its place on the bookshelf of any enthusiast.

BULL TERRIER MONTHLY: The Definitive Bull Terrier (From Puss to Gully)


The Bull Terrier breed doesn’t start and stop in the show ring, indeed the bulk of the breed fanatics are pet owners who have no real interest in matters show related. However, one subject does tend to be of great interest to all owners and enthusiasts alike … breed history … where exactly do Bull Terriers originate?


If that is a topic that you’d like to look into then you’re in luck, because a new book published very recently covers that very question and looks at the origins of the breed and its early years, those very first dogs that were the descendants of every Bull Terrier we have seen since.


The book is written by Frank Dyson of the Tawnbarr kennel, and being the owner of a copy myself I can state it is a fascinating and comprehensive look at the breeds formative years and very well worth a read for anyone who has any interest in Bull Terriers.




SIMON PARSONS:  The Definitive Bull Terrier (From Puss to Gully)


I’VE OFTEN written that some breeds are much luckier than others in the scope and quality of their literature. One of the fortunate breeds is the Bull Terrier with a huge quantity of books and other publications down the years, from Raymond Oppenheimer’s elegant classics to David Harris’ magnificent overview, and many more concentrating on different aspects.


A subject of perennial fascination is the breed’s origin and its progress up the social scale. Credit for initiating the polishing-up process goes to Birmingham breeder and dealer James Hinks who, even if not necessarily the first to cross ‘bull’ and ‘terrier’ type dogs (not to mention possibly adding in a dose of Greyhound or Dalmatian), produced animals with an extra touch of quality so that they came to dominate the early pre-Kennel Club dog shows.


The latest author to look back at these somewhat shadowy days of the 1860s is Frank Dyson of the Tawnbarr Bull Terriers in his bravely titled The Definitive Bull Terrier (from Puss to Gully).


Puss was Hinks’ famous bitch who, the story goes, won at the Cremorne show in London in 1863. It seems the rival London enthusiasts were not altogether approving of Hinks’ more refined type of dog, and Puss was challenged to a fight that evening at the Blue Boar’s Head inn in Long Acre, run by one of the prominent members of the London set, Bill Tupper. Puss quickly proved she was as game as she was beautiful, rapidly dispatching her challenger and then reappearing at the show venue the next day, unscathed bar some ‘honourable’ scars. After that the detractors of Hinks’ type were well and truly routed.


Some suggest that this is all a myth but Frank examines the evidence, documentary and circumstantial, and comes to the conclusion that the ‘match’ did indeed take place.

In most breeds in pre-registration days the habit of calling dogs by the same name (and without anything resembling an affix) is a major hurdle for pedigree researchers. James Hinks was a big ‘offender’ and in his book Frank does his best to distinguish between the various dogs he owned or bred who were all called Madman. This has caused considerable confusion and with reference to the early Stud Books, show catalogues, stud cards and press reports, Frank throws some light on which Madman was which – one was a Bulldog, the rest Bull Terriers, including three litter brothers and another Madman who was a bitch!


Later the same confusion encompassed the name Victor and Frank tries to sort out which of them it is who appears in the breed’s only surviving tail male line.

Another mystery he delves into is why James Hinks, around 1870, suddenly stopped showing for a year or two, before returning briefly to the ring. I won’t reveal what Frank has found; suffice to say that James may be the beloved founder of the breed but he certainly wasn’t a saint!


Frank goes on to give credit to Hinks’ son Fred for carrying on, in a more respectable fashion, his father’s legacy, this contribution sometimes being underestimated in favour of that of his more articulate brother James Junior.


There are many more fascinating glimpses of this long gone and far from politically correct world from which our own pedigree dog scene evolved.