The Paisley Terrier is a dog breed that is now extinct. Still, there is potential for it to be revived because it is related to a number of terriers that are still around. One example would be the Skye Terrier while another example would be the Yorkshire Terrier. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about the Paisley Terrier.
1. Was Indeed a Terrier
Dog breeds can sometimes receive rather misleading names. However, the Paisley Terrier was indeed a terrier. Role-wise, terriers are meant to hunt vermin. As a result, they share a lot of characteristics, with examples ranging from their small size to their famous fearlessness. Having said that, some terriers have long since managed to make a smooth transition to other roles.
2. Came From Scotland
The Paisley Terrier came from Scotland. In this, they weren’t particularly unusual. After all, there are multiple breeds of terriers that can trace their roots to the same part of the world. Moreover, interested individuals might be familiar with some of them, seeing as how they aren’t exactly obscure breeds. Perhaps unsurprisingly, one example would be the Scottish Terrier. Meanwhile, other examples include both the Skye Terrier and the Cairn Terrier.
3. Named For Paisley, Renfrewshire
Regardless, the Paisley Terrier was named for the town of Paisley in the council area of Renfrewshire. Said town was estimated to be home to more than 77,000 people in 2016, meaning that it is a settlement of considerable size. In fact, Paisley has the honor of being the fifth biggest settlement in Scotland even though it isn’t considered to be a city. Historically speaking, it has been everything from a religious center to a manufacturing center and a political center. In some cases, these things were connected with one another. For instance, Paisley’s role as a center of the weaving industry meant that it was home to a lot of weavers, with the result that it became strongly associated with Radicalism in the late 18th century and the early 19th century.
4. Sometimes Called the Clydesdale Terrier
The Paisley Terrier was named for Paisley because that was where these terriers were bred. However, the breed was bred elsewhere as well. In particular, Paisley Terriers were common in Clydesdale, which is an archaic name for Lanarkshire. The name is very straightforward in nature. After all, dale is a term used in both northern England and and Scotland for an open valley. As such, Clydesdale indicates the valley associated with the river Clyde that runs through the region.
5. Bred From the Skye Terrier
Moving on, the Paisley Terrier was related to some of the other terriers that have managed to make it into the present time. For instance, they were bred from the Skye Terrier, which is still around but has become endangered in its own right. Interested individuals should have no problem guessing that these dogs are associated with the island of Skye. However, much about their history is unclear, not least because there were once multiple breeds called by the same name. The Skye Terrier was the breed that managed to hold on to the name, though its popularity is no longer what it once was.
6. Bred to Be Pets and Show Dogs
Some breeds were bred to be working animals. In contrast, others were bred to be pets as well as show dogs. The Paisley Terrier was very much an example of the latter. After all, interested individuals bred them from Skye Terriers with the intention of making them pets and show dogs. These dogs were still capable of killing rats as well as other vermin. However, that was definitely not their main occupation.
7. Nicknamed the Silky
Once upon a time, the Paisley Terrier was nicknamed the Silky for the purpose of distinguishing them from their parent breeds. This was a reference to their blue and tan coat, which was supposed to be long and silky. Indeed, the Paisley Terrier’s coat was one of the breed’s most notable characteristics, so much so that it won them prizes at dog shows.
8. Traditionally Shown Standing On a Box
Dog owners have a natural desire to present their canine companions in the best light. As a result, they have been known to use a wide range of methods for this single purpose. To name an amusing example, it was apparently traditional for the owners of Paisley Terriers to show them standing on a box. Something that was done so that the dog’s long, silky coat could be shown to full advantage. Besides this, the owners were also known to practice various methods to protect the coat. For example, they would cover the dog’s feet. Similarly, they would tie the dog’s hair back over their eyes.
9. Their Popularity Might Have Worked Against Them
Unfortunately, it is possible that the Paisley Terrier’s popularity worked against it. These dogs were bred for their appearance. As a result, while they retained some of their parent breed’s capabilities, they were disadvantaged when compared with working breeds. Meanwhile, the Paisley Terrier’s successful in dog shows caused a great deal of irritation among Skye Terrier fanciers, particularly since the length of the coat was an important factor for the breed. As such, Skye Terrier fanciers started objecting to Paisley Terriers being shown with Skye Terriers by claiming that they were mixed breed dogs, with the result that Paisley Terriers became less and less popular.
10. Ancestors to the Yorkshire Terrier
Paisley Terriers can be considered ancestors to Yorkshire Terriers. This is because they were among the ancestors of a dog named Huddersfield Ben, who was extremely successful in dog shows as well as ratting contests. Thanks to this, said dog went on to become the foundation sire of Yorkshire Terriers, meaning that there is a bit of Paisley Terrier in every Yorkshire Terrier out there. Besides Yorkshire Terriers, Paisley Terriers have a similar relationship with other breeds such as the Silky Terrier and the Biewer Terrier.