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RACES de CHIENS
by Compte Henri Bylandt 1897 edition
(Article compiled by Steve Tillotson August 2018)


Clifford "Doggie" Hubbard in his book informs us that "de Bylant's Les Races de Chiens (1894), is an incredibly comprehensive work. The third edition was published in 1905 with the text covering over 300 breeds and varieties, written in French, English, German and Dutch", Hubbard also informs us that some of the articles by Leighton ("New Book Of The Dog, 1907") on relatively rare breeds appear to have been influenced by de Bylant's Les Races de Chiens (1894 edition),


Three pages from RACES de CHIENS by Compte Henri Bylandt 1897 edition
http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com RACES de CHIENS by Compte Henri Bylandt 1897 edition


With thanks to Ludovic Colas for providing an English translation of the center page above -

Hound of Afghanistan

General appearance : A dog with a lot of resemblance to the Persian Greyhound, but with a stronger structure.
Head : Fine and long, with an intelligent expression.
Eyes : Intelligent and sweet.
Nose: Black, broad and pointed.
Ears : Wide, long and drooping, well furnished with long hairs.
Body : Arched neck, oblique shoulders, chest down, upturned belly, hindquarters developed.
Legs : Straight and quite thin.
Feet : Lying.
Tail : Worn rather high and slightly fringed.
Hair : Fine, dense and silky.
Color : Black and tan or light fawn.
Height at the withers : About 70 cm.
Weight : About 30 kilograms.
Origin : From Afghanistan.


Below is a larger image of the top photo, page three above.
Apparently the photo is of a painting by the famous English artist Arthur Wardle
http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com RACES de CHIENS, painting by Arthur Wardle


Below is a larger image of the bottom photo, page three above.
Apprently the photo is of a painting by the famous French artist P Marlee
http://www.afghanhoundtimes.com RACES de CHIENS, painting by P Marlee


The Wardle photo is entitled Hounds Of Asia, the left hand subject looking like an Afghan hound, the right hand subject possibly a Saluki? The Marlee photo is entitled Hound of Afghanistan and appears to be an Afghan hound. A particular value of this important Bylandt work is that it conveys perhaps, the earliest meaningful description and image that closely resembles the Afghan hound.

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