Dog show at dog fanciers’ club

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Victorian illustration to download showing men in a clubroom at a dog fanciers’ club getting ready for a dog show. Some of them smoking and drinking, they assemble around long tables. Many of them are holding King Charles spaniels. At the back of the room is a cage for dogs not currently on show; inside are an Italian greyhound and a Skye terrier. A fashionable breed of dog could sell for as much as £250 in 1851. Clubs like these would also hold rat killing matches: dogs would compete to see how many rats they could kill in a given time.