Unlike most vintage dog show programs, this one shows the year -1896. (Not sure what kind of breed that is. He looks a little like Buster Brown's dog, Tigg.)
|Tigg was a little scary looking.|
But the historian's dilemma is the too frequently undated program. Based on breeds on the cover, I can usually guestimate to within five years of publication. For example, the Cocker Spaniel, featured below, was recognized by the AKC in 1878, but didn't become popular until the early 1900s. In 1892 only 20 dogs were registered, but by 1902 the number had increased to 354.
So 1905 is a pretty close guess.
The program below is harder to date. The Toy Manchester Terrier (in front) was recognized in 1886, the Yorkie (far right) in 1885, the Bulldog (looks like a Boston Terrier) in 1893, and the English Mastiff in 1885. So it would be after 1893.
About 1910, the Bulldog looked less like a Boston Terrier and more like what we see today.
So based on the old fashioned Bulldog in the illustration, the exhibition date would be
somewhere between 1895 and 1910.
This is what the Bulldog looked like in the 1890s.
Russian Wolfhounds were all the rage in the 1920s
as the flapper in this undated program indicates.
By the 1930s most programs included the year, like this 1933 catalogue.
But even if it didn't, the Fox Terrier would give it away.
The breed was very popular due to its starring role
in the Thin Man series, playing the role of Asta.