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next next previous previous Boxted  Circa 1935 Mrs. Blewitt founded her Boxted Kennels with Eng. Ch. Tobit who was one of the 5 founding sires in the breed. Castle Point Profile by Mary Baird quoted from The Norwich and Norfolk News, 1986: When I first got interested they weren't called anything but rough coated hunt terriers. I was in England in 1929 when I read of a lady in Windsor who was selling rough coated terriers for three quid a piece. I went there and picked up this creature - he was a black and tan - and I called him Snuff after my father's steeplechaser. Sylvia Warren's Tuff would throw black and tan, though red himself. So did his son Simon. My little Snuff was a tough little customer, but when I returned home I left him with my friend Molly Barnard and he lived quite happily until he died of old age. I imported Tawny Pipit, named after an apple, and she was a lovely little thing, beautiful, marvelous color and she had three puppies. I got other bitches from England and one I bred to Tuff and got Simon. He was very good stock. I obtained Pound from Barbara Fournier and I bred Iguana, also both excellent stock and good producers. They loved the ladies. Finally I have a stud of first quality - Ch. Hatchwood's Creme de Menthe of Cracknor - the gayest rascal we have around. I have been very lucky.  Showing has never played a large part in the kennel life. I bred dogs for temperament first, hoping they would level out in form which finally came. I had few problems with whelping and much of that success was due to my kennelman, Bob Young, who died two years ago. The Norwich Terrier Club, as it was then called, was quite different. We used to hold meetings ringside at Matches, but after all, there were only a few members then. Life was much less complicated, as was the business of the Club itself. I worry about the size of Norwich and Norfolk, always thiking about that 9-inch drain for going to ground. I am also concerned about moving, striving to have tht nice reach in front that comes with good shoulders. I would like to see the breeds preserved with its original temperament, for working in the field and doing what should come so naturally.   Contributed by Frank Rogers: Mrs. Stevens Baird of Bernardsville, NJ (Castle Point): her foundation bitch was bred by Josephine Spencer and was named Partree Sparkle. She was by Cobbler of Boxted and her dam Partree Chance was a granddaughter of Ch Tobit and Neachley Toffee. Mrs. Baird’s kennels, like a number of others in the States, were originally loose boxes for the hunters and carriage horses and were converted into delightful kennels. Her terriers were bred with great care and she was rewarded by a good type of deep rich red colored dogs. She strived to breed the faults out that were prevalent in England like light eyes, or bad mouths, or poor hind action (cow hocks being the most common) and some fore-legs being somewhat crooked.