Screened Eyes

Notice anything in the black and white photos below?


How about this one?


It’s the hats!

Whether strolling down a street in Harlem, or lining up to get the best cut of meat at the butcher store, there was a time when women (and men) seldom left home without wearing a hat. An added attraction was the use of veils were not meant to cover the eyes, but to call attention to them. These days, hats seem to be relegated to royal weddings, as well as famous horse races and dog shows (Morris and Essex), and even then, some hats are more “fascinator” (a decorate hair piece) than an actual hat.

But we digress from our tortured segue into a term that appears in only four breed standards: Veiled.

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Needless to say, the breeds are coated, and typically, “veiled” is used either to indicate that eyes must be visible and not veiled by hair (the Pyrenean Shepherd, Briard, Bouvier des Flandres),  or that the hair “veils forehead and eyes to serve as protection from brush and briar as well as amid serious encounters with other animals” – Skye Terrier.

Without its veiling, a Skye Terrier would somehow look “off,” making it (you heard it here first), the Audrey Hepburn of the canine world.

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