The Dandie Dinmont Terrier
A Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small breed of dog in the terrier family.
The breed has a very long body, short legs, and a distinctive "top-knot"
of hair on the head.
This short legged terrier was developed in the 17th century as an otter
and badger specialist in the Cheviot and Teviotdale Hills in the border
country of Scotland and England. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is named
after Dandie Dinmont, a jovial farmer in Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy
Mannering. Scott also gave the names to the breed's colours, pepper
and mustard, which were adopted from the names of Dandie Dinmont's dogs.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed to be named after a character
In the 1870s, exhibiting dogs became popular. The Kennel Club formed
in 1873 and, just after this time, moves were made by Dandie enthusiasts
to form a club. On November 17, 1875, at a meeting held at the Fleece
Hotel in Selkirk on the Scottish Borders, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Club was formed. It is one of the oldest pedigree breed sclubs in the
The first task was to draw up a breed standard and Mr William Wardlaw
Reed, a founder member of the DDTC. worked on this, smoothing out the
many differences. The following year at the Red Lion Hotel, Carlisle,
the standard was agreed and adopted.
The breed was first registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) in
1888. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel
Club (UKC) in 1918.
Today the Dandie Dinmont is amongst the rarest and most endangered of
all pure breeds/pedigree dogs. The UK Kennel Club list the Dandie as
one of the UK's Vulnerable Native Dog Breeds and there is a very real
chance of the breed becoming extinct.
Dandie Dinmonts are between 8 and 11 inches tall at the top of the shoulders
and can weigh between 18 and 24 pounds. The dogs are sturdily built
with strong bone structure and ample muscular strength. The color is
either pepper or mustard. Pepper ranges from dark bluish black to a
light silvery gray, the topknot is a silvery white. Mustard can range
from a reddish brown to a pale fawn, with the topknot a creamy white.
Breed Clubs and Societies
This breed of dog is a 'Vulnerable Native Breed'.