Dandie Dinmont Terriers
45 Years of Breeding Excellence
Dandie Dinmont Breed History
Dandie Dinmonts are unique in a number of ways.
For example, did you know that the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed of dog named after a character in a book? That was a question on Jeopardy many years ago!
Did you know that the Dandie Dinmont has been around for over two hundred years?
Did you know that Dandies come in two basic colors -
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was bred from selected specimens of the rough native terrier of the Border hunters between England and Scotland during the late Seventeenth century. In fact, the Dandie is said to be the oldest breed of terrier, first being recorded as a distinct breed in 1700.
He shares a common heritage with the other short-
In it the character "Dandie Dinmont, a farmer, kept the immortal six, Auld Pepper, Auld Mustard, Young Pepper, Young Mustard, Little Pepper, and Little Mustard, named for the two distinctive colors of the breed. After Guy Mannering achieved popularity, so did the little terriers now known as Dandie Dinmont's Terriers". Sir Walter described their pluck: "I have them a' regularly entered, first wi' rottens, then wi' stoats (weasels), and then wi' the tods (foxes) and brocks (badgers), and now they fear neathing than ever cam' wi' a hairy skin on 't."
The Dandie Dinmont is unique in shape. Unlike the average terrier there are no straight lines, from the rounded dome of his head and huge expressive eyes to the gentle curve of his body. His eyes are probably his most distinctive characteristic. Even 100 years ago the Dandie was described as "grave, with deep-
The Dandie's courage is another of its hallmarks. In the mid 1800's, in some quarters, a Dandie's courage was tested by matching it against two badgers simultaneously. But they are not "feisty" like many of the terrier breeds. The Dandie combines the self-