Dandie Dinmont Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is another of the terriers who have their origins in the Border Counties, and his origins can be traced back to the 1600s; he was used like other terriers to hunt otter, fox, polecat and rodents. They were kept by gypsies and farmers as well as by sportsmen for otter hunting.
Although they were well known as a type there is no record of their having acquired any particular name. However, in 1814 Sir Walter Scott published the novel “Guy Mannering” which had the character Dandie Dinmont who was a Border farmer and kept a pack of terriers which were mustard and pepper in colour. James Davidson of Hindlea near Hawick was recognisably similar, keeping a pack of terriers of hunting otter, and it was assumed locally that Scott had based his character Dandie Dinmont on him. This was not the case, but the result was the terriers found their name.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is either pepper or mustard in colour and have an unusual coat. The top coat is hard, but not wiry, feeling crisp whilst there is a soft linty undercoat and plenty of soft, silky coat on the head. The linty coat is most clearly seen in the Bedlington, which had its origins in the Dandie, and is also evident in the Cesky which was created by breeding the Scottish, Sealyham and Dandie together. The parent Breed Club was found in 1875.
The Dandie Dinmont isn’t a tall dog at 8-11″, but he is long in proportion and looks strong and workmanlike. He is more independent in outlook than most terriers and needs firm handling. He loves attention and can be quite demanding if he feels he’s not getting his fair share. Not one of the more popular terrier breeds, but has an appeal all his own and is a real character.
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Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.