The Dandie Dinmont was named after a character who owned "Mustard & Peppers" from the novel "Guy Mannering" by Sir Walter Scott in 1815.
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Previously known as "Mustard & Pepper Terriers" Dandies were highly prized working dogs from the borders of Scotland. Although breed history dates back to the 1700's it was Sir Walter Scott's 1815 novel "Guy Mannering" which introduced the character "Dandie Dinmont" who owned several mustard & pepper terriers - aptly named by the colour of their coats.
Originally bred to hunt badger & otter (perhaps giving insight into their tenacious nature!) these outgoing, characterful dogs have remained instantly recognisable since the The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club was founded on November 17, 1875 - making the breed club the third oldest in the world!
The breed is currently represented in the UK by three clubs - with ourselves, the Caledonian Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club located here in Scotland, birthplace of the breed & the only Scottish Club.
Instantly recognisable with that famous "topknot" - dandies have an elongated body covered in a silky coat, well supported by short legs. The average height is around 20-28cms, with a healthy weight being between 8.2-10.9kgs. There are two coat colours, "pepper" - ranging from blueish black through to silvery grey & "mustard" varying from reddish browns to fawn with an almost white head.
Health & Grooming
Dandie Dinmont terriers are low to meduim maintenance with a crispy, weatherproof topcoat & soft insulating undercoat. Unlike other breeds, dandies don't shed their coats but should still be brushed thoroughly on a regular basis to remove dirt & prevent tangles or mats.
Particular attention should be given to their legs & underneath especially as pups since they can knot up quite quickly!
Hand stripping should be done three or four times a year depending on the coat. You may wish to learn this yourself & our club often runs grooming seminars! Your breeder should be able to recommend a good groomer who's experienced in stripping a dandie coat. Some owners clip their dandies, however this does change the texture & colour of the coat, making it softer, less colourful & once done may be very difficult to return to its previous hand stripped condition.
The future of the breed is of huge concern. With so few puppies born each year a concerted effort is required to maintain numbers & ensure it's continued existence - a key element in our mission. Without engaging new enthusiasts & developing a breed recovery program the Dandie Dinmont Terrier could be lost.