The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is closely related to the Bedlington Terrier. Both
breeds existed in the English/Scottish border region to the south of the Scottish
Highlands. Around the 1800's, these short-legged Terriers were the companions
of wandering minstrels and tinkers. Farmers and land-owners soon discovered their
special qualities, finding that they were eminently suited for hunting fox, otters
and other earth-dwelling vermin. Primarily they were known as "Pepper and Mustard
Terrier" but later they were mentioned in the Sir Walter Scott book "Guy
Mannering", where the main character "Dandie Dinmont" was described with his
brave dogs. Shortly after this book was published, they became known as "Dandie
Dinmont" Terriers. The first two Dandies came to Holland in 1962, and even today it
is still a fairly rare breed - it is estimated that there are approximately 150 Dandies in
The weight of a Dandie Dinmont Terrier can be anything between 8 and 11 kg. Height
at the shoulders varies from 20 to 28 cms. The Dandie can be found in two basic colours -
pepper and mustard. To maintain the original colour, a Dandie must be hand-trimmed two or three
times per year. It is a combination coat, consisting of soft undercoat and harsh
outercoat. Only the "topknot" (on the head) is never trimmed. The hair here is
soft and a lighter colour. The Dandie is well-known for his large eyes with a "melting
expression". At the loins, the Dandie has a curved topline and also has a low tailset.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the philosopher amongst the Terriers, thinking before taking action.
He gets on well with children, is friendly, dependent, quiet and has a sense of humour.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a real terrier, with his own character. It seems sometimes as if he
does not always listen as he should, asking himself if there is any point in actually listening!
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