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Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog


Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog

  • There are records of Dandie Dinmont Terriers being bred in the early 1700s, but stories about how the breed was developed are conflicting. Some think they were a cross between Otterhounds and local terriers in the Border Country between Scotland and England.Others think the breed evolved from the rough-haired terriers common on farms. Yet others believe the breed was developed by crossing terriers with Dachshunds (although it’s unclear how the Dachshunds, being developed in Germany, would have been in the same proximity as the terriers).

  • Whichever theory one wants to believe, the fact is that Dandies are one of the oldest distinct breeds of terriers. Unlike many breeds, the Dandie hasn’t changed much since the early 1700s. Today’s Dandie Dinmonts certainly resemble the one depicted in Gainsborough’s 1770 portrait of Henry, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch, although a number of other breeds also have claims to being the dog depicted with the duke.Although Dandies were well-established and bred true to type for many years, they didn’t have a unique name until Sir Walter Scott mentioned them in his book, Guy Mannering, which was published in 1814. Before then, terriers of all types were simply called terriers. As an owner of several Dandies himself, Scott described them in his book as being owned by a farmer named Dandie Dinmont. From that book, the breed became known as Dandie Dinmont’s Terriers, with the apostrophe and the “s” being dropped as years went by. Dandies are said to be the first of the terriers to be given their own name.

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