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The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed to be named after a character in fiction.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Man is dog’s idea of what God should be. – Holbrook Jackson

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Canada

Ch Glahms President’s Choice
“Dooley” (puppy)
Am/Cdn Ch Munchkintown’s Gold ‘n Devotion “Dee Dee” (adult)

Originating in the border country between England and Scotland, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier was named for a character in Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Guy Mannering. The Dandie is said to be the oldest and rarest of the terriers. He was orginally bred to keep down the population of fur-bearing vermin such as badgers, foxes, and otters. He was a favourite of the gypsies and became known as “the tinker’s dog”.

The Dandie’s rounded head and large, expressive eyes are unique among the terriers. He stands just 11 inches at the shoulder and has a soft, crisp, non-shedding, double coat. His coat may be shades of bluish black to pale, silvery gray (pepper) or shades of reddish brown to pale fawn (mustard).

A good watchdog and companion, the Dandie is noted for his courage, pluck, responsiveness, and above all, his loyalty. He is loving, intelligent, lively, and playful. He is patient and gentle with children. His master should be able to give him lots of attention and affection, for the Dandie loves his people.

As a true terrier, he is fearless when aroused. The Dandie has a stubborn streak and will benefit from good obedience training. A tendency to dig and crawl under fences should be discouraged early. However, he is a sensitive dog and should be trained accordingly.

Photos displayed courtesy of Mike MacBeth, Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada

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