One of the less common terrier dog breeds today, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is another that emerged from the border counties separating England and Scotland. It became famous through the writings of Sir Walter Scott, being named after a farmer who featured in his novel Guy Mannering. The unmistakable appearance of these terriers results from the top-knot of hair on their breeds, coupled with their relatively long ears. They were originally used to hunt badgers and otters. Dandie Dinmont tend to become devoted to their owners, but are likely to remain reserved with strangers. Unfortunately, they do have a stubborn side to their nature, and this can make training a somewhat more difficult procedure than with other terriers.
Origins: The Border Counties, Great Britain
Coat Type/Colour: Longish; Mustard/Pepper
Height: 8 – 11 Inch (20.5 – 28 cm)
Weight: 18 lb (8.2 kg)
Nature: Devoted, but can be stubborn
The unusual texture of the coat results from a combination of both hard and soft hairs. Both a brush and a comb are needed for grooming purposes. The hair must be plucked to prevent it becoming too long and faded. For show purposes, Dandie Dinmont Terriers are divided into two groups in terms of coloration. Those that are termed mustard are of a more yellowish tone, varying from reddish-brown to pale fawn, whereas peppers can range from a light shade of silvery-grey though to bluish-black. Coloration is paler on the underside of the body, and the hair is usually softer here as well. Although this breed rarely wins top awards in mixed company, it is an attractive addition to any show.