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
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.