Origin: United Kingdom (Scotland)
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Male: 2-2.5, Female: 2-2.5
Height: Male: 8-8.5, Female: 8-8.5
Origin of Name: A Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small Scottish dog breed in the terrier family.
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The terrier, known as Dandy Dinmont, made his debut in written history in about 1700. Described as a ""rough native terrier"" owned by border hunters in the Cheviot Hills between England and Scotland, the breed was said to be particularly good at sending such four-legged hunters as otters and baggers.
Sir Walter Scott, Scotland's leading novelist, was an admirer of the breed. For his 1815 novel ""Guy Mannering"", he created a character named Dandy Dinmont, a farmer who carries a curious-looking pepper and a packet of mustard terriers. Scott is based on the fictional Dinmont of James Davidson, a real-life breeder of dogs who have kept a pack of working terriers - Old Mustard, Young Piper, Young Mustard, Little Piper, Little Mustard, and Old Piper - ""The Immortal Six"" It is still spoken with reverence by fans of Dundee. (It is said that every Dundee of today can be traced back to a dog called Old Ginger, sown by Old Ginger.)
In recognition of the exposure of the breed received from Scott, who called it the ""big little dog"", these bright-eyed, long-backed Earthdogs are known as ""Terriers of Dandy Dinmont"". They are the only AKC breed named for the fictional character.
The Dandies attracted the attention of 19th-century royalty, such as the French king Louis Philippe, who had consigned the pampered Dandies as part of his royal accession. The Dundee Dunmont Terrier Club of England, established in 1875, is still one of the oldest breed clubs in the world. Dandi entered the AKC in 1886, and follows a short but steady footstep.