Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an old Scottish breed whose origins began in the 18th Century. Originally owned by gypsies, these dogs were known as the Pepper and Mustard Terrier. For many years their popularity was limited to the border country between England and Scotland where they were much prized for their hardiness, hunting prowess and amiable disposition. It was only in the early 19th Century that the breed acquired greater popularity, along with its rather whimsical name.

Indeed, Dandie Dinmont was in fact the name of a character in Sir Walter Scott's 1814 novel Guy Mannering, whose pack of six Pepper and Mustard Terriers were described so vividly. Sir Walter was so taken with the breed that he acquired several of them during his lifetime.

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