Where Are Dandie Dinmont Terriers From?
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has been traced back to 18th century Scotland and England. They were originally owned by farmers and hunters along the border and were known to hunt rodents and other small mammals. James Davidson, a border farmer and breeder, was known for developing the breed, and is famous amongst terrier enthusiasts for owning the “Immortal Six” terriers, which acted as ancestors of many breed variations today.
Throughout his travels, Sir Walter Scott stumbled upon the breed and is said to have based a Guy Mannering character (known as Dandie Dinmont) on Davidson. From that moment forward, Davidson’s famous dogs were known as Dandie Dinmont Terriers. The breed was also owned by King Louis Philippe in 19th century France, and made their way into famous paintings by Richard Ansdell and Sir Edwin Landseer.
Many believe the breed developed their long backs due to crossbreeding with Dachshunds, but there’s no definitive proof to back this theory. A breed club was formed in their honor in 1867, and they were recognized by the American Kennel Club 19 years later.