Dandie Dinmont Terrier
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small terrier developed near the border of Scotland and England to hunt otters and badgers. It was first bred in the 17th century and is named after a farmer in a novel by Sir Walter Scott. The breed’s colors, mustard and pepper, were also adopted from the novel.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club was formed in 1875, making it one of the oldest pedigree breed clubs worldwide. The breed was registered with the AKC in 1888 and was recognized by the UKC in 1918.
The breed has a long body and short legs; it stands between 8 and 11 inches tall. The Dandie Dinmont is sturdy and muscular and can weigh from 18 to 24 pounds. It has a distinctive topknot on its head, which varies with the hair color. If the dog is pepper, its color ranges from bluish black to silver-gray with a silvery-white topknot. A mustard-colored dog can be anywhere from fawn to reddish brown with a creamy-white topknot.
The Dandie Dinmont is currently among the rarest of the purebred dogs, and there are high chances of the breed facing extinction.