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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terriers actually were|formerly were bred to hunt otter and badger. Nicknamed the gentleman of the terrier family, he is calm and reserved, yet retains his terrier tenacity and love of the hunt. His small size and average exercise needs make him suitable to both city and country homes.

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a tiny dog with an unique appearance and the distinction to be the only dog named after an imagined character. This low-to-the-ground dog, with a body that is longer than he could be tall and a distinctive “poof” of hair on his head, had recently been bred for many years before he gained popularity and a name in Sir Walter Scott’s {book|publication|reserve} Guy Mannering, published in 1814.

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In that publication, a farmer is described as having six small, long terriers — three with a salt-and-pepper color and three with a “mustard” tone to their coats. The farmer’s name was Dandie Dinmont and so the little puppies had become known as Dandie Dinmont’s terriers, with the apostrophe “s” being fallen as time went by.

Even the color designations of the breed came from this fictional farmer. He had only two names for his small dogs: Pepper and Mustard. He differentiated them by calling them Auld Pepper, Auld Mustard, Young Pepper, Young Mustard, Little Pepper and Little Mustard. To this day the two colors of the breed are still known as Pepper (bluish black) and Mustard (shades of golden brown).