One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A terrier of a breed from the Scottish Borders, with short legs, a long body, and a rough coat.
- ‘Raised mainly by gypsies and used by farmers to kill vermin, the Dandie Dinmont was named after the character in the famous novel ‘Guy Mannering’ by Sir Walter Scott back in the 1800's.’
- ‘In the early 1900s the little terriers that eventually became known as Dandie Dinmonts were more commonly called Pepper or Mustard Terriers or by the name of the farm where they were bred, e.g. Hindlee Terrier.’
- ‘Used by poacher and gypsies the Dandie Dinmont Terrier was particularly good at tracking otters.’
- ‘Although once popular as a badger and fox hunter, the Dandie Dinmont is now kept mainly as a household pet: indeed, they fare better indoors as a single pet than living with their fellows in kennels.’
- ‘The Dandie Dinmont was used to kill pests in farms, a skill that they possess until today.’
- ‘The height of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier ranges from 8-11 inches, and its weight from 18-24 pounds.’
- ‘Although a very healthy breed, the Dandie Dinmont sometimes suffers from invertebral disk disease and glaucoma.’
- ‘There is little difference between today's Dandie Dinmonts and the one seen in Gainsborough's 1770 portrait of the Henry, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch.’
- ‘Nearly all Dandie Dinmonts have some white on the chest, and some have also white claws.’
- ‘Like all terriers, Dandie Dinmonts can be scrappy with other dogs of the same sex.’
Early 19th century: named after a character in Sir Walter Scott's Guy Mannering who owned a special breed of terriers.
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