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Welcome to the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club
Our 2020 Club Magazine will be available earlier than usual - in early March and available for collection at Crufts! This means we need your adverts and articles by the end of December please. They should be sent by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Adverts cost the same as this year - £30 single page, £45 double page in colour.
The magazine will only be available to members of the Club who pay their 2020 membership fee when due, which is January 2020 - so don’t be late!
The DDTC November Newsletter is now available in the Members Section.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club was founded in 1875, making it the world's second oldest dog breed club. Our dogs have an even longer history. Their pedigrees can be traced back to the 1830s, and the breed goes back to the early 1700s - yet the dogs have changed very little in the last 150 years.


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Old Pepper
(whelped 1856)

Hendell Sweet Pickle of Etsill
(whelped 2006)


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier took its name from a character in a novel written by Sir Walter Scott in 1814, but the dogs were around long before that. Known as Mustard and Pepper Terriers, describing their two colour varieties, they were highly prized as working terriers in the Scottish borders, where they were sent to ground after rabbits, rats, foxes, otters and badgers among others. They were often owned by gypsies and poachers - and in fact all the Dandies around today are descended from a poacher's dog found in a trap on the Duke of Buccleuch's estate - in 1839!


In the modern age, the Dandie Dinmont is rarely used as a working terrier, but still makes an exceptional companion dog. They are hardy, intelligent, friendly, gentle with children and a good watchdog. They are not too excitable - like some breeds of terrier - but they have very much a mind of their own.


As Sir Walter Scott himself wrote: "The race of Pepper and Mustard are in the highest estimation at the present day, not only for vermin killing, but for intelligence and fidelity. Those who, like the author, possess a brace of them, consider them as very desirable companions."


Read more about the history of the Club or about the history of the breed. You can contact the Club or the Webmaster. Or why not come along to one of our shows?