From the brink of extinction - The Dandie Dinmont returns to Kelso
William Shakespeare wrote "Every dog has it's day" but until recently the days of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier were looking distinctly numbered.
This game little dog with the funny sounding name, that over the years has been owned by Royalty, Lords and Ladies, Dukes and Duchesses had declined in numbers to such an extent that breed experts estimate that it had become rarer that the Giant Panda. Both the Panda and the Dandie Dinmont share an appealing look, with soft soulful eyes and a "cuddly" disposition. The big difference between the two is that it is still possible to share your life with a Dandie Dinmont as they make great companions and ideal family pets. They have been officially designated by the UK Kennel Club as a "Vulnerable Native Breed", when in 2006 just 78 were born in the UK, the lowest number since records began.
But Dandie Dinmont enthusiasts, like their beloved breed, are a tenacious bunch and were not about to give up. The premier Club for the breed in Scotland, the Caledonian Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club, promoted their annual Championship Show held in Kelso last year to the general public to such great success that it was estimated that over 200 extra visitors met the breed and the Kennel Club officially congratulated the Club for their trail blazing promotion of the breed.
Keen to build on the outstanding success of last years show, the Caledonian Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club will once again be throwing their doors open not only to dedicated breed enthusiasts, former owners and local residents, but to anyone wishing to learn more about this unique Scottish breed and their heritage in the birthplace and spiritual home of the breed.
“Although these are still difficult times for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier” says Hilary Cheyne, CDDTC Committee Member and Press Officer. “the encouragement we were given by the Scots in 2006 only strengthens our will to ensure that future generations are able to own a healthy, happy Dandie Dinmont Terrier who will be, as always, a constant source of fascination and joy”.
WHO? The Caledonian Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club – the breed's premier Breed Club in Scotland.
WHAT? Scottish and UK Kennel Club Licensed Championship Dandie Dinmont Show
WHERE? The Tait Hall, Kelso, Scotland TD5 7BS
WHEN? Sunday, 4th November 2007 – Visitors welcome from 11am – free entry