No Change for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, says Scottish Breed Club
It's good to know that some things in life just never change, take for example the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. This rare breed of Scottish dog is today fundamentally identical to very first description of the breed written by Sir Walter Scott nearly 200 years ago in 1814.
To coincide with their annual Championship Dog Show Event (which will be held at Kelso on Sunday November 2nd) the Caledonian Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club (CDDTC - the only club for the breed in Scotland), will be celebrating over 200 years of stability for this much loved but still quite scarce Scottish breed.
As any Scotsman will tell you, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed of dog to be named after a character from fiction and the CDDTC have announced that they will have a "real life" Mr Dandie Dinmont present, in historically accurate costume.
Long time breed supporter, John Charlton by invitation of the Committee, will be a special guest at the show, dressed authentically as 'Mr Dandie Dinmont', a Border farmer from the Teviotdale Hills, direct from his successful appearance in the main ring at Crufts and a full page feature in the Independent on Sunday. Visitors to the show will be encouraged to celebrate the remarkable history of the breed, which has been owned by both Gypsies and Royalty.
The club will also he staging a small photo and art exhibition for visitors, with illustrations of the breed going back as far as 1770, showing how little this breed has changed. There will be video displays of previous club events, a café with light refreshments and thanks to the event's main sponsor, Burns Pet Nutrition, free gifts for visitors and exhibitors.
Anyone interested in finding out more about and meeting this historic and fascinating breed will be welcome to attend the event which will be the largest gathering of the breed and major breeders in the UK for several years. The connection with the breed's long history is maintained this year in the show's judge Mrs Kate Irving who is herself a second generation Dandie Dinmont Breeder and one of the most experienced judges in the world.
"One of the tangible benefits of being a minority breed" says Hilary Cheyne, CDDTC Committee Member and Press Officer, "is that the Dandie has never become a victim of popularity or fashion like some other breeds. It remains the same game, faithful, fun loving and affectionate little dog that Sir Walter Scott introduced to the world, way back before even the Battle of Waterloo!"
Scottish and UK Kennel Club Licensed Championship Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Show at
The Tait Hall, Kelso, Scotland TD5 7BS on Sunday, 2nd November 2008 11am