He’s a Real Dandie! – The Dandie Dinmont

Dandie Dinmont

The Dandie Dinmont

This week marked a special occasion in my family – my mom and dad got a new PUPPY!  I was shocked to hear that this new addition would be joining the fam…not because they aren’t dog lovers, but because I didn’t know they were interested in doing the puppy thing (again.)  Little did I know about my dad’s dream: being the proud father of a Dandie Dinmont.

While I never claim to be an expert when it comes to dog breeds, I can honestly say that (until two days ago) I had never come into contact with a Dandie Dinmont.  I probably wouldn’t have even heard of the breed if it wasn’t for my dad’s beloved Pepper – his “once-in-a-lifetime” dog.  Even then, all my Dandie knowledge was Pepper-specific, other than the fact that they were hard to come by.  After years of searching for the perfect Dandie Dinmont, my dad found his pup…but I was still clueless about the breed.

Dandie Dinmonts are terriers from Scotland who look suspiciously like dachshunds to me (long bodies, short legs.) In fact, it is suspected that certain Dandie-Dinmont-Terrierlines did interbreed with dachshunds at one time or another.  The Dandies unique characteristics are (1) the “top knot” (or “poof” as my mom eloquently puts it) on the top of their head along with (2) their hind legs – which are significantly longer than their front legs (quite adorable!) They are only found in two colors: pepper (dark black to light gray…and I’m assuming where Pepper got his name) or mustard (a reddish brown…but really almost white.)  They rarely weigh more than 25 pounds and are only about 8-11 inches high.

I was surprised to read numerous sources described this breed’s temperament as “tough”…it looks like such a little fluffy dog!  They are terriers, though…and terriers that were meant to hunt badgers and otters.  Dandies are intelligent, fond of children, and relatively easy to train.  They are adaptable – meaning they will be happy in an apartment or a house with a big back yard (though be mindful of their proficiency in digging!)  These little guys are great family dogs.

The most interesting thing I found about the Dandie Dinmont has nothing to do with the dog itself, but rather with where the breed got its name.  Originally they were known as Catcleugh or Hindlee terriers (or often just pepper or mustard terriers depending on their color).  Dandie Dinmont is actually a character in Guy Mannering, a novel by Sir Walter Scott.  The fictional Dandie Dinmont, a “jolly farmer”  was thought to be based on the real life James Davidson – who claimed that all Dandies were descendants of who of his own two dogs and is therefore credited with being the father of the modern Dandie Dinmont breed.  I just love the fact that this dog is named after a character in a book!


The Newest Member of the Family (many more pictures to come!)

The thing about Dandie Dinmonts….they are incredibly rare!  In the United States, less than 100 new Dandie pups are registered each year.  That’s crazy!

My mom and dad’s pup came with the name Dakota, but we will have to see if that sticks.  Even at only 4 months old, his expressive eyes and scruffy “beard” make him look so wise…I think he needs a dignified name befitting his gentlemanly qualities.  Only time will tell exactly how he will fit into the family (long haired dachshund Scarlett is the current queen of the castle), but after only a few hours with this little guy, I’m a Dandie Dinmont fan for life!

Wags & Whiskers Wednesday (#23)

Happy First!

Well, if you are reading this post, you can clearly see what’s new around Wags & Whiskers!  Our blog has been completely redesigned…and we are loving it.  I could not be happier with how it turned out (the website is next on the agenda.)  The process of re-vamping all our social media has taught me one important thing – I am MUCH better with dogs than I am with computers.  My word!  That high school computer science classes I took just didn’t cut the mustard.

Enter Thidaa.  Thidaa is an amazing artist and architect and (thank the Lord above) a close, talented friend of mine.  She spent her free time “helping” (a.k.a. doing everything for) me to get this blog looking sharp.  If you want to see her art – check out her website.  If you want to know more about the happenings around London (especially anything to do with architecture) check out her blog.  Better yet – leave a comment on this post and let us know what you think of the digital makeover.

But who are we kidding?  We know you are really just here for the DOGS!

Lisa, a fab W&W blog reader, sent us this picture of her dachshund, Milo. If you couldn’t tell…he’s a BIG fan of tennis (balls!)


One of our W&W clients texted me this adorable picture of Tillie. What a model!


Victoria emailed us this picture of her Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy (can you believe this big girl is a PUPPY!?!), Sadie. She loves loves LOVES to walk. (We knew there was a reason we loved her…other than her good looks!)



Wags & Whiskers Wednesday (#6)

Yay for Wednesdays!  The week is half over!

We got some awesomely adorable submissions for this weeks Wags & Whiskers Wednesday post.  If you are reading this paw-some blog, we assume that you are a dog (or cat!) lover.  If you are a dog (or cat!) lover, we assume that you have a cute picture (Who are we kidding?  We assume you have a few hundred!) of your four-legged furry little love.  Make sure to hit up our submission guidelines page to read about how your furbaby can become a star.

Without further ado….

Meet Cory!  This picture came to us from one of our fab Twitter friends, Mistina Rae.  (Make sure to follow her on Twitter – @SunsetWatersGem.)   Cory is a retired German Pointer (and looks like he is enjoying his retirement!)  We love those eyes…he is a beautiful boy!

Regular readers if this blog know we are a huge dachshund fans.  When we  saw this picture of Mortimer, we  just about died from the cuteness!  He just look like a Mortimer!!  Then we heard that Mortimer (ok, actually Emily) has a blog.  The name of the blog, you ask??  The Wiener Takes it All.  We love the name – and LOVE the blog.  Pooch pics, book recommendations, and even some dog fashion pointers!  (And we might just have to buy Mortimer that tweed hat!)

And finally…meet Koda!

Fellow dog lover Denise sent us these pictures, and they just about melted our hearts!  Denise somehow manages to find the time to run a kennel free boarding facility (House of Dog in the Vancouver area.  In our opinion, if you ever have to leave town without your pooch – but don’t want to leave them home alone – kennel free places are definitely the way to go.)  She also volunteers (AND fosters) pups for Dogwood Rescue.  Dogwood Rescue is one of those amazing organizations that works with other rescue groups to try and make sure no dogs end up in kill shelters.  (Even though they are in Canada, they help out our own American homeless pups too.)  But back Koda!  This little lady came into Denise’s life at the absolute right moment (dogs just have a way of doing that, don’t they?)  Below you can see her palling around with Sadie (one of Denise’s fosters that found her forever home last December.)  Make sure to you are following House of Dog on Twitter and Facebook (and Dogwood Rescue too!)

Wow!  We packed a lot into this Wags & Whiskers Wednesday!  Hope the rest of your week is pup-tastic!

Wags & Whiskers Wednesday (#5)

Happy first Wednesday in February!

Enjoy these pics of some ADORABLE pups that I saw today!  I’m keeping this post short and sweet as my new insulin pump is making me feel less than my best.  (Read more about diabetes – in humans and dogs – in the first article of our Diabetes & Your Pet series.)