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Originally bred to go to ground, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a long, low-stationed working terrier with a curved outline. The distinctive head with silken topknot is large but in proportion to the size of the dog. The dark eyes are large and round with a soft, wise expression. The sturdy, flexible body and scimitar shaped tail are covered with a rather crisp double coat, either mustard or pepper in color.
The color is pepper or mustard.Pepper ranges from dark bluish black to a light silvery gray, the intermediate shades preferred. Mustard varies from a reddish brown to a pale fawn.
Independent, determined, reserved and intelligent. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier combines an affectionate and dignified nature with, in a working situation, tenacity and boldness.
The Dandie Dinmont lends it recognition to the famous storyteller, Sir Walter Scott, who introduced the world to the breed in his 1814 fiction novel Guy Mannering. It was here that the breeds color was established as the fictional character, Dandie Dinmont a farmer, kept six terriers whose names were either Pepper or Mustard.