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About this period Messrs. Robert and Paul Scott, of Jedburgh, who tramped their district as pedlars or hawkers, were well known for the excellent Dandie Dinmont terriers they possessed, and right proud 'were the two brothers of their strain, and of their dog Peachem. Robert brought his favourite southwards on one or two occasions, winning first at the Crystal Palace Show in 1872, and he also had second given him at Birmingham. Peachem was to my idea an ideal of his race—not too big, not too little, good in coat, colour, and top knot, nicely domed in skull, shapely, well arched in body, and not too crooked in front. Robert Scott was wont to say, “ Eh, eh! It’s ainlie the joodges can beat Peachem.”
Dr. Grant’s (of Hawick) terriers and hounds are pleasantly alluded to by “The Druid” in one of his charming volumes. Mr. Nicol Milne, of Faldonside; Mr. F. Somner, West Morritson; Mr. James Atkins, Maryfield; Mr. Hugh Purvis, Leaderfoot ; Mr. Nisbet, Rumbleton ; with some few others, had leading kennels of this variety when it first came to be recognised by the wily southerners as a desirable dog to keep. They and others bred a good many of them, with which the market was soon supplied, and of such we find those that are with us at the time I write.
Q A somewhat noteworthy show was held at Carlisle later in the seventies, viz., in 1877, when it was
announced that the awards would be made by points,
the judges being Messrs. Pool and B. Richardson.
There was the largest entry which had hitherto been
brought together at any show, eighty-five Dandie Din- i mont terriers competing. There was no particular uniformity in the awards of prizes after all, and two of the chief honours went to animals of quite distinct
type—the one to Shamrock, already alluded to, who
then weighed zolb. and was given seventy-eight points
out of the possible hundred; the other to Mr. W.
Carrick’s mustard dog Harry Bertram, which weighed
27%lb., and was given fifty-nine points out of the
possible hundred. This, I fancy, was the beginning
and ending of judging Dandie Dinmont terriers by
points, and there were some odd awards made by
the Scotsmen in those days, whatever they might say about those made by English judges. One of
the latter had written that a Dandie Dinmont terrier should have erect ears!
The terrier of which I write was, at this period, in the hey-day of his popularity. Leading exhibitors and the chief shows were supporting him. The late Mr. H. Murchison, the Rev. C. Macdona, Mr. James Locke, Selkirk; Mr. W. Carrick, Carlisle; Mr. James Cook, Edinburgh ; the late Mr. A. Irving and Mr. Pool, Dumfries; Capt. H. Ashton, Mr. A. H. T.
Newcomen, then of Kirkleatham; Mr. W. Dorchester, Reading; Mr. Slater and Mr. Coulthard, Carlisle; Mr. Finchett, Wales, at one time or another were working in the dog’s interests. Following them, or almost contemporary with them, came Mr. Archibald Steel, the late Capt. Keene, Mr. R. Stordy, the late Mr. D. T. Gray, Mr. A. Weaver, Mr. A. Kemball Cook, Mr. W. Walker, Mr Sherwood, jun., the Rev. S. Tiddeman, Mr. T. Maxwell, Mr. Clarke, London; Mr Nutsford, Carlisle; Mr. E. W. H. Blagg; Mr. Flinn, Portobello; Dr. Haddon, Melrose; Mr. G. Shiel, Hawick; Mrs. Grieve, Croydon; Mr. C. Cornforth, Leiston; Mrs. R. P. Hewitt, Kensington; Mr. E. Dennis, Gateacre; Mr. Alex. Downie, Eaglesfield; Mr. Houliston and Mr. James Morley, Dumfries.
Later admirers and supporters of this terrier, in addition to many of those already named, are Mrs. A. Steel, Kelso; Mrs. Kate Spencer, Ewell, Surrey; Mr. Tweddle, Liscard; Mr. W. G. Copestake, Kirk Langley; Mrs. Lloyd Rayner, Ormskirk; Mr. H. Bidwell, Frimley, Farnborough; Mr. G. Shiel; Mr. W. Oram, Carlisle; Miss M. Collyer, Fulham; Mr. Flinn. All have at one period or another owned excellent specimens, and for a time the Earl of Antrim was a most enthusiastic admirer of the variety. He tried various crosses, and was so fortunate that at one of the south country shows thirteen years ago he made entries in both the Dandie Dinmont and Bedlington terrier classes, obtaining a prize or honourable mention in each with two dogs out of the same bitch and by the same sire. This can really be called successful breeding, and it certainly shows how nearly allied are these two strains of terrier. It must not be forgotten that both varieties sprang pretty much from the same locality.
Mr. G. A. B. Leatham, when residing at Thorp Arch, Boston, Spa, had probably the largest and best kennel of Dandie Dinmont terriers ever owned by one man, there being seldom less than ten couple running about, not counting the puppies. It is some years since the kennel was broken up. So even an entry could Mr. Leatham turn out that on more than one occasion he won the prize for the best team of terriers in the show, and in 1893 his entry was awarded the special at Edinburgh for the best team of non-sporting dogs in the hall. However, more than this, the Thorp Arch terriers were always properly trained and educated in all the duties which a good terrier ought to perform. Writing a dozen years since, Mr. Leatham, with the pride of an enthusiast, said, “they are the gamest terriers on land or in water he ever saw. They are first-rate ratters; he has bolted foxes with them when hounds have run them to ground, and they do their duty willingly. But,” said Mr. Leatham, “the best test is with badgers,” which he had every opportunity of utilising in their wild state, as there were several earths in the neighbourhood in which he resided. He has never known one of his Dandie Dinmonts show the “white feather,” though he has seen fox terriers bolt directly the badger came in sight. On the contrary, they will stand terrible punishment, and Ainsty King, a wellknown bench winner, had an hour and a half with one badger and received a severe mauling; one bite through the shoulder incapacitating him from further work for a long time. King, though not more than Iglb. in weight, would tackle a badger and never leave go until compelled to do so.
Mr. Leatham also used his terriers for rabbiting, and found them particularly handy in the prickly gorse coverts through which an ordinary terrier would not work, and he likewise trained them to hunt the hedgerows, and generally for doing the work of an all-round dog. He concluded his eulogy of his favourite breed by pronouncing them excellent house dogs, kindly with children, and he considered them as game as ever they were, even when the Border gipsies had them as assistants in