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or fighting,” and one by one let them at the poor fox. However, sport there was none, for the terriers quite refused to tackle their game. “Try Sir Douglas” (who was benched at the same show), said one fellow, and Sir Douglas was at once brought upon the scene, and, licking his lips—as was his wont under such circumstances—made a dash at the fox, immediately pinning it by the throat, much to the chagrin of those who were in charge of the show. Somehow or other they managed to get the dog off before the fox was quite killed, though the poor thing died just after the show—it was thought from distemper contracted thereat !
What this favourite dog of mine was as a faithful companion, no doubt any ordinary Dandie Dinmont would prove to be under proper training, and, even at the risk of being considered egotistical, I have ventured to give the above particulars of a terrier once well known on the show-bench, and the mention of whose name to some people would have much the same effect as a red rag is said to have upon a bull.
Although it is always very much a matter of opinion as to what are or have been the best Dandies of modern and of recent times, it may be as well to give a list of a few I have known, as such might perhaps come in useful for future reference. There was Capt. Lindoe’s Dandie (who won at Cremorne in 1864), Mr. W. Dorchester’s Cloudie and Jock, Mr. H. Murchison’s Melrose, Mr. Macdona’s Kilt, Mr. P. Scott’s Peachem and Nettle, Rev. T. Mosse’s Shamrock and Vixen, Mr. Bradshaw Smith’s Dirk, Mr. Locke’s Sporran and Doctor, Mr. A. Mather’s Warlock, Mr. W. F. A. B. Coupland’s Border Prince, Mr. D Bailie’s Border King; the mustards Mr Steel’s Edenside and Mr. Clark’s Heather Sandy; Mr. G. Graham’s Maud 11., Mr. Leatham’s Heather Peggy, his Little Pepper II. and Ainsty Belle, Dandy, Marvel, Vesper, and quite a host of other good ones with the prefix of Ainsty; Mr. D. T. Gray’s Philabeg, Mr. W. T. Barton’s May Queen, Mr. Stordy’s Rab, Mr. T. FSlater’s Tweedmouth; Mr. Brough’s Belle Coota, who made a most successful debut at Manchester in: 1894; Mrs. Grieve’s Thistle Grove Crab, Tinker, and Dandie; Mr. E. Dennis’ Cannie Lady, Mr. Tweddle’s Carel Tiger and Carel Tartar, Truthful and Cargen Duke; Mr. Alexander Downie’s Blacket House (late Piper Allan), a mustard that won at Manchester, in 1896; Mrs. K. Spencer’s Elspeth and My Queen; Mrs. A. Steele’s Scotland’s Pride, Kelso Count, Beauty, and Scotland’s Prince ; Mrs. Grieve’s Thistle Dandie, Mr. T. P. Potterton’s Puff, Mr. A. Mutter’s Blackadder, Mr. H. S. Whipp’s King of Scotland, Mrs. Rayner’s Graythwaite Dhu and Jack, and there are others almost equally good. In addition there are on the borders several kennels of Dandie Dinmont terriers kept, the owners of which never exhibit. These names show that our favourite dog is not degenerating, and further evidence that such is the case may be found in the Stud Books and in the show catalogues. At Edinburgh in October last year there was an entry of nearly a hundred, which included upwards of fifty dogs, pretty well as good a collection as was ever brought together.
A club to look after the interests of this terrier was formed at Selkirk in 187 5, only a year after the Kennel Club was established, and at that time it had two secretaries, one for England, the other for Scotland. In 1885 came a Scottish club, which at the time of writing this, late in 1902, is practically defunct, and in 1889 the South of Scotland Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club was duly formulated, which in due course became amalgamated with the Terrier Club.
The description and points of this terrier are as follows :—
Head.—Strongly made and large, not out of proportion to the dog’s size, the muscles showing extraordinary development, more especially the maxillary. Skull broad between the ears, getting gradually less towards the eyes, and measuring about the same from the inner corner of the eye to back of skull as it does from ear to ear. The forehead well domed. The head is covered with very soft, silky hair, which should not be confined to a mere topknot, and the lighter in colour and silkier it is the better. The cheeks, starting from the ears proportionately with the skull, have a gradual taper towards the muzzle, which is deep and strongly made, and measures about 3m. in length, or in proportion to skull as three is to five. The muzzle covered with hair of a little darker shade than the topknot, and of the same texture as the feather of the fore legs. The top of the muzzle is generally bare for about an inch from the back part of the nose, the bareness coming to a point towards the eye, and being about Iin. broad at the nose. The nose and inside of mouth black or dark-coloured. The teeth very strong, especially the canine, which are of extraordinary size for such a small dog. The canines fit well into each other, so as to give the greatest available holding and punishing power, and the teeth are level in front, the upper ones very slightly overlapping the under ones. [Many of the finest specimens have a “swine mouth,” which is very objectionable, but is not so great an objection as the protrusion of the under jaw]
Eyes—Set wide apart, large, full, round, bright, expressive of great determination, intelligence, and dignity; set low and prominent in front of the head; colour, a rich, dark hazel.
Ears.—Pendulous, set well back, wide apart, and low on the skull; hanging close to the cheeks, with a very slight projection at the base; broad at the junction of the head, and tapering almost to a point, the fore part of the ear tapering very little—the taper being mostly on the back part, the fore part of the ear coming almost straight down from its junction with the head to the tip. They should harmonise in colour with the body colour. In the case of a pepper dog they are covered with a soft, straight, brown hair (in some cases almost black). In the case of a mustard dog the hair should be mustard in colour, a shade darker than the body, but not black. All _ should have a thin feather of light hair starting about zin. from the tip, and of nearly the same colour and texture as the topknot, which gives the ear the appearance of a distinct point. The animal is often one or two years old before the feather is shown. The cartilage and skin of the ear should not be thick, but rather thin. Length of ear, from 3in. to 4in.
Neck—Very muscular, well developed,and strong, showing great power of resistance, being well set into the shoulders.