The Dandie Dinmont Terrier originated as a hunter, designed to “go to the ground” for otters, badgers, and other small to medium sized quarry. They were officially recognized as a breed around 1700 and have enjoyed popularity with both gypsies and aristocrats during various periods in their history. They rose to fame in 1814, when Sir Walter Scott wrote about them in Guy Mannering. They are very recognizable, with their long, low-slung bodies, “scimitar” tail, soulful eyes, and fluffy topknot of curly hair. While small in size, they have the confidence of a much larger dog as well intelligence and independence to match. Affectionate and good-natured, they make good family pets but may not be outgoing with strangers. They do not shed but require daily brushing and twice yearly stripping. A daily walk will keep them fit and happy.