The Kennel Club has announced that its Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds Competition will take place once again this year, culminating in a grand final at Crufts 2017.
To raise awareness of vulnerable British & Irish breeds, and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity, the Kennel Club created the competition in 2015. Its inaugural year was met with great enthusiasm by exhibitors and saw the top scoring winner from each vulnerable breed invited to attend the first grand final, held at Crufts 2016.
The competition, which is sponsored by Eukanuba and run in conjunction with media partner Our Dogs, is open to all vulnerable breeds competing at Open and Championship Shows, and dogs that are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list are able to collect points for awards at these shows. Points can be claimed for Best of Breed or Best Any Variety Not Separately Classified (AVNSC) and also for Group placings at Championship shows.
The aim is for dogs to collect the highest number of points in their breed in a calendar year. At the end of the year, the top scoring dog from each breed will be invited to compete in the grand final.
Exhibitors should record their Best of Breed/Group wins on the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition claim form/book for points gained from January to December 2016, and then submit this to the Kennel Club for verification at the end of the year (points will be awarded for Championship and specific Open Show wins).
Points may be claimed retrospectively this year (from shows held on or after 1st January 2016) and exhibitors can also submit updates to Our Dogs which will publish monthly leader boards.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club has been delighted with the response to the competition so far and is pleased that we are able to give these vulnerable breeds the recognition that they deserve.
“The Kennel Club would encourage show societies to work with breed clubs of vulnerable native breeds so that these clubs can inspire their membership to enter the classes and take part in the competition. Crufts is a wonderful showcase for pedigree dogs and the perfect chance to show the world just how special the rare British and Irish native breeds really are.”
To take part, exhibitors need to download a Kennel Club British & Irish Breeds Competition claim form from the Kennel Club website:http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/dog-showing/vulnerable-breeds-competition/.
At the end of the year, the completed form must be submitted to the Breed Shows Team email@example.com and the Crufts finalists will be notified by the Kennel Club.
Competitors can track their success on the official leader board, which is published in the monthly competition feature in Our Dogs. Anyone taking part is reminded to regularly log their points with Our Dogs by submitting the completed points tracker form either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at the Our Dogs stand at General and Group Championship Shows.
How points are awarded:
Single Breed Open shows and All Breed/Group Open shows:
Best of Breed/Best in AVNSC Classes 1 point
Best of Breed/Best in AVNSC Classes 1 point
Group Winner 4 points
2nd Place in Group 3 points
3rd Place in Group 2 points
4th Place in Group 1 point
Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds 2016:
Bloodhound, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Clumber Spaniels, Curly Coated Retrievers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Deerhounds, English Setters, English Toy Terriers (Black and Tan), Field Spaniels, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Gordon Setters, Irish Red & White Setters, Irish Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Irish Wolfhounds, Kerry Blue Terriers, King Charles Spaniels, Lakeland Terriers, Lancashire Heelers, Manchester Terriers, Mastiffs, Miniature Bull Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Otterhounds, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Smooth Collies, Smooth Fox Terriers, and Sussex Spaniels.Tags: KC Press Release, VNB
March 21st, 2016Crufts 2016Tags: Crufts 2016, Video, VNB
March 11th, 2016Crufts 2016
It was a very busy second day at Crufts 2016. Photos will be soon be available via our Facebook page, but here’s a rundown of the highlights and key headlines so far. Don’t forget that you can watch all the Day 3 action live here, or follow us on Twitter for updates direct from the show.
Vulnerable Native Breeds
The Vulnerable Native Breeds represented in the Gundog Group, and their respective Best of Breeds were:
Clumber Spaniel (70 entries) – TOTUS TUUS KAPRYS REJENTA
Curly Coated Retriever (76) – ELKYSAR ALL THAT JAZZ
English Setter (200) – SH CH MARIGLEN SNOWDRIFT AT HAYWORTH
Field Spaniel (54) – SH CH NADAVIN NOBILITY JW
Gordon Setter (192) – SH CH LOURDACE FULCRUM JW
Irish Red & White Setter (78) – CASAFELICE CHEVIOT
Irish Water Spaniel (30) – CH/AM CH WHISTLESTOP’S ELEMENTS OF MAGIC
Sussex Spaniel (52) – SH CH JUBILWELL BEAST OF BODMIN AT VOBROOK
Today was also the Final of the Kennel Club & Our Dogs Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds competition, judged by Ronnie Irving in the Main Arena prior to the Gundog Group. We are delighted to report that the Gordon Setter, SH CH LOURDACE FULCRUM JW won BOTH competitions! What a fabulous result for both this individual dog and for the Vulnerable Native Breeds as a whole.
The Reserve prize for the Vulnerable Native Breeds competition went to the Cardigan Corgi Ch Joseter Mr Blobby. 3rd was the Glenn of Imaal Ch Romainville Billy Whizz and 4th was the Field Spaniel Ch Elgert R’Anna. Shortlisted were the Bloodhound, Smooth Collie, Skye Terrier and Irish Water Spaniel. A full list of all the dogs who participated in this competition can be found here.
Finally, an Irish Water Spaniel represented the working native breeds in the ever popular Gundog display.
The Gundog Group, as detailed above, was won by James the Gordon Setter, from Fife. Unfortunately, the press picked up a story about fellow exhibitors grumbling because the judge who put him forward was the sister of one of the Gordon’s co-owners, but the Kennel Club have stated that no rules were broken in this case.
It was also a successful day for the Valentisimo kennel, who were present at the show despite their recent headline grabbing tragedy, with Best of Breed, Reserve Best Dog and Best Opposite all going home with them this evening, as well as multiple smaller successes in the classes. The Spanish Water Dog Best of Breed unfortunately wasn’t shortlisted in the Group, but they probably wouldn’t have had room in the car for any more awards!
Reserve in the Gundog Group was the Chesapeake Bay Retriever SH CH ARNAC BAY EXE. 3rd was the Lagotto Romagnolo IT/NL/SLO/BE/FIN/SE/VDH/LUX CH GLESKA GOODY-GOODY and 4th was the Flatcoat Retriever CH/SEU(U)CH/NOU CH CASTLEROCK SIMPLY MAGIC.
The Top Gundog 2015, Pointer SH CH SHARNPHILLY JUICI COTURE, won the Bitch Challenge Certificate. The Weimaraner SH CH GUNALT DE ICE AT STRIDVIEW, joint 10th 2015, won Best of Breed. Top Puppy 2015, the Labrador MATTAND EXODUS JW won the Reserve dog CC.
There are no High Profile breeds in the Gundog Group.
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James The Gordon Setter Crowned UK’s Top Vulnerable Breed And Wins A Place In Best In Show At Crufts2March 11th, 2016Crufts 2016
James, a Gordon Setter and owner David Alcorn from Fife, Scotland, won the grand final of the first ever Kennel Club Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds competition at Crufts this evening and then went on to win Best in Group for Gundog breeds qualifying them for a place in the Best in Show final on Sunday.
David Alcorn and James (Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum JW), aged 5, won the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition and Best in Group for Gundog breeds in front of a packed Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham.
David commented on his magnificent evening: “This has been an incredible day, really fantastic. It’s been non-stop and James has never stopped performing. He loves the big ring and the atmosphere and he always rises to the challenge. Winning the Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds competition and then going back into the main arena for the Gundog Group is the stuff dreams are made of.”
Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke of Gordon, is credited with establishing the breed we now know as the Gordon Setter. Some records show the early version of the Gordon Setter was first recorded as long ago as the sixteenth century.
Gordon Setter numbers decreased during the first half of the 20th Century, as the large shooting estates went into decline. In 1923 only 54 Setters were registered with the Kennel Club. During this period the Gordon Setter was rarely seen outside Scotland. By the end of the Second World War the Gordon was becoming more popular as a family pet rather than a working gundog. However, in 2015 only 234 Gordon Setters were registered with the Kennel Club and it is therefore considered to be a vulnerable breed.
The Kennel Club launched the new competition to raise awareness of these breeds and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity.
James and David will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for the final of the 125th Anniversary of Crufts. People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show as the final is shown live on Channel 4 and is streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Congratulations to James and his owner David on this fantastic achievement. To win two major competitions is an incredible achievement. James is doing a fantastic job of promoting the breed on the world’s largest stage and we wish him all every success for Best in Show.”
The Reserve prize for the Vulnerable Native Breeds competition went to the Cardigan Corgi Ch Joseter Mr Blobby. 3rd was the Glenn of Imaal Ch Romainville Billy Whizz and 4th was the Field Spaniel Ch Elgert R’Anna.
The Reserve prize for the Gundog Group went to the Chesapeake Bay Retriever SH CH ARNAC BAY EXE. 3rd was the Lagotto Romagnolo IT/NL/SLO/BE/FIN/SE/VDH/LUX CH GLESKA GOODY-GOODY and 4th was the Flatcoat Retriever CH/SEU(U)CH/NOU CH CASTLEROCK SIMPLY MAGIC.Tags: Crufts 2016, Gundog Group, VNB
March 4th, 2016Crufts 2016
Twenty six vulnerable dog breeds are heading to Crufts to take part in the Kennel Club Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds competition final, which is the first of its kind.
Sponsored by pet food maker Eukanuba, and supported by Our Dogs newspaper, the Kennel Club launched the new competition for dog show exhibitors who show Vulnerable British & Irish breeds, to raise awareness of these breeds and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity.
The competition, which was open to all vulnerable breeds competing at Open and Championship Shows, enabled dogs that are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list to collect points over the course of the year for awards won at dog shows.
The top scoring dogs from each breed have been invited to compete at Crufts 2016 and the inaugural final will take place on Friday 11th March at 6.10pm in the main arena.
Former Kennel Club chairman Ronnie Irving will judge the first ever final of the Kennel Club Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds competition.
Heading to the Crufts final are the following vulnerable breeds and their owners:
DEFENDER OD HADIHO POTOKA AT HOUNDSEEKER (IMP CZE)
Owned MISS E BURNSIDE & MR R MANLEY
Ch. FOXCLIFFE CLASSIC LIBERTY FREEDOM AT BEARDSWOOD (IMP USA)
Owned by DR S HELPS, MRS C DOVE & DR R DOVE
Ch. TECKELGARTH MAXIMUS
Owned by MISS M LEREGO & MR S & MRS A SMITH & MISS E SMITH
Ch. FOXEARTH FLINTAB
Owned by MR T & MRS B HAYWARD
FOXTHYME BACK TO BLACK JW
Owned by MRS N & MISS E BEACH
WELSH CORGI (CARDIGAN)
Ch. JOSETTER MR BLOBBY
Owned by MR P CLIFTON
WELSH CORGI (PEMBROKE)
CHILILABOMWE FLAMING KATIE JW Sh.CM
Owned by MR D J & MRS JE ASHBRIDGE
BULL TERRIER (MINIATURE)
ANGELS WARRIORS TINY FOREVER Sh.CM
OWNED by MRS L GLASS
DANDIE DINMONT TERRIER
CLOVERWOOD DUCHESS MAY
Owned by MRS E JACKA SLATER
ZETAMAZ MARCEL MARCEAU AVEC LLYUNAMILL JW Sh.CM
Owned by MRS R TURLEY
GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIER
Ch. ROMAINVILLE BILLY WHIZZ
Owned by MRS K A GEORGE & MISS N C SULLIVAN
KERRY BLUE TERRIER
Owned by MS C CLARKE O’NEILL
BRINDLEFIELD MR BOJANGLES
Owned by Mr N Riley
Ch. FELFREE ROCKET
Owned by MRS J & MISS G FERGUSON
Ch. KREATIN HIDDEN EXTRA Sh.CM
Owned by MRS C HITCHEN
Ch. POLROSE PARKER PLUS ORNELLA Sh.CM
Owned by MR L & MRS D BETTIS
Ch. BRAKEMILL BARNUM
Owned by MRS J CURTIS
ENGLISH TOY TERRIER
Ch. WITCHSTONE CHINA GIRL FOR POSHPINS
Owned by MR LEONARD, MR ROSS & MISS FROST
KING CHARLES SPANIEL
Ch. BALDRAGON SHE DEMANDS JW
Owned by MRS C ROBINSON
Sh Ch. LOURDACE FULCRUM JW
Owned by MR D ALCORN, MR D CROWTHER, MRS J BADDLEY & MISS F SWAN
IRISH RED & WHITE SETTER
Sh Ch. ALANEA SUMMER COTTAGE Sh.CM
Owned by MRS A TATTERSALL
RETRIEVER (CURLY COATED)
KAGEMUSHA TOKYO JOE JW Sh.CM
Owned by MRS G MAY
Sh Ch. TWEEDSMUIR DAMBUSTER JW
Owned by MR P M & MRS H D MONAGHAN
Ch. ELGERT R’ANNA JW
Owned by MS G OSBORN
SPANIEL (IRISH WATER)
Sh Ch. CUBOGLACH PETITE WAVE
Owned by MR M L FORD
YORKHAM FRED BEAR FROM CHABROUILLE Sh.CM
Owned by MR G J & MRS L A NESBITT
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The Kennel Club’s list of vulnerable breeds includes some of the nation’s oldest dog breeds that have played an important role in this country’s history.
“We are thankful to those dedicated and passionate owners who use their knowledge, care and expertise to ensure that these breeds continue to be a part of our society and we have launched this competition to give them the recognition and prestige that they deserve.”
For more information on the Kennel Club Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds competition, please visitTags: Crufts 2016, KC Press Release, VNB
February 7th, 2016Articles
…Whilst the Bedlington Terrier, Irish Terrier and English Setter are in decline, according to Kennel Club statistics released ahead of Crufts.
The Queen’s favourite breed of dog, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and the Old English Sheepdog have experienced a surge in popularity in 2015 and are no longer considered to be at risk of dying out, according to Kennel Club breed registration statistics.
The native British breeds were once at risk of disappearing from streets and parks around the UK after numbers fell so low that they were put on the Kennel Club’s ‘Vulnerable Native Breeds’ and ‘At Watch’ lists.
The latest figures have been released ahead of Crufts, which showcases Britain’s vulnerable native breeds, and gives dog lovers the chance to meet the breeds to find out why they are worth saving.
In 2014, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was considered vulnerable, for the first time in the breed’s history, with only 274 puppy registrations. The breed has since had a 34 per cent increase in registrations from 2014 to 2015 and has moved from the Vulnerable Native Breed list to the At Watch list.
The Old English Sheepdog, which was popularised by the television adverts for Dulux paint, has also seen a boost in numbers, up by 22 per cent from 405 puppy registrations in 2014 to 495 in 2015, meaning that it is no longer included in the At Watch list.
Whilst these two breeds are experiencing a revival, things are not looking good for the Bedlington Terrier, as the breed is now on the At Watch list for the first time in the breed’s history after registrations dropped to 395 new pups in 2015.
In addition to the Bedlington Terrier, the English Setter and Irish Terrier are now officially on the Kennel Club Vulnerable Native Breeds list, which includes those native dog breeds with fewer than 300 puppy registrations annually, meaning they fall below the minimum number needed to ensure that a breed’s population is sustainable.
In total there are 29 breeds on the Vulnerable Native Breeds list, including the Skye Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Sussex Spaniel and Field Spaniel. The Otterhound has the lowest registrations with only 34 registrations in total for 2015.
There are seven breeds on the At Watch list, because they number between 300 and 450 registrations a year, including the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and the Bearded Collie.
To put the registration figures for these breeds into perspective, the most popular breed in the UK, the Labrador Retriever, had 32,507 puppies registered in 2015.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Whilst it is good news for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Old English Sheepdog, we are concerned that the English Setter and Irish Terrier are dropping in numbers and the Bedlington Terrier is now included on the At Watch list for the first time.
“Vulnerable native breeds are dog breeds originating in the UK and Ireland which have been identified by the Kennel Club as having annual registration numbers of 300 puppies or fewer. We compile the list in order to raise awareness of some of our oldest and historically best loved breeds of dog, which are struggling to compete with newer breeds that are more fashionable.
“Crufts is coming up in March and this is a great opportunity for people to discover the 216 breeds recognised in this country, as currently half of all dogs registered in the UK are from the top ten breeds, with the other lesser known breeds sadly trailing far behind.”
Vulnerable Native Breeds
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Avg. Otterhound 38 37 42 22 34 35 Skye Terrier 44 42 17 63 43 42 Sussex Spaniel 52 74 55 67 43 58 Field Spaniel 46 47 29 70 46 48 Irish Red & White Setter 119 89 82 102 64 91 Curly Coated Retriever 62 71 118 77 66 79 Bloodhound 50 50 51 74 77 60 English Toy Terrier 95 126 115 94 78 102 Smooth Collie 75 88 82 33 78 71 Glen of Imaal Terrier 67 57 55 74 79 67 Lancashire Heeler 98 104 103 132 81 104 Dandie Dinmont Terrier 98 120 105 144 88 111 Sealyham Terrier 63 76 68 97 113 83 Cardigan Welsh Corgi 108 94 102 118 124 109 Kerry Blue Terrier 212 210 169 172 131 179 Irish Water Spaniel 101 148 101 88 132 114 Norwich Terrier 158 170 194 166 147 167 Smooth Fox Terrier 137 94 122 142 148 129 King Charles Spaniel 180 217 161 142 149 170 Mastiff 173 140 139 124 159 147 Lakeland Terrier 247 208 221 176 173 205 Miniature Bull Terrier 216 192 161 189 183 189 Manchester Terrier 152 124 198 187 192 171 Clumber Spaniel 235 151 247 217 214 213 Gordon Setter 245 252 273 250 234 251 Deerhound 237 260 236 234 267 247 English Setter 234 314 326 332 289 299 Irish Terrier 277 306 362 371 290 321 Irish Wolfhound 321 302 322 282 293 304 Old English Sheepdog 401
429 461 405 495 438
At Watch Breeds
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Avg. Bearded Collie 547 480 552 371 346 459 Welsh Springer Spaniel 396 348 328 315 363 350 Pembroke Welsh Corgi 371 333 328 118 366 303 Welsh Terrier 415 352 447 392 389 399 Bedlington Terrier 558 506 482 462 395 481 Parson Russell Terrier 539 562 499 395 407 480 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 433 455 372 404 423 417
Tags: KC Press Release, VNB
Breed 2016 2015 Total: 4435 4377 Bloodhound 25 15 Bull Terrier (Miniature) 85 77 Collie (Smooth) 58 56 Dandie Dinmont Terrier 59 56 Deerhound 101 103 English Setter 200 170 English Toy Terrier 58 64 Fox Terrier (Smooth) 66 73 Glen of Imaal Terrier 42 30 Gordon Setter 192 208 Irish Red & White Setter 78 86 Irish Terrier 56 47 Irish Wolfhound 162 149 Kerry Blue Terrier 51 64 King Charles Spaniel 125 108 Lakeland Terrier 45 41 Lancashire Heeler 86 89 Manchester Terrier 66 57 Mastiff 66 58 Norwich Terrier 51 40 Old English Sheepdog 133 111 Otterhound 32 32 Retriever (Curly Coated) 76 73 Sealyham Terrier 33 38 Skye Terrier 56 57 Spaniel (Clumber) 70 87 Spaniel (Field) 54 53 Spaniel (Irish Water) 30 36 Spaniel (Sussex) 52 57 Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) 91 83 Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) 120 144
March 1st, 2015Articles
Last week, 52 Dandie Dinmont Terriers and their human enthusiasts gathered in Selkirk on the Scottish Borders to participate in a one of a kind event. They were there to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel Guy Mannering, the book which introduced the Dandie Dinmont to the world.
Three Scottish mansions vital to the history and development of the breed opened their doors so the breed’s heritage could be celebrated over three days; Abbotsford, Bowhill and The Haining. The event has attracted significant media coverage, which we have attempted to collate for posterity below.
The Telegraph – Desperate fight to stop Dandies disappearing
BBC (w video) – Rare Dandie Dinmont terriers celebrated
Aberdeen Press & Journal – Prepare yourself for cuteness: 50 Scottish terriers return to ancestral roots
The Southern Reporter – Endangered breed comes home to Selkirk
Selkirk Weekend Advertiser – The Haining welcomes £13,000 Dandie Dinmonts art donation
Herald Scotland – Dandie Dinmont breed returns to Borders home in fight for survival
ITV (w video) – Dandie Dinmonts descend on the Borders
Want to learn more about the Dandie Dinmont? Visit their Discover Dogs stand or come find them in Hall 2, Ring 77 at Crufts 2015.Tags: Articles, VNB
Meet Bindi the Smooth Collie; the first of our 2015 ShowTails participants.
Bindi (Seanua Sans Souci) is entered in the Obreedience competition and will be handled by her owner, Sophie Harrison. (In fact, they’ll be competing against a 2014 ShowTails star, Kheva the Pyrenean Sheepdog, so now we’re conflicted as to who to cheer for!) This is the first time either Sophie or Bindi have competed at Crufts and they are hoping that their nerves don’t get the better of them. Both of them have previously competed in Rally and Agility, but never in front of such large crowds.
Stage fright aside, Sophie tells us that she is looking forward to promoting this little known breed to such a wide audience. Smooth Collies are one of the British Vulnerable Native Breeds, with just 33 puppies registered in 2014. “Smooths get so little publicity and are so vulnerable; it would be lovely to promote them. They make fantastic family pets and are versatile enough to turn their hands to a variety of disciplines,” she says.
Bindi is living proof of this fact; she’s clicker trained, gained all her Good Citizen awards before she was 13 months old, works as a registered PAT dog and raised £6,500 for charity last year by walking the 102 mile Cotswold Way in a week.
At home, Sophie describes her as easy to live with, though friends have nicknamed her “Princess” due to her fastidious ways. “She’s the dog who walks around puddles and refuses to take treats from strangers, though her passion for rolling in fox poo is hardly princess-like!” Bindi shares her home with a German Shepherd, a Schipperke and three very bossy cats.
Sophie, who has lived in both the UK and Australia, was attracted to this unusual breed for one of the reasons which it is so often overlooked: the Smooth coat. They may lack the glamour of the Rough Collie appearance, but they’re certainly less work! “I wanted a dog that would be intelligent and athletic, good natured and social, with a low maintenance coat,” she says. Health and temperament was a priority when picking a breeder, and Sophie prepared for 2 years before adding Bindi to the family. Bindi loved to carry things in her mouth, even as a tiny puppy, which was a desirable trait in a potential Obedience competitor and the reason why Sophie picked her out of the litter. “I wanted a dog who would want a job to do.”
Hopefully Bindi will be able to do the importent job of representing her rare breed at the world’s biggest dog show. “I hope that the scale of the event won’t intimidate her, and that we are both able to enjoy our day,” says Sophie.
She and Bindi will be competing in the Obedience ring on the Saturday, and we will of course let you know how they get on. In the meantime, please join us in wishing them (and the rest of the Smooth Collie team) the best of luck.
February 17th, 2015Articles
On February 24th, 75 Dandie Dinmont Terrier enthusiasts from 8 different countries, together with 50 dogs of this rare breed, will be joining Sir Walter Scott experts and VIP guests, at his former home – Abbotsford, near Melrose in the Scottish Borders to celebrate an important anniversary – 200 years since the publication of the novel – which through its immense success, inadvertently created the world’s first celebrity dog.
200 years ago, Sir Walter Scott’s introduced us to this adorable breed in his second historical novel, Guy Mannering which, became an unprecedented publishing success, selling out its first edition in just 24 hours. It was in this book, that the character ‘Dandie Dinmont’ was first mentioned, described as a local farmer who always appeared with his unique Mustard and Pepper Terriers, the character ‘Dandie Dinmont’ and his Terriers became celebrities overnight and following the instant success of the book, royalty, nobility, and the rich and the famous flocked to the Scottish Borders in search of “Dandie Dinmont’s Terriers” and a breed was born!
Sadly the fortunes of this most engaging and historic of breeds has declined so much in recent times that the UK only produces about 100 puppies a year whilst only around 300 are born annually world-wide and the Kennel Club have listed it as being a “Vulnerable Native Breed”
But Dandie Dinmont Terrier enthusiasts are a dedicated bunch and for three days, building up to this unique bicentenary, international breed enthusiasts of the endearing little Terrier, will gather in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders area to pay tribute to the origins of the breed and to draw attention to its current fight for survival.
During the three days, the group will visit three historic houses that have all played an important part in the creation of the modern day Dandie Dinmont Terrier – Abbotsford, the historic home of Sir Walter Scott, that will privately open its doors, out of season, to welcome the loyal enthusiasts; Bowhill, the seat of The Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, (The Duke is also Patron of the Abbotsford Trust) who will welcome the breed home to the Borders; and The Haining, Selkirk – a Palladian mansion now in the hands of a Charitable Trust where the father of the current day breed is recorded to have been born. More than 50 Dandie Dinmont Terriers will also attend, which believed to be the largest ever informal gathering of these little dogs in Scotland.
Although the breed has existed since the 1700’s, it became the first type of Terrier to be given a specific breed name, it has played it part in the foundation of several other breeds including the Bedlington and Sealyham Terriers and to this day remains the only breed of dog to be named after a character from fiction.
Paul Keevil, UK Coordinator of the celebrations said: “We feel privileged that, in 1815 Sir Walter Scott brought the Dandie Dinmont Terrier to prominence, and today 200 years later, we are extracting his help once again to create awareness of this lovely little dog and hopefully, save it from possible extinction.”
He added, “Abbotsford is now one of the Scotland’s most vibrant tourist attractions and we are most grateful to the team at the Abbotsford Trust for embracing the spirit of our celebratory visits, and opening up for us and our Terriers in the off season, specifically so we could bring the Dandie Dinmont Terrier back home to its roots in the Border Counties of Scotland. We also thank the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, at Bowhill, and The Trustees of The Haining in Selkirk for their kind support in highlighting the current plight of the breed.”Tags: VNB