Celebrating Dandie Dinmont, one of the world’s rarest dogs

A celebration of one of the rarest, most iconic but almost forgotten breed of dogs in the world is to be held in the Scottish borders next month.

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Photograph by: Kevin GreenfieldKelly Ward from Selkirk and twelve Dandie Dinmont Terriers get set to honour the 175th birthday of the breed’s founding father ‘Old Ginger’.

More than 150 Dandie Dinmont Terrier owner and enthusiasts from across 14 countries, including USA, Canada, Scandinavia and Europe, are to honour the 175th birthday of the breed’s founding father ‘Old Ginger’, born at The Haining in Selkirk on 4 June 1842.

The anniversary celebrations will take place across three days, between 2–4 June, enabling both locals and visitors to step back in time and explore the ancestry of the breed named after a character from Sir Walter Scott’s novel ‘Guy Mannering’.

The Dandie Dismount is among the rarest dogs on earth, and the only breed to have its own tartan bestowed by a Clan Chief. The event aims to highlight the plight of the endangered canine which saw only 316 puppies born worldwide last year.

Activities across the weekend include a ‘Barking Plaid’ Tartan Fashion Show at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, which will see items exclusively styled in the historic Walter Scott black and white tartan fabric for both dogs and owners on 2 June, and a ‘Meet the Dandies’ public event at Bowhill House and Country Estate on 3 June.

Sir Walter Scott by Sir Henry Raeburn

A street parade of Dandie Dinmont Terriers through Selkirk will kick-off the birthday party proceedings on 4 June followed by the opening of the Dandie Dinmont Discovery Centre, the Dandie Dinmont Derby and the unveiling of the ‘Old Ginger’ bronze statue by the Queen’s sculptor for Scotland, Alexander Stoddart. All this is due to take place at The Haining – recognised as being the home of the Dandie Dinmont terrier.

Popular locations such as Abbotsford House, Lochcarron of Scotland and Dryburgh Abbey will also be explored by enthusiasts throughout the weekend.

“The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is Scotland’s forgotten dog breed with a dedicated and passionate following of enthusiasts from around the world,” said Paul Keevil, UK Coordinator of the event.

“The first weekend in June will see the largest ever informal gathering of the breed as we celebrate the 175th birthday of the father of the breed “Old Ginger”.

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