One of Britain’s rarest dog breeds gets new litter of five puppies

One of Britain’s rarest breed of dog which is more endangered than the giant panda has received a welcome boost for Christmas with a litter of five puppies.

The Dandie Dinmont has been cast aside in recent decades in favour of designer pooches such as cockerpoos, labradoodles and French bulldogs. 

The species – the world’s oldest breed of terrier – has featured on the Kennel Club’s top 10 vulnerable breeds list every year since its inception 15 years ago.

In 2015, numbers of new-born puppies in the UK sunk to an all-time low of just 79, however their numbers have gradually increased over the last two years.  

One of Britain's rarest breed of dog which is more endangered than the giant panda has received a welcome boost for Christmas with a litter of five puppies

One of Britain's rarest breed of dog which is more endangered than the giant panda has received a welcome boost for Christmas with a litter of five puppies

One of Britain’s rarest breed of dog which is more endangered than the giant panda has received a welcome boost for Christmas with a litter of five puppies

Breeder Andy Kennedy is currently caring for the five male pups a this Hants home and has already found buyers for two of the adorable dogs.

He has plans to keep the fifth puppy for himself but is still looking for homes for the other two, which he is trying to sell for £1,000 each.  

Paul Keevil, a fellow Dandie Dinmont breeder and founding member of the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breed committee, said: ‘The population of the Dandie Dinmont terrier has virtually halved in the last 15 years.

The Dandie Dinmont has been cast aside in recent decades in favour of designer pooches such as cockerpoos, labradoodles and French bulldogs

The Dandie Dinmont has been cast aside in recent decades in favour of designer pooches such as cockerpoos, labradoodles and French bulldogs

The Dandie Dinmont has been cast aside in recent decades in favour of designer pooches such as cockerpoos, labradoodles and French bulldogs

The species - the world's oldest breed of terrier - has featured on the Kennel Club's top 10 vulnerable breeds list every year since its inception 15 years ago

The species - the world's oldest breed of terrier - has featured on the Kennel Club's top 10 vulnerable breeds list every year since its inception 15 years ago

The species – the world’s oldest breed of terrier – has featured on the Kennel Club’s top 10 vulnerable breeds list every year since its inception 15 years ago

In 2015, numbers of new-born puppies in the UK sunk to an all-time low of just 79, however their numbers have gradually increased over the last two years

In 2015, numbers of new-born puppies in the UK sunk to an all-time low of just 79, however their numbers have gradually increased over the last two years

In 2015, numbers of new-born puppies in the UK sunk to an all-time low of just 79, however their numbers have gradually increased over the last two years

‘We have just come off the back of the two lowest consecutive years of all time with just 79 born in 2015 and 80 in 2016.

‘We are in a very highly endangered place but in the last 18 months has thankfully seen a bit of a growth.

‘It looks like we are beginning to make a bit of a slow recovery which is why a litter like this is so very important for us.

Breeder Andy Kennedy is currently caring for the five male pups a this Hants home and has already found buyers for two of the adorable dogs

Breeder Andy Kennedy is currently caring for the five male pups a this Hants home and has already found buyers for two of the adorable dogs

Breeder Andy Kennedy is currently caring for the five male pups a this Hants home and has already found buyers for two of the adorable dogs

He has plans to keep the fifth puppy for himself but is still looking for homes for the other two, which he is trying to sell for £1,000 each

He has plans to keep the fifth puppy for himself but is still looking for homes for the other two, which he is trying to sell for £1,000 each

He has plans to keep the fifth puppy for himself but is still looking for homes for the other two, which he is trying to sell for £1,000 each

He has plans to keep the fifth puppy for himself but is still looking for homes for the other two, which he is trying to sell for £1,000 each

He has plans to keep the fifth puppy for himself but is still looking for homes for the other two, which he is trying to sell for £1,000 each

Paul Keevil, a fellow Dandie Dinmont breeder and founding member of the Kennel Club's vulnerable breed committee, said: 'The population of the Dandie Dinmont terrier has virtually halved in the last 15 years

Paul Keevil, a fellow Dandie Dinmont breeder and founding member of the Kennel Club's vulnerable breed committee, said: 'The population of the Dandie Dinmont terrier has virtually halved in the last 15 years

Paul Keevil, a fellow Dandie Dinmont breeder and founding member of the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breed committee, said: ‘The population of the Dandie Dinmont terrier has virtually halved in the last 15 years

‘Three puppies is average and four is lucky so to have five is fantastic news.

‘We hope their new owners will be encouraged to breed them on.’

Dandie Dinmonts were established in the 1700s on the English/Scottish borders and were originally called mustard and pepper terriers owing to the colour of their coasts.

Dandie Dinmonts were established in the 1700s on the English/Scottish borders and were originally called mustard and pepper terriers owing to the colour of their coasts

Dandie Dinmonts were established in the 1700s on the English/Scottish borders and were originally called mustard and pepper terriers owing to the colour of their coasts

Dandie Dinmonts were established in the 1700s on the English/Scottish borders and were originally called mustard and pepper terriers owing to the colour of their coasts

Their name changed after Scottish author Sir Walter Scott's 1815 novel Guy Mannering

Their name changed after Scottish author Sir Walter Scott's 1815 novel Guy Mannering

Their name changed after Scottish author Sir Walter Scott’s 1815 novel Guy Mannering

They were bred to hunt ground vermin like foxes, badgers and otters.

Their name changed after Scottish author Sir Walter Scott’s 1815 novel Guy Mannering. The book featured the character Dandie Dimont who kept the terriers.

The novel was hugely popular and the first editions sold out in 24 hours.

Mr Keevil said: ‘Mr Dandie Dinmont was a farmer and people were charmed by his terriers and flocked to the borders to try and buy them and that is when and how their name changed.’

Andy Kennedy, 54, who looks after the brood is a 4th generation Dandie breeder

Andy Kennedy, 54, who looks after the brood is a 4th generation Dandie breeder

Andy Kennedy, 54, who looks after the brood is a 4th generation Dandie breeder

Andy Kennedy, 54, who looks after the brood is a 4th generation Dandie breeder

Andy Kennedy, 54, who looks after the brood is a 4th generation Dandie breeder

His grandfather Alastair, of Dumfriesshire, was a vet for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club parents and another ancestor, John Mather, was a found member

His grandfather Alastair, of Dumfriesshire, was a vet for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club parents and another ancestor, John Mather, was a found member

His grandfather Alastair, of Dumfriesshire, was a vet for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club parents and another ancestor, John Mather, was a found member

He said: 'The fact that we have five puppies is quite a responsibility given their overall number'

He said: 'The fact that we have five puppies is quite a responsibility given their overall number'

He said: ‘The fact that we have five puppies is quite a responsibility given their overall number’

‘They remained popular until the 1970s and since then fashionable breeds and designers dogs with endorsements from film stars and celebrities behind the and the god old fashioned British working breeds just got forgotten about.

‘I think working breeds became redundant and had to be retrained to become companions and had to make the transition from field to fireside.

‘Some dogs did that better than others.

He added: ''We want them to do well and go to good homes whose owners will be ambassadors for the breed'

He added: ''We want them to do well and go to good homes whose owners will be ambassadors for the breed'

He added: ”We want them to do well and go to good homes whose owners will be ambassadors for the breed’

Andy posed outside with the puppy's mum Jessie 

Andy posed outside with the puppy's mum Jessie 

Andy posed outside with the puppy’s mum Jessie 

The mother of the recent litter, who are being sold for £1,000 each, Jessie

The mother of the recent litter, who are being sold for £1,000 each, Jessie

The mother of the recent litter, who are being sold for £1,000 each, Jessie

‘Dandie Dinmonts are a reasonable size to pick up and carry and they love human company and are affectionate and also adapts very well to life in towns and country.

‘I don’t know why they became unpopular but as they get less popular, fewer people know about them so it is a never ending circle of decline.’

Mr Kennedy, 54, is a 4th generation Dandie breeder. His grandfather Alastair, of Dumfriesshire, was a vet for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club parents and another ancestor, John Mather, was a found member.

He said: ‘The fact that we have five puppies is quite a responsibility given their overall number.

‘We want them to do well and go to good homes whose owners will be ambassadors for the breed.’

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