This section is from the book "The Terriers. A History And Description Of The Modern Dogs Of Great Britain And Ireland", by Rawdon B. Lee. Also available from Amazon: A History and Description of the Modern Dogs of Great Britain and Ireland: The Terriers.
About this time Messrs. Robert and Paul Scott, of Jedburgh, who tramped their district as pedlars or hawkers, were well known for the excellent Dandie Dinmonts they possessed, and right proud were the two brothers of their strain, and of their dog Peachem. Robert brought his favourite southwards on one or two occasions, winning first at the Crystal Palace Show in 1872, and he also had second given him at Birmingham. Peachem was to my idea an ideal of his race - not too big, not too little, good in coat, colour, and top knot, nicely domed in skull, shapely, well arched in body, and not too crooked in front. Robert Scott was wont to say, "Eh, eh! Its ainlie the joodges can beat Peachem".
Dr. Grants, of Hawick, Dandie Dinmonts and hounds are pleasantly alluded to by "The Druid" in Turf, Field, and Farm. Mr. Nicol Milne, of Faldon-side; Mr. F. Somner, West Morriston; Mr. James Atkins, Maryfield; Mr. Hugh Purvis, Leaderfoot; Mr. Nisbet, Rumbleton; with some few others, had leading kennels of this variety when it first came to be recognised by the wily southerns as a desirable dog to keep. They and others bred a good many of them, with which the market was soon supplied, and of such we find those that are with us at the time I write.
A somewhat noteworthy show was held at Carlisle later in the seventies, viz., in 1877, when it was announced that the awards would be made by points, the judges being Messrs. Pool and J. B. Richardson. There was the largest entry which had hitherto been brought together, eighty-five of the Dandie Dinmont terriers competing. There was no particular uniformity in the awards of prizes after all, and two of the chief honours went to animals of quite distinct type - the one to Shamrock, already alluded to, who then weighed 20lb. and was given seventy-eight points out of the possible hundred; the other to Mr. W. Carriers mustard dog Harry Bertram, who weighed 27½1b., and was given fifty-nine points out of the possible hundred. This, I fancy, was the beginning and ending of judging Dandie Dinmonts by points, and there were some odd awards made by the Scotsmen in those days, whatever they might say about those made by English judges. One of the latter had written that a Dandie Dinmont should have erect ears!
The terrier of which I write was, at this period, in the hey-day of his popularity. Leading exhibitors and the chief shows were supporting him. The late Mr. J. H. Murchison, the Rev. J. C. Macdona, Mr. James Locke, Selkirk; Mr. W. Carrick, Carlisle; Mr. James Cook, Edinburgh; Mr. A. Irving and Mr. Pool, Dumfries; Capt H. Ashton, Mr. A. H. T.
Newcomen, Kirkleatham; Mr. W. Dorchester, Reading; Mr. Slater, Carlisle; Mr. J. Finchett, Wales; and Mr. Coupland at one time or another were working in the dog's interests. Following them, or almost contemporary with them, came Mr. Archibald Steel, the Earl of Antrim, Capt. Keene, Mr. R. Stordy, Mr. D. J. T. Gray, Mr. A. Weaver, Mr. A. Kemball Cook, Mr. W. Walker, Mr. J. Sherwood, jun., the Rev. S. Tiddeman, Mr. Houleston, Mr. T. Maxwell, Mr. J. Clarke, Mr. G. Shiel, Mr. J. E. Dennis, Mr. E. W. Blogg, and Mr. G. A. B. Leatham, of Tadcaster, Yorkshire; Mr. J. Flinn, Portobello; and Dr. Hadden, Melrose. All have at one period or another owned excellent specimens, and for a time the Earl of Antrim was a most enthusiastic admirer of the variety. He tried various crosses, and was so fortunate that at one of the south country shows about eight years ago he made entries in both the Dandie Dinmont and Bedlington terrier classes, obtaining a prize or honourable mention in each with two dogs out of the same bitch and by the same sire. This can really be called successful breeding, and it certainly shows how nearly allied are these two strains of terrier. It must not be forgotten that both varieties sprang pretty much from the same locality.
Mr. Leatham, at Thorp Arch, Boston Spa, who has kept the breed for over twenty years, has at the present time the largest and best kennel of Dandie Dinmont terriers ever owned by one man, and has seldom less than ten couple running about, not counting the young puppies. The catalogues and the Kennel Stud Books show their winnings, and so even an entry can Mr. Leatham turn out that on more than one occasion he has won the prize for the best team of terriers in the show, and so recently as 1893 his entry was awarded the special at Edinburgh for the best team of non-sporting dogs in the show. However, more than this the Thorp Arch Dandie Dinmonts are properly trained and educated in all the duties which a good terrier ought to perform. Mr. Leatham, with the pride of an enthusiast, says "they are the gamest terriers on land or in water he ever saw." He proceeds to say "that they are first-rate ratters; he has bolted foxes with them when hounds have run them to ground, and they do their duty willingly. But," says Mr. Leatham, "the best test is with badgers," which he has every opportunity of utilising in their wild state, as there are several earths in the neighbourhood in which he resides. He has never known one of his Dandies show the "white feather, though he has seen fox terriers bolt directly the badger came in sight. On the contrary, the Dandies will stand terrible punishment, and Ainsty King, a well-known bench winner, had an hour and a half with one badger and received a severe mauling; one bite through the shoulder incapacitating him from further work for a long time. King, though not more than 191b. in weight, will tackle a badger and never leave go until compelled to do so".
Mr. Leatham also uses his terriers for rabbiting, and finds them particularly handy in the prickly gorse coverts through which an ordinary terrier will not work, and he likewise trains them to hunt the hedgerows, and generally for doing the work of an all-round dog. He concludes his eulogy of his favourite breed by pronouncing them excellent house dogs, kindly with children, and he considers them as game as ever they were even when the border gipsies had them as assistants in killing otters in the ponds and the rivers of their "patrons".