Dandie Dinmont Standard


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Canada is the only country in the world that uses the original Dandie standard. A brief history of the 3 written standards in use world wide will explain this phenomenon:

In 1876, Dandie breeders and experts from both sides of the English/Scottish border met in Melrose, Scotland to forge the original written Standard of Perfection.

The British standard remained as written, (with a small amendment changing the desired weight range from 14 – 24 pounds to 18 – 24 pounds) for about a century, until the Kennel Club (England) required that all canine breed standards conform to the same uniform written format. The original (1876) standard was thus changed during this process, and some of the more descriptive language was eliminated.

Since Britain is the “country of origin” for the breed, the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the ruling body for all of the world’s kennel clubs, (other than England, Canada and the U.S.) accepted the new British standard. (The FCI represents approximately 85 countries)

The American Kennel Club rewrote and recognizes its own written standard, which is approved only in the United States.

Thus, Canada is unique, as it is the only country in the world that recognizes and accepts the original Dandie standard. Over the years, experts have considered this one of the finest written and most eloquent and instructive of any breed standard

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada was formed in 1969 to protect, promote and perpetuate the Dandie Dinmont. It is also dedicated to ensuring that the current CKC standard … the original standard for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, is protected and preserved.

You can read more about the Canadian Kennel Club standard here.

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