New Dandie Dinmont Trail to launch at Bowhill

To celebrate the heritage of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and the breeds long history with Bowhill, this Saturday will see the unveiling of a new walk at Bowhill.

The ‘Old Pepper Trail’ will be opened on Saturday 30th March by the new patron of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club, Lady Louisa Trotter, eldest daughter of the Duke of Buccleuch, just in time for the Easter holidays.

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History of the Dandie Dinmont

The Dandie Dinmont is a rare breed, on average less than a hundred puppies are born each year in theUK, but each and every one can trace its lineage back to Bowhill and a gamekeeper located at Bowhill in the 1830s, James Kerrs.

James Kers duties as head gamekeeper of Bowhill Estate included checking traps. In the late 1830’s/early 1840’s he found a Dandie Dinmont Terrier while going about this work. It is believed the dog was lost or abandoned by poachers or gypsies. At the time to be caught as a poacher was classed as a serious offence with punishment, so the dog was not claimed. Today, every Dandie Dinmont on earth can trace their pedigree (Tail Male) to the Bowhill Kennels and the Foundling ‘Old Pepper’.

The New Trail

The Old Pepper Trail takes in some beautiful scenery around Bowhill. Starting in the car park it follows part of the Bell O’ The Woods walk, around south Bowhill field, with excited lambs springing into action! The route then takes in the lower loch, with a new Dandie Dinmont bench in a picturesque viewing area. The route then ambles back up to the upper loch, past the ice house and adventure playground before making its way back to the courtyard.

Fun Facts about Dandie Dinmont’s:

  • The earliest known painting of a Dandie Dinmont Terrier is located within Bowhill House. It shows Henry 3rd Duke of Buccleuch, with a small dog by his side. It was painted by Thomas Gainsborough in 1770.
  • The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club (DDTC) is the second oldest dog breed club
  • There are two colours of Dandie Dinmont terriers – Pepper or Mustard.
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