New ebook alleges that Greyfriars Bobby was actually a Dandie Dinmont Terrier

A NEW BOOK alleges that Scotland’s most well-known canine has been misrepresented for over a century.

Greyfriars Bobby, famed companion of Jock Grey has lengthy been considered a Skye Terrier nonetheless the brand new ebook suggests he was really a Dandie Dinmont Terrier.

Two Crufts judges who’ve been researching the breed of the famed pooch are Mike Macbeth from Canada and Paul Keevil from England and have been engaged on the ebook since 2020.

They imagine that as a result of immense recognition of the Dandie Dinmont in Scotland on the time and the actual fact there have been over fifty breeders in Edinburgh on the time of Bobby’s life, he would have been certainly one of them.

Greyfriars Bobby has a statue close to to the kirk the place Jock Grey is laid to relaxation. Credit score: Jamie Wheeler on Unsplash

The breed was developed within the Borders whereas Skye terriers tended to be confined to the Isle of Skye, 255 miles away with out the advantage of a bridge or motorway.

All of the early newspaper articles and sightings by no means recommend Bobby was a Skye terrier.

In actual fact, he was virtually all the time known as a “Scotch Terrier”, a time period used colloquially to explain the Dandie.

Talking at this time, Mike Macbeth, president of the Canadian Dandie Dinmont Terrier Membership mentioned: “There have been so many competing tales about Greyfriar’s Bobby that the reality has light just like the mist on an Edinburgh morning. 

“However the extra I researched him for our ebook “The Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the True Story of Scotland’s Forgotten Breed”, the details led to just one conclusion: that Greyfriar’s Bobby needed to be a Dandie Dinmont Terrier.”

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