5. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier, a fabulously titled breed that has a rich British history. Originally bred in the 1700s to hunt small animals, these tiny terriers were initially called mustard or pepper terriers. However, they gained their fancy name from British author Sir Walter Scott, who wrote about a farmer named Dandie Dinmont with six of these lovable rascals.
Standing a little over eleven inches in height and weighing up to just 24 pounds, these dandies are undeniably cute. Unfortunately, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is one of the rarest and most endangered purebred dogs in the world. With only 79 Dinmont puppies born in the UK in 2015, they face a perilous future. The breed’s decline is due to waning popularity, as designer dogs and crossbreeds steal the spotlight.