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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Quick facts

Dandie Dinmont Terrier AKC Group: Terrier
Height: Male: 10 - 12 inches, Female: 8 - 10 inches
Weight: Male: 20 - 24 pounds, Female: 18 - 22 pounds
Colors: Pepper (blue-black or silver-gray), mustard (red-brown to pale fawn)
AKC recognized in: 1886

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is one of the lowest-stationed yet most distinguished-looking dogs of the Terrier breed. Built low to the ground, this long-boded, short-legged dog has that signature silken topknot atop its head. It is just as fascinating to see that pepper-coated Dandies have a silver topknot, while mustard-coated ones have a cream topknot

Between the ears, the skull is broad ending in a muzzle which is deep and defined. Hanging and pendant, its ears are set low, wide, and close to the cheeks. Take note that the back legs are longer and more arched than the front legs, resulting in a curved topline. It is further characterized by a scimitar tail which looks more like a curved sword that tapers to a point.

Similar to the Border Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier dates back to the 1700's where it originated in the borders of Scotland and England. It is highly probable that the breed could have descended from a cross between the Skye Terrier and the extinct version of the Scotch Terrier. It was first registered in 1888 and officially recognized in 1918.

As to the unusual term "Dandie Dinmont", it is attributed to the fictional character in Sir Walter Scott's famous novel, Guy Mannering. Fancy as the name by which it goes, don't forget that this is one hardworking little fellow. Within its neat little package is a game hunter and vermin catcher. Its many talents encompass the world of rabbits, badgers, weasels, skunks, martens, otters, and all other rodents.


Dandie Dinmont Terrier Summary
Affection five paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training three paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements three paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability four paws

Named after the jovial farmer, Dandie Dinmont, the terrier can be quite as dandy. Come to know it as fun-loving, cheerful, and affectionate. Plucky and lively, it makes an enjoyable companion dog especially when you've had it from puppyhood.

Large and round, the Dandie Dinmont's dark eyes reveal a soft and wise expression. Behind this intelligent and dignified look can be a creature that’s just as smart and willful. Train these dogs properly and socialize them early to avoid that stubborn streak which appears in most dogs.

Female Dandies can be particularly snappish when provoked. Males turn out to be less bad-tempered but just as reserved and wary of strangers. But once they've bonded with a family, they will be loyal and protective of its members.

Health and Exercise

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a life expectency of between 12 and 15 years.

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is generally healthy, but may be prone to some of the following:

  • Glaucoma - This causes a pressure buildup in the eyeball. If you notice signs of squinting, rubbing, tearing, or a redness of the eye, seek veterinary care as soon as possible.
  • Epilepsy - One of a variety of seizure disorders. If your dog has a seizure lasting longer than five minutes, seek vet assistance immediately. Any seizure should have a followup visit to the vet.
  • Spinal - Due to its long back, the Dandie Dinmont can have spinal problems. Discourage your dog from jumping from high places and be careful when picking her up.

Dainty and delicate-looking as they are, Dandie Dinmonts have strong bones and sturdy muscles when well exercised. Their crisp double coat show little to no signs of shedding, yet have them groomed regularly.

As long as you walk them daily or take them to the park occasionally, they'll be amiable to city life and apartment dwelling. Better yet, have a yard where they can romp and play. Keep them on a leash outdoors since they're likely to give chase when they've sighted something interesting.

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