Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Dignified and Captivating!
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier evolved from the rough coated terriers of the Scottish border regions. His exact lineage is not clear-cut, but it is thought that the Bedlington, Scottish and Skye terriers are among his relatives.
This Terrier originated in the seventeenth century as a hardy working dog that the farmers used for hunting otter and badger and ridding properties of vermin. His long low structure was ideally suited for the "going to ground" tasks of his working days
The Dandie breed was around for a long time before getting its unusual name, which came
from a character in a novel by Sir Walter Scott.
The Dandie Dinmont's appearance bears a strong resemblance to the Skye Terrier, with respect to his short-legged, long body and
plentiful coat. The Dandie also has a most engaging and sweet face, with large expressive eyes, and
a silky topknot upon his head. A well-cared-for Dandie can live up to fifteen years.
Dandie Dinmont Puppies
Dandie Dinmont Terrier puppies are a somewhat rare breed which makes it very important to locate a
reputable breeder if you are interested in obtaining one.
A professional breeder will be dedicated to the preservation of the breed standard, be a member of the
AKC as well as the national association for the breed. Both of these associations will be able to
direct you to reliable breeders.
Once you have done all your research on the Dandie, including reading the information on this page, prepare a
list of questions you want to ask the breeder and especially ask what health screenings they do. You may also try to
get an introduction to the parents of the puppy as this will give you an impression of their personality and
temperament. Most breeders would also have records of the puppy's genealogy.
Another important inquiry is to establish whether registration with the AKC has been completed -
bearing in mind that only puppies whose parents are AKC registered are eligible for registration witn this club.
Registration is an important requirement if you are interested in having your puppy participate in AKC events
at some future date.
This breed is mostly pretty healthy, but due to the physical characteristics of his body he is more vulnerable to back problems affecting
the spinal discs. Keeping his weight under control is advised so as not to increase this potential.
Other conditions that may affect the breed to a minor degree, include glaucoma, epilepsy and in older dogs there may be cases of hypothyroidism.
Personality and Traits
A loyal and loving dog, he still retains much of his hunting instinct, which is expressed in his
bold and confident demeanor. These traits, along with a big dog bark, also make him a good
He is more docile than other terriers around the home, but very affectionate and
does enjoy attention and companionship. He has a determined and persistent nature, but he is very bright and
amenable to training, which should be carried out in a positive, fair and consistent manner.
Appearance and Coat Care
8-11 inches Weight:
Pepper - bluish black to silvery
gray, and Mustard - reddish brown to pale fawn.
The Dandie has a double coat that is long and crisp and is a mixture of both hard and soft hairs.
Because this dog sheds little, its coat does require regular brushing to remove dead hair as well
as stripping of the coat about twice a year.
Dandies have an active heritage, even though today they are not often used as working dogs. They
are moderately active indoors, but they still like to romp outside and should be given regular
This breed is not fussy about accommodations. Will easily adapt to life in a suburban family home,
or city condo.
They have a reputation for being good with children. However, supervision of play by an adult
is always wise, as play between dogs and children can be unpredictable.
Seniors or Less Active
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an excellent companion for senior households or the more sedentary owner.
However, regular exercise is still a needed daily event.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier: A Complete and Reliable Handbook
Resource on breed history and standard,
characteristics, grooming, puppy care, housetraining, nutrition and feeding, basic training,
health care and the potential disorders that may concern this breed. Excellent color photos.
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