Unlike most terriers the Dandie is curvy rather than angular. It has short legs supporting a long body, completed by a large head and large, soulful eyes.
The History Of The Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Also known as Pepper and Mustard Terriers. They originated in the border regions of England during the 1500’s and probably developed from the original Scots Terrier, which is now extinct.
In common with all terriers it was originally bred to hunt small game. This tough little farmer's working dog shot to fame in 1814 when it was featured in Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering. It’s fame and popularity was instant and found favor among high society.
This was one of the first breeds accepted in the American Kennel Club.
Description Of The Dandie Dinmont Terrier
It has pendulous unaltered ears and a long unaltered tail.
The terrier is longer than it is tall with a large, solid head is covered with a silky topknot. The legs are short and muscular. The head is in good proportion to the body, with a strong forehead, defined stop and black nose. The lage teeth meet in a scissors bite. The pendant ears are 3 to 4 inch long and wide near the head, tapering to a point. Brilliant and lively hazel eyes with a gentle and wise expression. The tail is curved upwards.
This breed averages 8 - 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs from 18 - 24 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
A mixture of hard and soft hairs feeling crisp but not harsh. The two permitted coat colors are, pepper and mustard.
The Dandie Dinmont needs to regular brushing and ideally should have professional grooming. Dead hair should be plucked a couple of times a year. Show dogs, of course, will need much more grooming. This breed sheds little to no hair.
The Dandie Dinmont is affectionate makes an ideal companion dog. They are lively, brave and somewhat willful. They are somewhat reserved with strangers and protective of their family and home.
Good with all well-behaved children and babies as long as they are raised with them from puppies. Some males can be aggressive with other male dogs in the household and as a consequence is advised not to keep two intact male dogs together. Not to be trusted with non-canine pets although it should be fine with cats that it has been raised with. Has a very loud bark for its size.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span is around 12-15 years.
Generally a healthy breed, although hypothyroidism is not unheard of in older dogs. A reported cases of glaucoma and epilepsy. overweight and under exercised dogs can suffer back problems. Stairs can be a problem for an older Dandie.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
Will be fine in an apartment and they are fairly active indoors. When walking it will take off after other dogs, cats and other animals.
Happy to adapt to fit family's circumstances and will be happy and healthier with plenty of exercise.
A great companion. Happy with apartment life but needs plenty of walks on a lead.
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