Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a little dog with a happy face! Longer then they are tall, the Dandie has a large snout and equally large dark brown eyes with a dark rim. The top of their head is characterised with a 'topknot' of hair. Their large eyes make them adept at the puppy dog face! They also have pendant ears, low and wide on their face and sitting on their cheeks. Their tail is long and curved, just like a scimitar sword! 

Other Names
Dandie
Country of Origin
England
Colour
Comes in pepper or mustard colours.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
Both dogs and bitches should weigh between 8-11kgs.
Health
The Dandie is a healthy breed, but older dogs can have problems with hyperthyroidism. There have also been cases of glaucoma and epilepsy and overweight or under-exercised dogs are at rid of back problems.
Life Span
12 -15 years
Intelligence
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is intelligent and can be trained but it is important to remember their hunting instinct can take over sometimes and you'll need to make sure they don't run off! To get along with cats they will need early socialisation and this may also help them in wariness and barking behaviours around strangers.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

This dog can be fed dry or wet food or a mixture of both. Care must be taken to avoid overfeeding as obesity is very dangerous for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier.

Feeding Cost
$5-$10 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier will need to be walked daily and will benefit from sessions of outdoor play at the park if they do not have access to a yard.
Ailments
The Dandie is a healthy breed, but older dogs can have problems with hyperthyroidism. There have also been cases of glaucoma and epilepsy and overweight or under-exercised dogs are at rid of back problems.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier will need to be brushed regularly. Professional grooming is important and dead hair should be plucked once or twice a year. 

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
Little
The Dandie Dinmount Terrier dates back the English and Scottish border in the 1700s. They may have originated from the Skye and now extinct Scotch Terriers, a different breed from the Scottish Terrier! The Dandie was very popular among gypsies and farmers for its hunting prowess and its short legs which lent itself to hunting vermin, otter and badgers. The Dandie was immortalised in the 1814 novel 'Guy Mannering' by Sir Walter Scott and the breed can trace it's name to the character of 'Dandie Dinmont'.


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