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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are distinguished by their unique heads which have beautiful silky topknots and ear feathering. They have a double coat with the crisp-textured outer coat being a mixture of supple, linty hair and hard, course hair. The hair on the underside of the body, head and upper ears is softer than the hair on the upper part. The breed has two colors: Pepper or Mustard. The pepper colored are black and white with silver topknots and the mustard are various shades of red with cream topknots. The puppies of peppered dogs are born black and tan and mustard dogs are born with dark brown coat colors. The large, broad head is covered with the distinct topknot and a defined stop. The skull narrows towards the eyes and has a domed forehead. The large, round eyes are wide set and dark hazel in color. The pendulant ears are wide set and taper from the head to a point. The nose is black and the strong jaw has teeth that meet in a scissor-like bite. The well-developed neck should be muscular and strong connecting to the laid back shoulders. The long body should have a round and well-sprung rib cage. The short forelegs are muscular with well defined bone. The wide set hindlegs are slightly longer than the forelegs. The round feet should be well-padded. The tail should be thick at the base and tapers to a point. It should be carried in an upward curve. The front dewclaws should be removed when puppies are a few days old.

Temperament Dandie Dinmont Terriers are affectionate, fun-loving, willful, and independent. They are loyal and devoted to their families. They are good with children, including babies, as long as they are raised with them. They are sociable and generally behave well with other household pets if introduced to them while still young. Their dominance levels vary and males are sometimes more aggressive with other males. It is best not to have two intact males together.
Height, Weight Height: 8-11" ; Weight: 18-24 lbs.
Health Problems Though normally a very hardy breed, some are prone to hypothyroidism, glaucoma and epilepsy. Overweight dogs can develop back problems.
Living Conditions The Dandie does great in an apartment. They are an active breed and should always be kept on a leash as they tend to chase.
Exercise This breed is healthier if it is exercised regularly.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming The Dandie needs frequent and regular brushing. They should be professionally groomed once or twice a year. Show dogs need more grooming.
Origin During the 17th century, Dandie Dinmont Terriers were developed from the now extinct Scotch Terrier. They were used by farmers to kill vermin. In the Cheviot and Teviotdale Hills, they were used as otter and badger specialist. This breed was extremely popular with gypsies, although they were also favored by the very rich. Sir Walter Scott was so taken by the breed that he included them in his book 'Guy Mannering' which was published in 1814. The breed's name, 'Dandie Dinmont' was taken from the fictional character. The breed colors were also named after his dogs Pepper and Mustard. It is the only breed to ever be named from a work of fiction. They are recognized by both the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier