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Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breed Fact Sheet

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Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breed Information

Group 2: Terrier

Energy Level: Moderate

Original Function: Ground Terrier

Temperament: Independent, highly intelligent, determined, persistent, sensitive, affectionate and dignified.

Characteristics: Game, workmanlike Terrier.

Recommended for: Families, anyone

Lifespan: 14 years


Size: height at withers should be from 20.5-28cms (8" to 11"), length from withers to root of tail should not be more than twice the height, but preferably 2.5-5cm (1" to 2") less.

Weight: 8-11 kg (18-24 lbs) for dogs in good working condition. The lower weights preferred.

Colour: Pepper- dark black to light silver grey.
Mustard- reddish brown to pale fawn.

Coat: Very important feature of the breed. Hair should be about 5cms (2 ins) long.Double coat with a soft linty undercoat and a harder topcoat, not wiry but giving crisp feel to the hand.

General Appearance: Small sized long body with strong short legs. Distinctive domed shaped head with beautiful silky covering, with large, wise intelligent eyes ears that hang to the side. Medium length tail



Little is known of Dandie Dinmont Terrier's origin, but in 1814 when the publication of Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering came out, this breed became better known. In the book a character named Dandie Dinnont owned 6 of these little dogs, it was from this that the breed takes its name.
They are a little less active than many terriers; they make good house pets and companions. They are friendly, adaptable but with an independent streak. Individual dogs may bond strongly with their owner and not welcome other pets.
They do not like being left alone so are best suited to an owner who is home for most of the day. Their small size and need for company makes them well suited to older people or those in flats.

Grooming- A regular weekly brushing is required or the coat can matt because it doesn't shed like most dogs. Exhibition dogs have their coats 'stripped', which means literally removing old long hair to expose the new, coloured coat, Pet owners may prefer to clip the coat rather than strip it. Breeders also suggest trimming the hair around the dog's anus to minimise problems with faeces catching in the fur.

Exercise- they can take as much or as little regulated exercise as offered but a backyard romp each day is a recommended minimum.

Health- May be susceptible to back strain, avoid stairs. Glaucoma is an eye disease causing blindness which may be corrected surgically. Cushings syndrome is a wasting disease characterised by extreme thirst and urination, due to excess cortisol produced by the adrenal gland. It can be controlled by drugs.
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