The Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Description:

Unlike the other Terriers, the Dandie Dinmont is shaped a little differently. It’s a little curvy with a long scimitar tail. Don’t mistake its appearance to reflect on its nature. It’s just as lively as the other terriers and needs to receive plenty of exercise if you would like to preserve the sanctity of your home. Since the Dandie Dinmonts are essentially hunting dogs, they do have a tendency to chase down smaller animals. So while taking them on walks, it’s advised that you keep them on a leash.

While they otherwise are very sociable and polite dogs, the Dinmonts don’t adapt well to a second pet in the house, unless they’re raised with it from puppyhood. Considering that they’re difficult to train, they make excellent watch dogs. The strong bond that they develop with the family leads them to be quite protective and instinctively bark when they sense danger.

The Dandie Dinmonts do love to bark more than necessary, but this can be controlled through training. While training a Dinmont, you must exercise abundant patience and conceal any aggressive talk or behavior as they don’t respond well to being talked down or rough handling. They also prefer to be around older children as opposed to toddlers or young children.

 

Appearance:

Average Height-

 

Identifying Features-

 

Average Weight-

16-30 lbs

 

Care & Health:

– Major concerns: intervertebral disc disease

– Minor concerns: shoulder and elbow luxation

– Occasionally seen: patellar luxation, otitis externa

– Suggested tests: (elbow)

– Life span: 11-13 years

– Grooming: Dandie Dinmont’s require an occasional brushing since they don’t shed all that much. The coat does need to be clipped short though, every few months, along with removing all the dead fur.

 

History:

The Cheviot Hills is where the Dandie Dinmont originated from and said to have been named after a character in Sir Walter Scott’s novel. They are extremely proficient in hunting vermin, rabbit and otter.

The dog’s small size and big personality made it a natural choice for bringing to America, and the dogs earned their stay during many-a-trans-Atlantic voyages by killing rats and entertaining the crew. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1886, just two years after the club itself was founded. In 2007, their AKC ranking was 148 from 157 breeds.

 

 

 

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