Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a very ancient breed, originated from the old Scottish terriers. Originally these dogs were used for hunting because of their perfect characteristics: speed, quick movements and reactions, compact size, etc. Despite this, the Dandy Didmont Terrier nowadays is becoming more common as a pet.
The breed was registered with the AKC in 1888 and was later recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1918. The first official standard for the breed was written in 1876 in the small Scottish village of Melrose. During the World War II many kennels were destroyed and the dogs vanished, due to lack of food. After the war some breeders started to re–establishing the breed.
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are dogs of small size, about 27 cm high and weigh on average between 8 and 10 kg. The color of their fur can be black with silver or gray shades, and brown - from red to bronze or chocolate tones. The head is large but in proportion to the dog's body. The eyes are dark, round and large with an intelligent expression. The tail and body are covered with a double coat, which helps this terrier to withstand the cold weather.
Character and behavior
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is very popular among breeders, mainly due to its nature: a very kind and gentle, ideal for a new friend. This breed easily becomes a favorite of the whole family, since it has boundless energy and mobility. Extremely loyal to his master, this gentle puppy is cute enough to be loved by everyone.
These dogs posses the typical Terrier characteristics: independence, courage and loyalty. If you already own a Dandie, you should start the education with motivation and positive methods.
Training and education
Although Dandie Dinmont Terrier is attached to his master, he is quite stubborn, so you must be patient when it comes to training. These are very intelligent dogs, so monotonous repetition of the same exercises will quickly bore them. Educate your puppy without using violent measures. Do not forget to praise him and to greet each of his progress. This will encourage him the most. Give him different tasks and you will have faster results.
Dinmont Terriers are very temperament and happy puppies. They rarely bark, but despite their small size, they will try to protect you every time they feel you are in danger.
Since for many decades the Dandie Dinmont Terriers are mainly bred for guarding and hunting, they have developed a perfect immunity to most diseases affecting the breed. However, like any other puppy it is better to check up your pet at the vet.
The average life expectancy of the breed is 11 – 13 years.
Grooming and care
Proper care of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not complicated at all. This breed is very unassuming when it comes to maintenance. The basic rule is to regularly comb the fur of your dog and of course, do not forget the daily walks.
This breed is ideal for people who lead an active lifestyle, this terrier likes frequent and entertaining walks and longer excursions outdoors.
Children and other pets
This breed is friendly and kind with older children. If you want, you can train your pet to be good with cats, but should not be trusted around small animals like rats or hamsters. They are fearless dogs and could challenge other animals, including foxes, otter and other dogs.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier was first mentioned in the book of Gerald Durrell “My family and other animals" as Dodo.
The famous Queen Victoria owned and absolutely adored a Dandie Dinmont Terrier.
In 2006, the this was one of the rarest breeds in the UK, included in the list of Vulnerable Native Breeds. Between July and September 2003 only 21 puppies were registered in the British Isles and only 75 in the USA for the same time period. Nowadays the number of registered dogs is between 150 and 200 per year and puppies for sale are quite expensive.