Breed Organization Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America Website:
http://ddtca.org Native Country Great Britain Other Names Dandie, Dandie Dinmont Terrier Life Expectancy Approximately 11-14 Years Litter Size Average 3-5 Puppies Breed Group AKC Terrier
Breed Appearance A Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small Scottish
breed of dog in the terrier family. The breed has a very long body,
short legs, and a distinctive "top-knot" of hair on the head.
Breed Description Head: Solidly built, strong. Broad
skull. Domed forehead. Deep, b muzzle. Strong jaws. Muscles covering
the foreface are particularly well developed. Ears: Set on low, hanging close to the cheeks. Length varies
between 7.6 to 10.2 cm. Color must blend with coat color. Ears are
dark in peppers and dark mustard in mustards. Eyes: Large, round, wide set. Dark hazelnut color. Body: Long and short. Very b, muscular neck. Ribs well sprung.
Topline rather low at the shoulder. Both sides of backbone are well
muscled. Tail: Rather short (20 to 26 cm) (8-10 in), fairly thick at the
root and tapering toward the tip. Carried in a curve like a
scimitar. Hair: Long, hard, giving a crisp texture. Hind legs are
feathered. Undercoat is soft, like linen. Coat: Pepper – ranging from dark bluish black to silvery gray
with legs ranging from rich tan to pale fawn.Mustard – ranging from
reddish brown to pale fawn with legs and feet of a darker shade than
the head. Size: 25 to 30 cm (9,8-11,8 in). Weight: 8 to 11 kg (17,6 to 24,3 lb).
History The first record of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier
appears in the eighteenth century. The breed was probably the result
of a cross between an old Scottish Terrier and the Bedlington
Terrier (and possibly the Otterhound). The breed gained widespread
fame in Walter Scott's 1815 Guy Mannering, in which the hero, a
farmer named Dandie Dinmont, kept a pack of Basset Terriers. The
farmer's name was given to the breed, which has been known as the
Dandie Dinmont Terrier ever since. Around 1820, a Scottish farmer
named James Davidson selectively bred the Dandie. The first Dandie
club was formed in 1875. An excellent ratter by profession, the
Dandie is a loving pet.
Behavior This robust, lively, courageous, tireless dog
has a strong personality. He is independent, tenacious, and
sometimes stubborn. He is a loving, cheerful pet. The Dandie Dinmont
hunts vermin (rodents, badger, polecat, weasel, etc.). He is also an
excellent guard dog with a loud bark. The breed is tough but usually friendly,
and are suitable for older children. It makes both a good companion and a guard dog, but are
among the most docile of the terrier breeds and are usually quite undemanding of their owners.
However they are known for their ability to dig large holes in a short space of time. They can
be trained to be good with cats, but should not be trusted around smaller animals such as
hamsters or rats. They are described as being "very game", in that they are prone to challenging
other animals including foxes, and in some cases other dogs.
Health Due to the breed's elongated body, there can be
back issues within the breed specifically with intervertebral discs
in the dog's backs. These discs can sometimes "slip" resulting in
spinal disc herniation. Any symptoms relating to this can depend
entirely on what part of the dog's back is affected, and can range
to paralysis with loss of bladder and bowel control in the worst
cases. Following work by the breed clubs to ensure that any
reoccurring health issues are dealt with, there are no especially
common conditions affecting the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. However,
minor issues affecting the breed can include hypothyroidism, primary
closed angle glaucoma and Cushing's syndrome. In order to combat
glaucoma in the breed, the breed clubs recommend that Dandies should
have a procedure called a gonioscopy conducted on them at regular
intervals throughout their lives. The Dandie is also at slightly
higher risk of canine cancer than average.
Advice The Dandie Dinmont can adapt to life as a house
dog provided he gets long daily walks. Brushing two or three times
per week is required. This breed should be professionally groomed
two times per year.