Named after a fictional character, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is small in size with a unique appearance. Find out more about the hunting “gentleman” as you read on!
Dandie Dinmont Terrier: The Terrier Family Gentleman
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier, called as the “gentleman” of the terrier, was originally bred to hunt otters and badgers. Unlike the other terriers, it doesn’t have a macho-looking posture. It is less popular than other dogs from the terrier family but is still fairly known among fanciers. In 1886 it was officially recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club). Over the years, this pooch became famous because of the book of Sir Walter Scott, Guy Mannering — published in 1814. There came a time when it was called Catcleugh, Pepper and Mustard, and Hindlee terriers.
What does a Dandie Dinmont Terrier look like?
The Dandie is a low-to-the-ground dog with a long body and a big head. It has a distinctively soft and silky “top-knot” hair. Dandies are double-coated — its topcoat is crisp while the undercoat is soft and waterproof. It comes in two distinctive coat colors, pepper, and mustard. This pooch may weigh 18 to 24 pounds and grow around 8 to 11 inches tall.
What is a Dandie Dinmont Terrier like?
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a confident dog and is a determined watchdog. They are prone to have a “small dog syndrome” where the dog believes it is more dominant than its owners and thinks they own them.
Just like other terriers, Dandies are intelligent, confident and independent. However, they are not as high-strung as most terriers are. Dandies are reserved especially with strangers but loving and affectionate to the people they know.
What is the origin of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier?
The Dandie was first found in the 18th century at the border of England and Scotland. They were owned by gypsies and farmers then and were used to hunt otters, foxes, and badgers. A letter from James Davidson (a farmer and tenant of Hindlee Farm) claimed that the breed came from two of his dogs named Tarr and Pepper.
What are the possible health concerns of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier?
Since it has an elongated body, the Dandie should not be overfed or it might develop some back problems. They can be prone to Glaucoma and Epilepsy and may develop Hyperthyroidism as it gets older. According to Dogtime, they are most prone to these health issues: Glaucoma, Spinal problems, Cheyletiella yasguri mites, and Epilepsy.
How much do Dandie Dinmont Terrier puppies cost?
Dandie Dinmont Terrier puppies can cost from US $1,000 to US $2,500. Prices may vary depending on the bloodline, as well as the location and living conditions of the puppies. Make sure to get one from a reputable breeder.
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The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an adaptive pooch and may live in a country or city area. Make sure you give it the proper training to avoid the “Small Dog Syndrome”. If you want a reserved and loving fido in your home, this might be the one for you!
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