Dandie Dinmont Terrier Description
They have distinctive heads that are covered in silky, knotted hair. Their legs are short but strong. They have hazel eyes that are round and well proportioned to their heads. They have unique coats that are thick and that contain a mix of soft and harsh hair. They breed coat is only found to be two colors, pepper gray or mustard yellow.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier originated in England and Scotland. They are most likely a mix between the Scot Terrier, which is now extinct, and the Skye Terrier. They have great hunting instincts and were bred to hunt rodents and small game. Today the breed is most commonly used as a companion dog but still remains a popular choice for those who have rodent infestations.
The Dandie Dinmont is a very lively breed. They are playful and affectionate. They can be independent and willful which can make obedience training difficult at times. They are very protective of their homes and families and do not adjust well to strangers. They are wonderful with children and make great family pets. They can be aggressive with other dogs, especially the males. It is important to not have a Dandie Dinmont Terrier if you have another, non altered, male dog, in your household. They have very loud barks. They are not to be trusted around non-canine pets as they still remain fierce hunters of small game.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a healthy breed. However, hypothyroidism is very common in dogs of this breed when they are older. They are prone to back problems if they become overweight. Some dogs of this breed have been known to become afflicted with glaucoma and epilepsy, but this is not too common.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a moderately active breed. They are well-suited for apartment living. They are most active indoors. They do not require yards to play in. In fact, it is best that a Dandie Dinmont Terrier is always kept on a leash when walking them. If they are not on a leash it is very likely that they will chase after and “hunt” cats or rodents.
Special Grooming Needs
Dandie Dinmont Terriers require regular brushing. It is usually best if they are grooming by a professional. They are not heavy shedders. In fact, often, they do not shed at all, making them a good pet for people with allergies.