Origin and characteristics

There are records of Dandie Dinmont Terriers being bred in the early 1700s. Some think they were a cross between Otterhounds and local terriers in the Border Country between Scotland and England. Others think the breed evolved from the rough-haired terriers common on farms. Yet others believe the breed was developed by crossing terriers with Dachshunds. Dandie Dinmonts became very popular in England in the late 19th century

Today the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is one of the rarest and most endangered of all purebred dogs. The Kennel Club in England has put it on their list of endangered native breeds and many fear that it will become extinct. Because of their unusual looks and small size, they could be targets for dog thieves. Although Dandies do well outdoors, they should be kept in your house when you can’t supervise them.

They are independent, easy-going and affectionate and give plenty of love to their owners. They don’t appreciate being left alone for longer periods of time. Dandies typically get along well with children and other pets, so long as they are brought up with them or exposed to them in puppyhood

They are very intelligent and typically are bold in defending their territory and family, but reserved with strangers, hence they make good watchdogs.

Training them might be a little challenging as they get bored quickly with repetitive tasks.

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier’s small size and moderate exercise needs make them well suited to both city and country homes. Two 20-30-minute walks daily will keep them happy. Like all terriers, they like digging, so they need supervision during outdoor time.  If your Dandie Dinmont Terrier becomes overweight, he can develop back problems, so his food intake needs to be monitored.

  • Lifespan: 12-15 Years

  • Size: 20 – 28 cm

  • Weight: 8-11 kg

  • Breed group: terrier

  • Coat: double layered

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

Dandie Dinmont Terriers have a crisp topcoat that covers a soft, downy, waterproof undercoat. The topcoat, which is about 2 inches long, gets its crisp texture from the mixture of two-thirds hard hair with one-third soft hair. The topknot is very soft silky hair.

Although Dandies look very natural, they have medium- to high-maintenance coats. Even though they shed very little, Dandies need to be brushed two or three times a week to remove dead hair and prevent matting.

Part of their grooming involves plucking dead hair from the coat once or twice a year. The hard hairs are stripped out to encourage new hair to grow. Most pet owners find a good professional groomer to strip their Dandie’s coats.

How to manage shedding?

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a unique look that requires regular grooming. His coat must be scissored and shaped every four to six weeks to maintain its distinctive appearance, but it doesn’t shed much. At home, he need to be brushing several times a week with a soft slicker brush to prevent or remove mats and tangles.

It is important to begin grooming the Dandie when he is very young — this early introduction teaches him to accept the handling and fuss of grooming patiently. 

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