Thinking about purchasing an Dandie Dinmont Terrier? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Dandie Dinmont Terrier owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Dandie Dinmont Terrier and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Profile
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an enigmatic fellow who requires a special owner, as they are loving and stubborn at the same time. Dandie Dinmont Terriers are playful and intelligent companions who, deep down inside, have a true terrier spirit. When aroused, the Dandie can be a veritable demon who will tackle a fox or other small vermin. The peaceful personality denies his inner ratting instinct in his outward appearance. A Dandie Dinmont Terrier thrives on human companionship and should not be left alone. They are friendly, easygoing house dogs. They do not instigate fights, but are unafraid of them. They can be used as guard dogs, despite their size, they are willing to fight off unwelcome guests. For a terrier, this breed is quite docile, and does not retain the mentality that all things caught should be killed. They are extremely loyal, affectionate pets. Dandie Dinmonts enjoy a lot of exercise, and are content with just playing. Some are aggressive towards strange dogs, and they also like to dig, as most terriers do. They can be independent and reserved with strangers, but affable and dignified with family.
Other Names: Dandie Dinmont's Terrier
8 - 11 inches.
(from bluish black to pale silvery gray) or mustard (from reddish brown to pale
Dinmont Terriers are independent, lively, and affectionate towards their owners.
They are friendly, but not always obedient. They can be independent, and are
happiest when busy. They have quite a docile and peaceful attitude for terriers.
They are bold, unafraid, but not instigating in fights. They remain dignified,
even in play. They are very loyal, and can be used as a guard dog. Dandie Dinmont
Terriers are playful, intelligent and happy with any attention it recieves.
Watch-dog: Medium. They
announce visitors, but do not always become aggressive.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Care and
Training: Regular grooming of the Dandie Dinmont Terriers coat
should be done with a pin brush. Loose hair if left will soon mat. Long hours
of regular exercise will keep the Dandie Dinmont Terrier healthy and well adjusted.
Special attention should be paid to the soft topknot on the head. They have
a tendency to dig and crawl under fences and training should begin at a young
age to discourage this type of behavior. Training of puppies should be sympathetic,
never harsh, as they are a sensitive breed. A play session or walk every day
is good exercise for this breed.
Activity: Medium - High.
They are happiest when they are busy.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Health Issues: Intervertebral disc disease and glaucoma. Other health concerns include lens luxation.
Life Span: 11 -14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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