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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

DandieDinmontTerrier

A Dignified Little Dog

Friendly, confident, happy-go-lucky

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are intelligent, devoted, and affectionate, small dogs. This courageous breed is a great watchdog, but isn't very protective due to their size. Most are wary around unfamiliar dogs, but are well-mannered if properly socialized. Dandies are good with children and calm around the house, which makes them great apartment dogs. To stay in shape, these terriers should be taken on a moderate walk every day.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed's history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height: 8-11 in. Weight:18-24 lb Lifespan:12-15 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
2

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
2

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
1

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Dandie Dinmonts are suited for apartment living; they will need a daily walk and regular inside play. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and also need a fenced yard.

Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. Their coat should be stripped twice a year.

Dental: Dandie Dinmont Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

They are happy-go-lucky dogs with their family, but they can be reserved with strangers. Dandies are devoted and courageous, and they are calm when hanging around the house.

Positive Traits:

  • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

  • An excellent companion, family, or working dog

  • Good with children and other pets

  • Protective of family; good watch dog

  • Highly trainable and eager to please

  • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

Negative Traits:

  • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively

  • Has a tendency to herd, including small children

  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

Whether you are considering adding a new Dandie Dinmont Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Dandie Dinmont Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Dandie Dinmont Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important symptoms to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Dandie Dinmont Terrier could encounter:

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier originated in the hills between England and Scotland in the 1700's. They were bred for vermin hunting and otter tracking. They are known for their big-dog character in spite of their low body and fluffy head of hair. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a confident, independent, and intelligent dog. Dandies are a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-15 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Dandie Dinmont Terrier shows signs of the following:

  • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

  • Unwilling to jump, pain, hunched back, paralysis

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Care

    Routine Care: Dandie Dinmonts are suited for apartment living; they will need a daily walk and regular inside play. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and also need a fenced yard.

    Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. Their coat should be stripped twice a year.

    Dental: Dandie Dinmont Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    They are happy-go-lucky dogs with their family, but they can be reserved with strangers. Dandies are devoted and courageous, and they are calm when hanging around the house.

    Positive Traits:

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • An excellent companion, family, or working dog

    • Good with children and other pets

    • Protective of family; good watch dog

    • Highly trainable and eager to please

    • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively

    • Has a tendency to herd, including small children

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Dandie Dinmont Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Dandie Dinmont Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Dandie Dinmont Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important symptoms to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Dandie Dinmont Terrier could encounter:

  • History

    The Dandie Dinmont Terrier originated in the hills between England and Scotland in the 1700's. They were bred for vermin hunting and otter tracking. They are known for their big-dog character in spite of their low body and fluffy head of hair. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a confident, independent, and intelligent dog. Dandies are a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-15 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Dandie Dinmont Terrier shows signs of the following:

    • Drinks and urinates more, eats more, potbelly, poor haircoat

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Unwilling to jump, pain, hunched back, paralysis

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Swollen lymph nodes or glands, unexplained weight loss

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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