AKC Group: Terrier
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was first referenced in the 17th century and is believed to have descended from the (now extinct) Scotch Terrier (not the Scottish Terrier). The Dandie Dinmont is named for a character in a Sir Walter Scott novel. Then, they were found alongside British Gypsies hunting rodents. Since then, Dandies have been known to hunt skunks, otters and badgers. They are a fearless and plucky bunch! Today there are few remaining Dandies, they are almost extinct in their native Great Britain.
Size: 8 to 12 inches, 18 to 25 pounds.
Color: Pepper (all shades of gray and silver), mustard (all shades of brown and fawn). Puppies are born dark and lighten as they age.
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Health problems: Spinal problems, luxating patella, thyroid problems, glaucoma, epilepsy, elbow problems.
The Dandie is a small, adorable dog with a sweet expression and a low body. Dandies have a topknot on their heads that are silky to the touch and silky “pendant” ears. They have a silky undercoat and a “textured” top coat. Dandie Dinmont Terriers are affectionate and intelligent dogs with a load of energy and plenty of love to give. They also possess a protective instinct. Dandies are agile, quick learners and obedient (when trained properly). They can be independent and strong willed, so not the best choice if a Dandie is your first dog. The Dandie loves to play and exercise. The Dandie does great with children and strangers. With youngsters, it’s easier for them if raised together. Otherwise you’ll need to show them how to be gentle. If socialized properly, they do well with other pets, namely dogs or cats. For rodent pets, it may be hard for a Dandie to overcome his hunting instincts, so don’t leave them unsupervised around one. If your Dandie isn’t properly trained, he can be stubborn and wilful. They also love to dig (they do hunt vermin).
To keep your Dandie gorgeous, brush and comb him twice a week. Trim his bottom hair as needed (for hygienic reasons). With his droopy ears, check that his ears are clean and dry. To train your Dandie, positive reinforcement is the name of the game. Shouting and punishments will not get you too far, so use rarely, if ever. House breaking will require crating unless you’re available 24/7 to watch him. Make training sessions fun. They love to run and play and will barely notice a hidden agenda if learning time happens during playtime. If it seems your Dandie isn’t getting it, don’t give up. He is smart and he does want to please. Just try a different approach.