Basics of Dog Breed: Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Posted on December 04 2018

Basics of Dog Breed: Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Race history

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed is of very ancient origin . It was developed in the Borders region of southern Scotland, particularly for rabbits, otters and various other pests . The notoriety of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier really began after the publication, in 1815, of Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering. The work tells the story of a farmer with 6 Terriers.

It is therefore with reference to this novel that the race was named so a few years later. Today, the population of Dandie-Dinmont Terrier remains quite low, with a relatively small number of annual births . The Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) on May 12, 1955.

Physical characteristics

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small dog with a long, slumped body. The looks of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier are stilted, steep and bouncy, but its strides are quite flexible and unobstructed.

Its hair: double, the hair cover, rather hard and almost rough texture, being associated with a much softer undercoat. Spread all over the body in tassels, with bangs filling the lower limbs.
Its color: pepper (ranging from dark to dark blue to light silver gray) or mustard (ranging from reddish brown to pale fawn).
Its head : characteristic of the breed. Strong and strong construction, but proportionate to the rest of the body. Covered with a silky hair. The skull is wide and is gradually decreasing in width towards the eyes. The forehead is curved and the black truffle. The cheeks gradually tapering towards the snout. The latter is loud and strong. The jaws are strong and articulated in scissors.
Its ears: drooping, well spread, tied back and low enough. Wide at their base, they taper almost in peak.
Its eyes: well spread, low, large, well rounded shape, dark hazel color, displaying an expression at once lively, wise and intelligent.
Its body :elongated, strong and supple. The neck is well developed and very muscular, well inserted in the shoulders. The back is low at the shoulder and slightly curved. The kidney is arched and well muscled. The chest is well developed and well down, the ribs curved and round.
Its tail: strong at its base and about ten centimeters (the total length is only 20 to 25 cm), then tapering towards its end. Never twisted or curled, but curved like a scimitar. Reach cheerfully, slightly above the body.

Behavior with others

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has all the moral qualities of the burrow . At work, he is full of energy and determination. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier a hard-working and intelligent worker , who also displays an independent and loving temperament .

Education ...

Because it has a strong side , the Dandie Dinmont Terrier needs to be taken in hand from an early age , with a strong education and socialization of quality. It must not, however, suffer any form of brutality.

Living conditions

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier fits all living environments , including apartments, but frequent climbing stairs can be a problem for this dog.


Rustic and robust, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is quite well protected against the rigors of the climate thanks to its double coat. Nevertheless, there are predispositions to certain diseases in this breed, including the following: hyperadrenocorticism or Cushing's disease (overproduction of cortisol), hip dysplasia, herniated disc, dislocation of the patella and difficult calving in the female (sometimes requiring a caesarean section) ...

Maintenance and hygiene

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is subject to a moderate moult with hair loss fairly easy to manage if the dog is maintained regularly.

Outputs ...

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier- has need regular activity , with daily output allowing it to spend, but it should not be overstretched to preserve his joints and back.

Hygiene ...

It is recommended to brush the dog every week . During the moult, the brushings are to be carried out several times a week (2 to 3 times), even daily. A regular grooming (3 or 4 times a year), with hair removal may be necessary.

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