Dandie Dinmont Terrier (Terrier Group)
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the perfect house pet for people of all ages. Dandies can be rough and tough when playing around, yet will pour on the love and affection to its owners. They are a loyal companion, devoted to the family, and independent in personality.
These terriers are also very friendly when it comes to other dogs and pets. They are overly playful and always on the lookout for new friends. However, if a stranger approaches the house without the owners around, you can expect the Dandie Dinmont Terrier to bark incessantly to ward off the intruder, making them an excellent watchdog.
A Brief History Of The Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Noted as being one of the most unusual looking members of the Terrier Group, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier has its roots from an area that bordered Scotland and England. They were first seen as unique-looking, service dogs which have been around since the 1700s. Farmers used them to help hunt and kill small animals such as otter, fox, and badgers.
These dogs went by several names before being coined as the Dandie. At one point they were called Mustard Terriers, Hindlee Terriers, or Pepper Terriers. The Catcleugh Terrier was another popular name for the dog. Many of these terriers were owned by a man named James Davidson.
It is said that Davidson’s dogs were used as models for the Dandie Dinmont characters used in a book titled “Guy Mannering”, written by Sir Walter Scott (the book was published in 1914). And of course, these dogs became known as the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, recognized as their own breed in 1873. Today they can still be found in happy homes around the world but not nearly as popular as other members of the terrier family.
Upkeep Requirements For The Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Enjoying the companionship of a Dandie Dinmont Terrier means living an active lifestyle with a lot of playtime in the yard. These dogs have very high energy levels that need to be handled through daily exercise. They also love to explore and hunt for small animals around the yard.
The ideal living arrangement is to have the Dandie with full access to a safe fenced-in yard during the day while sleeping inside with the family at night. Grooming requirements call for a good brushing about twice weekly. And due to the Dandie’s coat, it requires a professional clipping and shaping about every three to four months.
The average lifespan of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is between eleven and thirteen years. There are no major Health Concerns to worry about in the breed. Minor health issues that are commonly seen include glaucoma and intervertebral disk disease. Rarely seen is cheyletiella mites. Veterinarians suggest that this breed get specifically tested for eye problems.