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The Loveable Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are a compact companion which makes them perfect for any size home. They have a big bark for their size and make great watchdogs. They are a great combination of a playful terrier and a docile lap dog.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier At a Glance

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Dandie Dinmont Terrier At a Glance

  • Size: 8"-11", 18-24 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Energy Level: medium
  • Coat: Rough outer coat with a soft undercoat
  • Shedding: light
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Dog Group: Terrier
  • Common Nicknames: Dandle, Hindlee Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    Dandie Dinmont Terriers build strong bonds with their family, typically with one member especially. They are very loving, but should be trained early to avoid the stubbornness that comes with some terriers. They are calm for a terrier, and are equally happy relaxing at home as they are playing in the yard.

  • Health

    Dandie Dinmont Terriers could be prone to glaucoma, cheyletiella jasguri mites, spinal problems, or epilepsy, but are generally a healthy breed.

  • Activity Level

    Dandies require at least a half hour of exercise twice a day. A brisk walk or chasing a ball in the yard should do the trick. They were bred to hunt, so they should be kept on a leash to prevent them from chasing a scent. They make great apartment dogs as long as their exercise needs are met daily.

  • Grooming

    Just because they don't shed doesn't mean the Dandie Dinmont Terrier requires no grooming. They need to be stripped of dead hair every three to six months. They make special brushes to help with this process. They should also be brushed daily to avoid matting.

  • Shedding

    The Dandie's double coat doesn't shed much, making them a hypoallegetic breed.

  • Appearance

    Dandie Dinmont Terriers are short with an elongated body. Their silky coat forms a signature top knot on their head, and comes in pepper or mustard colorings. Unlike most terriers they have long, hanging ears that feather out to a point.

  • History

    Dandie Dinmont Terriers were developed in the 18th century to dispatch otters and badgers in the Cheviot Hills of England and Scotland. These terriers received their name from an 1815 novel by Sir Walkter Scott. The Dandie was owned by several notable royals in the 19th century, such as Louis Philippe, the French King.