Dandie Dinmont Terrier
(aka: Dandie, Hindlee Terrier)
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small, cute, and adorable little dog with a sweet and charming expression and a low body. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a distinctive topknot on the head, which is silky in terms of texture, and also has silky pendant ears. These dogs have a textured top coat and a silkier undercoat. The coloring of these dogs is pepper or mustard. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier reaches around 8-11 inches in height, and weights in at around 18-24 pounds.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Temperament
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an affectionate and intelligent dog, with lots of energy, plenty of love and devotion to give to his owner, and a protective streak that makes him an effective watchdog. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a very agile dog and is quick to learn and obedient with the right handling and training. He is a very independent and strong willed dog, and this makes him more suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and handling. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier loves activity and play, and is a confident, lively, and spirited little dog with plenty of personality. He can be quite possessive when it comes to his belongings such as his food and toys, but he is a courageous and friendly little dog in all.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier gets along well with children that he has been raised with, and with older, more considerate children. He also tends to get along well with strangers and will be friendly and welcoming. When properly socialized he will get along well with other pets, such as dogs and cats, but he may have a high prey drive when it comes to rodents. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier can be very stubborn and willful when he wants to be, so the owner needs to ensure that he is properly trained, and that leadership is established early on. These dogs also love to dig, so anyone that considers the garden their pride and joy should be wary.
The coat of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier will need to be brushed and combed on a twice weekly basis, and for hygiene reasons you should ensure that the hair around his bottom is kept trimmed. You should also ensure that his ear canals are clean and dry to reduce the chances of infection.
It is thought the Dandie Dinmont terrier is the descendent of the now extinct Scotch Terrier (not to be confused with the Scottish Terrier that is a completely different dog) that was something like the Yorkshire, Cairn or Silky terriers of today.
The breed was first mentioned in the 17th century as one of several breeds that showed promise as vermin control.
The modern Dandie Dinmont terriers are named for a character in a very popular Sir Walter Scott novel of the early 19th century. At that time, they were primarily being bred by British Gypsies and used for hunting rodents and, were uniquely suited to these situations where they could be confined to relatively small quarters and then let loose to hunt down rats when the caravan stopped. When dog breeding became fashionable in the mid to late 19th century, many hobbyists began keeping Dandies and they were rather popular into the 20th century.
Additionally, the breed has since been used to hunt down skunks, otters and even badger. As such, they are stupidly fearless and are known for their pluck. They continue to be used for hunting rodents, though most are now kept as companion animals. There are very few of these dogs remaining and are considered endangered in Great Britain.
Dandie Dinmonts are not particularly interested in your training regimen, so it is vitally important that you are firm, consistent, and make training sessions fun for your Dandie Pup. They love to run around and play-the less they think you're trying to get one over on them, the easier it will be.
Dandies are intelligent, but just intelligent enough to not follow orders blindly. It's not that they won't take training; they just may not trust your judgment. Therefore, it is vitally important that you use positive re-enforcement to assert your position as the alpha. Punitive measures are best kept to a minimum and should be gentle admonishments. Unless you've just caught your dog in the act, there's no point in shouting at them about something they may have done hours ago.
Housebreaking is the most important aspect of training to most new owners of Dandie pups. The trick is to constantly be around when they are small and not allow them access to areas where they can make a mess in the house and you'll never notice it.
Many people have great success with crate training. This will allow your pup the opportunity to have some quiet time in a space he or she can consider his or her own, as well as an opportunity for early housebreaking success that you can work on.
Many terriers and other dogs that were bred to hunt small underground creatures are now being trained up for Earth Dog trials. In these trials, your Dandie will go down a false warren and go after caged animals such as rats or mice. The competitions are not subjectively judged-either they pass on to the next level or not-there are no scores awarded. This can be a wonderful sort of fun training for your dog to get used to your commands with.
Don't give up on your Dandie's training, even if they just don't seem to be getting it. They wouldn't give up on you.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a life expectancy of around 12-15 years. A number of health problems and disorder are linked to this breed, and this includes spinal problems, luxating patella, thyroid problems, glaucoma, epilepsy, and elbow problems. The parents of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.