The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small-sized Scottish breed belonging to the terrier family. Characterized by an elongated body, these dogs possess a distinctive look owing to their prominent topknot of hair on the head and a substantially unconventional ‘scimitar’ tail. Their long pendulous ears hanging close to the cheeks, bestow them with an adorable appearance.
|Other Names||Hindlee Terrier, Dandie|
|Pronunciation||Dan-dee Din-mahnt Tair-ee-uhr|
|Coat||Approximately 2- inch long crisp hair which is a combination of soft and hard hair, with a silky topcoat and soft undercoat|
|Color||Mustard and Pepper|
|Lifespan||12 to 14 years|
|Height||8 to 11 inches|
|Weight||18 to 24 pounds|
|Litter Size||Approximately 3 to 6 puppies|
|Personality Traits||Independent, friendly, affectionate, playful, intelligent, bright, docile, loyal, self-sufficient, tough, companionable|
|Good with Children/Attitude with children||Suitable for slightly older children|
|Climate Compatibility||Preferably cooler climates, owing to their double coat|
|Barking||Loud, baritone bark|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||AKNC,AKC,UKC, KC, FCI, CKC, NZKC, DRA, APRI, CET|
|Country||Border area between England and Scotland|
While the absolute genesis of the breed is difficult to zero in on, it emerged as a distinct terrier type during the 18th century. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was bred and employed by farmers in the border regions of Scotland and England during the 1700s due to their efficiency in hunting badgers and otters. It is often claimed that the breed is perhaps a cross between the Skye Terrier and the Scotch Terrier. At an earlier point in time, they were commonly known as Catcleugh or Hindlee Terrier besides their other names, Pepper or Mustard Terriers, as James Davidson, the father of the breed, liked to call them.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was first registered in 1888 with the American Kennel Club.
They suffered a major setback during the Second World War, as a number of kennels were disbanded and dogs destroyed due to the scarcity of food and manpower.
The Bellmead Kennels was one among the several kennels that took the initiative of re-developing this breed after the war, and continued doing so until the early 1900s.
This kennel bred a dog named Bellmead Delegate who went on to become a noteworthy sire and winner of many dog shows.
Currently, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier has unfortunately made it to the list of one of the endangered and rarest breeds, on the verge of becoming extinct.
Mike Macbeth, President of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada, as well as a Terrier specialist has been instrumental in fighting against the extinction of this purebred dog.
Despite its small size, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is incredibly tough, bold and brave making for a brilliant watchdog even though having a docile nature as compared to other Terriers.
It has the potential to be a good companion dog with its loyal, devoted, playful and bright personality.
These dogs can also be extremely affectionate with small children provided they are raised with them since puppyhood.
They may get along with other dogs and cats provided they are raised with them. However, owing to their natural hunting instincts, they cannot be trusted around puny creatures such as hamsters, rabbits, and guinea pigs.
Since they are small, calm dogs with a hunting, outdoorsy tendency they are suitable for a livelihood in apartments and country homes.
They are likely to develop Small Dog Syndrome wherein they become increasingly disobedient, stubborn, aggressive, and may also start to suffer from separation anxiety.
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are intelligent breeds, but if not trained right, may turn into aggressive, willful, obstinate creatures. In their case, motivation and positive reinforcements work best as they may not respond well to shouting or corporal punishment.
It is important to feed this dog quality, high- protein food that is not too high in fat. His food portions should be monitored depending on its activity level and age. He should ideally be fed with 1 to 1.5 cups of dog food a day. He may also be given lean meat.