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Dandie Dinmont Terrier - Care and Grooming

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.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Appearance

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 Grooming

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.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Health Problems and Life Expectancy

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.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier History

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier originates from Great Britain, and was developed in the borders of England and Scotland. Ancestors to a variety of other terries, such as the Skye Terrier, this breed was developed for hunting badgers, foxes, and otters.

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