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Dandie Dinmont Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Dandie Dinmont Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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Dandie Dinmont Terrier
OriginScotland
Other Names
What other names does the Dandie Dinmont Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Dandie, Hindlee Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Dandie Dinmont Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Is Dandie Dinmont Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubClub Espanol De Terriers
Price
How much does the Dandie Dinmont Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Dandie Dinmont Terrier price:
$1400-$1600
If you choose to purchase the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Dandie Dinmont Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Dandie Dinmont Terrier gets to a happy place.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier History

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier’s origins can be traced back to the early 18th century, to the Cheviot Hills between England and Scotland. However, stories about how the breed was developed are very conflicting. Yet the certain thing is that the breed was believed to be especially good at dispatching four-legged prey, including poachers, badger, rabbit, weasel, otters, and other vermin.

According to some scientists, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the result of cross-breeding the Otterhound with some local terrier breeds, from the Border Country between Scotland and England. Other sources state that the Dandie Dinmont Terrie evolved from the rough-coated terriers commonly found on farms. The third story about the breed’s initial development believes that the breed emerged after crossing the Dachshund with some local terrier breeds.

Whichever theory is true, it has proven to be true that the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the oldest distinct terrier breed, which now exists. Contrary to many other terrier breeds, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier did not change much since it was first developed during the early 1700s. The breed we know today resembles a high extent, to the one which was depicted in Gainsborough's 1770 portrait of Henry, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch, even though a number of other breeds have claimed that the dog presented with the Duke it actually their ancestor.

Despite the fact that the Dandie Dinmont Terrier was already long-established, the breed did not have a name, until Sir Walter Scott mentioned the breed in one of his books, Guy Mannering, which was published in 1814. Before then, all the terrier breeds were commonly called “Terrier”, they did not have any distinguishing or unique name. Sir Walter Scott, being a Dandie Dinmont Terrier owner, basically gave the breed their name. He told a story in his book about a farmer named Dandie Dinmont, who possessed multiple dogs of this breed, thus Sir Walter Scott named the breed, after this farmer. Interestingly, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier was the first terrier ever, to be given a distinctive, unique name.

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier caught the attention of 19th-century royals, like French King, Louis Philippe, who kept a couple of Dandies as part of his royal entourage. Later, in 1875, England’s first Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club was formed, and it is still in operation today, which makes this organization one of the oldest ones in the whole world. As a role of the organization, they wrote up a breed standard, which later helped the breed to get an AKC (American Kennel Club) recognition.

The AKC registered the Dandie Dinmont Terrier in 1886, at the AKC’s very first meeting, making the reed the third oldest member breed of the club. After that, during the late 19th century, the breed became especially well-known and loved in England, even Queen Victoria, being an avid dog lover, owned a couple of Dandies. Later, during the years before the Second World War, there were many famous kennels that bred the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. However, unfortunately, during the war, most of these kennels have disappeared. In some sad cases, the breeders had to put the dogs out, due to the lack of nutrition for them.

After the Second World War, some dedicated fanciers and breeders started working really hard in order to re-establish the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. One of the most famous kennels was Bellmead Kennel, they contributed to the breeding until the 1990s, and produced a specimen named Bellmead Delegate, who was a significant sire that won many shows. Nowadays, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is one of the rarest and most endangered of all the purebred dog breeds. The Kennel Club in England put the breed on their list of endangered indigenous breeds, for the sad reason that there is the real possibility for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier to become extinct.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Dandie Dinmont Terrier size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Dandie Dinmont Terrier weigh? Dandie Dinmont Terrier weight:
18-24 pounds (8-11 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier? Dandie Dinmont Terrier average weight:
21 pounds (9.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier? Dandie Dinmont Terrier height:
8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Dandie Dinmont Terrier average height:
9.5 inches (24 cm)

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Dandie Dinmont Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
SoftHard
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Dandie Dinmont Terrier's coat?
GrayWhiteSilverYellow
Grooming
How to groom the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and how often?
Average: The Dandie Dinmont Terrier requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Dandie Dinmont Terrier, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dandie? Dandie Dinmont Terrier shedding level:
Dandie Dinmont Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Dandie Dinmont Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateDeterminedIndependentIntelligentCompanionableFunnyLovingLively
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Dandie Dinmont Terrier obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Dandie Dinmont Terrier sensitivity:
Dandie Dinmont Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Dandie need? Dandie Dinmont Terrier social needs:
Dandie Dinmont Terriers need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Hindlee Terrier bark?
Low to Average: The Dandie Dinmont Terrier rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Dandie Dinmont Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Dandie Dinmont Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dandie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Dandie Dinmont Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Dandie Dinmont Terrier do?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Dandie Dinmont Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Dandie Dinmont Terrier roam?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Dandie Dinmont Terrier have high prey drive?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Dandie Dinmont Terriers are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Dandie Dinmont Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Dandie Dinmont Terrier fajta. Jó, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, így nem jelenthet gondot Dandie Dinmont Terrier tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Dandie Dinmont Terrier temperament with other people:
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Dandie Dinmont Terrier temperament with children:
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Dandie Dinmont Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Dandie Dinmont Terriers good office dogs? Do Dandie Dinmont Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Dandie Dinmont Terriers be office dogs?
No
Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dandie temperament with senior people? Are Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Dandie Dinmont Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Dandie Dinmont Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Dandie Dinmont Terrier be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Dandie Dinmont Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Dandie Dinmont Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Dandie Dinmont Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Dandie Dinmont Terrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Dandie Dinmont Terrier be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Dandie Dinmont Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Dandie Dinmont Terrier have? What is the activity level of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs require per day?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Dandie Dinmont Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Dandie Dinmont Terrier risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Dandie Dinmont Terrier's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Dandie Dinmont Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Dandie Dinmont Terrier drool?
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Dandie Dinmont Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Dandie Dinmont Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Dandie Dinmont Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Hypoallergenic: Dandie Dinmont Terriers do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Dandie Dinmont Terrier fajta.
  • Shedding Level: Dandie Dinmont Terriers shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Dandie Dinmont Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Dandie Dinmont Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Dandie Dinmont Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Dandie Dinmont Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Dandie Dinmont Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Health Issues: Dandie Dinmont Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High.
  • Office Friendly: Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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