The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is characterized by his long, low body and "scimitar" tail, which looks like a curved sword.
There are Top 10 interesting facts about Dandie Dinmont Terrier.
Originating on the borders of Scotland in the 1700s, the Dandie Dinmont terrier is the only breed to take its name from a character in literature. The name given to this breed is from a fictional character in the novel Guy Mannering by dog-lover Sir Walter Scott. The Dandie Dinmont terrier may be closely related to the Bedlington terrier, although the dog's ancestry probably includes strains of basset hound, border terrier and Cairn terrier.
2) Bedlington Relatives
It's believed that the Dandie may have been a close relative of the Bedlington Terrier since both have the same type of ears with the light top-knot. However, the Dandie became a short-legged dog with a long body while the Bedlington became a long-legged dog with a short body. This likeness can be found during the early days of dog shows when Lord Antrim exhibited two dogs from the same litter and won a prize for one in the Dandie class and one in the Bedlington class.
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are 8 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh from 18 to 24 pounds. The length of their bodies, from the top of their shoulders to the base of their tails, should be twice their height, minus one to two inches.
Though they are not so aggressive, but they never let back if other animals drive them into fights. So unleashing the dog on daily walks is not advised. Bigger animals and other external issues may affect the dog so be careful on outdoors.
The Dandie Dinmont terrier is friendly, playful and devoted. Not a pack animal by nature, this dog will usually bond to one person, although he can fit in nicely as a member of a family. The Dandie is an alert watchdog and, while not high strung or noisy, gives a surprisingly loud bark.
The Dandie Dinmonts can adapt to any type of life that is either the rural life or the urban life. They can adapt to the apartment living when the exercise requirements are met. They love to play in small yards under proper protection. They love to dig and proper care must be taken as they dig large holes in no time. They need moderate weather conditions and too much of any type of environment cannot be tolerated.
These were originally bred as hunting dogs, used particularly in otter tracking, but are now primarily companion dogs. They were also valued as courageous guard dogs.
The coat forms a topknot on the dome shaped head of the Dandie and the drooping ears fall on the head. The Dinmont is double coated with harsh outer coat and soft under coat. The outer coat is longer with little harsh touch and the topknot is silky and soft. The Dandie comes in two coat colours namely pepper and mustard, the pepper colour comprises of dark bluish black to light silver gray colour and the mustard colour comprises of reddish brown to fawn colour.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a unique look that requires regular grooming. His coat must be scissored and shaped every four to six weeks to maintain its distinctive appearance. A professional groomer familiar with the breed can do that for you, or you can learn to trim the coat yourself.
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are healthy, but conditions that have been seen in the breed include liver shunts, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, intervertebral disc disease and glaucoma.