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The Dandie Dinmont Terrier, a short-legged terrier dog

This short-legged terrier is a very tenacious hunting dog that also plays a wonderful role as a companion dog. Sometimes calm, sometimes feisty, one thing is certain: the Dandie Dinmont Terrier knows how to make himself respected despite his small size.

Characteristics of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a short-legged terrier that has the silhouette of a basset hound due to its long body and slightly curved back. It is small in size, measuring between 20 and 28 cm at the withers and weighing between 8 and 11 kg. It is easily recognized by its head with a tuft of hair. The skull is wide and tapers down to the eyes. The animal has a bulging forehead, a black nose and a triangular muzzle that highlights round and lively eyes. The eyes are wide apart, have an intense hazel color and are large without being bulging. The ears are set back and drooping. They are also well spread out between them. As for its coat, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a rather harsh and rough coat on top and a softer undercoat. The coat is pepper or mustard. The dog has a creamy white or silvery white topcoat.

History of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier appeared in Scotland around the 18th century. This breed belonging to the Terrier family was bred by the nomadic people of the Borders region and is believed to be a cross between the Otterhound and the Terriers. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was very popular in tracking pests, which it pursues into their burrows. Weasels, rabbits, rats and other weasels are among its favorite prey. Small anecdote: this dog owes its name to a famous character in Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering. The book appeared in 1814 and tells the story of a Dandie called Dinmont who bred dogs resembling the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Today, the breed is rare and confidential so it is subject to theft.

Living conditions and behavior of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a lively, good-natured and relatively independent breed. It is a good family dog, friendly and playful, which makes the happiness of children. It is possible to envisage a cohabitation with other animals, but beware of the fights, because in spite of its small size, this dog is not afraid to measure itself with bigger than him. He needs a firm education from his youngest age, because he tends to make the strong head and to test the limits of his master. The advantage of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is that it can live in the city or in the country. It is a good watchdog to give the alarm.

Diet and main health problems of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The health of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is to be monitored because of the possible appearance of diseases such as luxation of the kneecap, herniated disc, hip dysplasia or hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's disease). It is advisable to take out a health insurance policy for dogs that reimburses veterinary expenses.