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Dandie Dinmont Terrier
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a perfect physical expression of joie de vivre, jauntiness, fun-loving and expressive.  This dog with it's unique conformation, long bodied and agile combined with an unique clip greets and departs from everyone smiling.  True Terrier type means that he can be the best of dogs and the most difficult of dogs.  Certainly for those homes dedicated to rearing the Dandie Dinmont to be a delightful and charming companion, they will be rewarded, but very little is more difficult than a poorly socialized (creating a Dandie that can be fearful and aggressive) and/or overly indulged (creating a dog that is dictatorial and spoiled).

Deserves a home and family that appreciates this character in all his dimension.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 8-11 inches
Weight: 18-24 pounds Longevity: high teens
Colors: Pepper or Mustard Coat type: About 2 inches long with a mixture of soft and harsh coat giving a pleasing texture, the topknot is silky
Recognized Registries: FCI, UKC, AKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: A charming low slung dog that is clearly reminiscent of the Terrier group. Alert expression and mop top with characteristic coloring makes the dog easy to recognize.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: very good
  with Children: generally good but children should be well behaved and supervised
  with other pets: as a vermin hunter it can be questionable with cats and other smaller animals
  with dogs: generally good
Socialization requirements: moderate to high to avoid shyness
Ideal home characteristics: Appreciates their charm and curiousity, allows for plenty of exercise and has time to spend with their dog
Temperament Notes: Happy, jaunty, alert and inquisitive.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization (to build confidence and avoid shyness) and basic manners
Trainer notes: Like most Terriers, the Dandie Dinmont is a bit more independent than many breeds.  Unlike other Terriers, the Dandie Dinmont is still a VERY agreeable training partner for the trainer that appreciates a creative mind and inquisitive nature.  Keeping the training fun and happy will not only guarantee a high level of success but a great deal of mutual enjoyment for dog and trainer.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: British club formed in 1875
Country of Origin: England/Scotland
Original Function: Ground Terrier
History: Named for a character in the 1814 novel Guy Mannerings, developed in the 1700s.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, dentition issues,
Health Notes: eye problems (glaucoma), heart problems, skeletal/back problems
Health Testing: CERF,
Questions to ask Breeder:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Dandie Dinmont Terriers?
  • Why do you have Dandie Dinmont Terriers(show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Dandie Dinmont Terrier?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Dandie Dinmont?
  • How would you describe the ideal Dandie Dinmont home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Dandie Dinmont Terrier?
  • Web Sites:

    http://clubs.akc.org/ddtca/finding/rescue.htm- Dandie Dinmont Rescue

    http://www.dandiedinmontweb.com/ - Rescue and more info on Dandies

    Other Resources
    Breed standard:

    http://clubs.akc.org/ddtca/about/standard.htm - Standard for the Dandie Dinmont Terrier in the US

    Breeder Ethics:

    http://clubs.akc.org/ddtca/club/conduct.htm - Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America Code of Ethics

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