When you look for a dog, if you're looking for a working dog, the Dandie can certainly fit into your plans. Like most terriers, the Dandie is good as a hunting dog. You can take him along with you and teach him how to lead the way to the birds or other prey. The completion of certification of Underground Earthdog Testing will allow him to assist you in capturing other types of prey that may make its home underground or use underground areas to hide from hunters.
You can also if you choose use your Dandie as a show dog. It is important to remember, however, that even though there is a larger version of this breed, they are not looked upon favorably in dog shows. The larger dogs are considered breed faults, and as such, it is usually only the smaller versions of this breed that are featured as show dogs. Their most common colors are mustard and pepper, although it is sometimes possible for other colors to manifest. Their calm dispositions also make them very good as show dogs, and their loyalty to their owners makes them eager to please.
For many people, the Dandie is a perfect housedog. They are small, calm, and great with children and most other animals. Though they may be gentle with children doesn't mean that they will let anyone harm anyone in the house. The Dandie has a very deep bark and as such, they are wonderful watchdogs. Some of them do not take very well to strangers, so you will need to train your dog to stop barking on your command. On the other hand, some of them will eye a stranger and lie back down after you let them in, with the assumption that everything is fine. Although they are not prone to attacking unprovoked and would prefer to leave things alone, they will defend themselves and their owners from danger or aggression whenever necessary.
Whether you choose to use your Dandie as a housedog, show dog, or working dog, you have to remember they are very affectionate and loyal dogs. During their training, you don't want to use reprimand them for negative behavior but reward them for positive behavior in order to achieve more success in training your dog. This breed does not respond well to negativity because of their highly affectionate nature. They demand a lot of attention but are also highly loyal and loving in return.
As a hunting dog, they are reliable and efficient, especially if trained as an Underground Earthdog. These trials will help him immensely as he accompanies you on your hunting trips, though more so for underground prey than birds and game animals. It will, however, teach your dog how to follow a scent until he finds it and stay with it until you remove it. A Dandie is very good with these kinds of things and will stay on task until it is complete. No matter what job your Dandie has, you can be certain he will perform perfectly.