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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Content
Life Span: 12-15 years, though some have lived to be 18.
Litter Size: 2-4 puppies with the average being 3 puppies
Group: Terrier, Terriers
Color: Pups either come in a black and silver coat (pepper) that resembles a schnauzer or a reddish yellow colour that is usually called "mustard" though not often as yellow as the name might imply.
Hair Length: Long
Size: Toy/Small
Shedding: Lite Shed
Male Height: 10-12 inches (25-30cm)
Male Weight: 20-24 pounds (9-11kg)
Female Height: 8-10 inches (20-25cm)
Female Weight: 18-22 pounds (8-10kg)
Living Area: Since Dandie Dinmont terriers are so small, they are very well-suited to apartment living. They are very likely to consider themselves one of the "pack" and are very likely to get up on furniture just as you might. Thankfully they don't shed, so there will be little trace of the transgression other than a nice warm patch on the chair they just vacated when you arrive home. Be sure they have step stools so they don't injure their long backs while jumping down. Their coats are a bit fussy and may become hopelessly matted on the head and haunches when running around in rural settings unless they'e groomed on a daily basis. On the other hand, they are ideally suited to running around in the woods all day after quarry, so any Dandie with such wide-ranging living quarters will surely be a tired and happy dog that will have no problem with a brushing whatsoever. Many people who live in such areas keep their dogs' hair cut short.

About this Breed

This dog is long and short, like a dachshund, but with the face and temperament of a terrier. Originally bred in southern Scotland, this breed has been the scourge of vermin for several hundred years while being a happy and fun loving delight for human companions. Dandies tend to be rather feisty little dogs with a love of chasing things and begging for affection from human "pack mates." They make particularly good companion animals for apartment living, since they're small, don't shed and aren't "yippy." They have relatively few congenital problems and are usually easy for most people, including children, to get along with. The coat is usually kept close on the body with the characteristic topknot of silky fur on their heads. Most pups are white or light coloured (often called mustard colouring) or dark and silver (usually called pepper by breeders and enthusiasts). The Dandie has been an official breed since the late 19th century, but likely existed in the current form for about two hundred years before, specializing in otter and badger control. They were then further refinements to the breed when they began being used as mousers by gypsy caravans. Though the breed is not one of antiquity, it has one of the oldest breed clubs. It is, in fact, the only recognized breed of dog that is named for a fictional character. Dandies are well suited to modern life, there are very few of these dogs still in existence. They've gone through a decline in popularity and are now even considered among endangered "livestock" in the UK. However, since there has been a registrar for over a hundred years, it is apparent what breeding lines are known for specific ailments. A reputable breeder should be able to give you plenty of information about your new Dandie pup's lineage.
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