Dandie Dinmont

DANDIE DINMONT TERRIER

The origin

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier, like most terrier breeds originate from England, more precisely from the borderland between England and Scotland. They were bred already in the 18th Century and were called originally “Pepper and Mustard Terrier”. 1814 be published Sir Walter Scott’s novel “Guy Mannering” in which his character Dandie Dinmont has this brave pepper and mustard terriers and they are described admirably. From then on come into use the name Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Thus the dandies are the only terrier breed which have received their name from the literature.

 

The appearance

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a short legged terrier with a long low-lying body like a weasel. He has short powerful legs and a weatherproof coat with soft undercoat and a harder topcoat. His unmistakable head is strong and large, but in proportion to the dog’s size. The head is covered with silky hair and wears a impressive big silky topknot. His eyes are intelligent, large, round and full, but not protruding, with a rich dark hazel. The hanging ears are 7,5 to
10 cm long and have at the lower end an attractive light coat. The tail of the Dandie is 20 to 25 cm long, attractive down feathered and carried in a curve like a scimitar. The weight of the Dandie is 8 to 11 kg.

The character

In the breed standard of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier his character is described as follows: “independent, highly intelligent, determined, persistant, sensitive, affectionate and dignified”. The Dandie originally was bred as hound, which had to chase badgers, wild cats and other predators out of their burrow, he needed as the essential characteristics courage and fearlessness, he has survived up to now. The Dandie is often called the philosopher among

terriers, apparently because he asks for everything he does: Is it worth doing? Thus the Dandie is indeed a lively dog, but not hectic, because he is acting considered. He is a vigilant dog, not a barker, as he only barks when there is also a reason. Because of his intelligence, he is a very independent personality, which does not always what he should. And injustices he never forgets! But the Dandie is an ideal family dog. He needs his family and nothing is worse for him than to be let alone. He is loyal to his family and will be pleased with everything you do together with him. And if he then grateful looks at you with his big round eyes, then you will ask yourselves: Why I did not met this race earlier?