The Dandie Dinmont Terrier originated in the border country between England and Scotland by the 1700s and shares a common heritage with other border country terriers such as the Border Terrier, Lakeland and Bedlington terriers. Dandies were essential to the survival of the inhabitants of that perilous countryside. They hunted food, dispatched vermin, protected water sources from destructive otter and provided badger and marten pelts for their owners.
The name ‘Dandie Dinmont’ is owed to Sir Walter Scott, who in 1814, wrote “Guy Mannering” a popular novel that referred to a Border farmer and his terriers; the farmer’s name was Dandie Dinmont.
Over 100 years ago the Dandie was desribed as “grave, with deep-set, melancholy eyes as of a nobleman in disguise, large visage, shaggy, indominable…”
His dignified appearance, the reserve of his demeanor and the fact that he is not a “noisy” dog belies the fact that he is a true terrier”.
The Dandie is a loyal and loving companion that fits almost any home style. He is gentle by nature, but powerful if challenged. Bred to ‘go to ground’, he is a long , low-stationed, well muscled working terrier with a curved outline, distinctive head topped with a silken topknot. The Dandie’s body is covered with a mixture of soft and hard hair that is crisp to the touch. He is either tan (mustard) or grey (pepper) in color.
CARE AND TRAINING
The best resource for care and training your new Dandie puppy is always your DDTCA Breeder. DDTCA breeders are committed to the successful placement of their puppies in forever homes. Your breeder will help you prepare your home for your new arrival, teach you how to train your pup, educate you about nutrition, grooming, exercise, health and more. Terriers often have a reputation of being strong willed and difficult to train, although this may be the case with some terriers, Dandies are a very ‘soft’ breed and learn best with a gentle, consistent trainer.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier does not shed, however grooming the Dandie can be challenging at times because his jacket is hand stripped and his top knot trimmed. Your DDTCA Breeder will mentor you as you learn to groom your dog. The DDTCA provides grooming charts and videos to help you learn just ‘click’ on the DDTCA Store tab to find the charts and videos.
TO BREED OR NOT TO BREED, THAT IS THE QUESTION
The DDTCA Breeder will sell you a puppy with a contract. The contract usually specifies if your puppy is companion-pet quality or companion-show quality. Because there are so few Dandies in existence, the gene pool must be carefully guarded in order to protect the breed from serious damage due to haphazard breeding.
An experienced DDTCA breeder should be consulted before attempting to breed a Dandie Dinmont Terrier. We highly recommend that the pet-companions be spayed or neutered as soon as your veterinarian allows, to prevent dangerous, indiscriminate or accidental breeding.
Sexually altered Dandies are not shown in conformation, but are still eligible to compete in Obedience, RallyO, Agility, Tracking, and Earth Dog.