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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dendy Dinmont Terrier

Country of Origin:
Great Britain

Domestic dog

Pepper or mustard

Pleasant, cheerful, affectionate, loyal, talkative, guardian, loves human companionship

20-28 cm

8-11 kg

11-13 years

Other names:
Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Yes, it doesn’t bark (There are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs), but a hypoallergenic breed may have milder allergy symptoms, or no allergy at all. Read more about allergies in dogs here)

Litter size:
Average 5 puppies

The Dundee Dinmont Terrier – is the only dog breed to be named after a fictional character. Dendy Dinmont was a farmer who owned many of these dogs (as told in Walter Scott’s novel “Guy Manning”).The breed is very hard-working and fast-learning, with a strong determination and devotion to their owners.

History of the breed

The Dendy Dinmont Terrier – is a relatively long established breed. It is known that around 1600, these dogs were already being used to hunt badgers and otters. The breed originated on the border between England and Scotland, where it was quite popular, but was not known outside these countries until 1815. The current name of the breed was only given after the publication of Walter Scott’s novel – until then, the dogs were called by other names. The first Dendy Dinmont Terrier Fanciers’ Club was founded in 1875, and six years later the dogs made their first appearance at a show. The American Kennel Club (AKC) registered the first of the breed in 1888. During the Second World War, many dogs were destroyed, including the Dendy Dinmont Terrier. After the war, efforts were made to re-establish the breed, as there were only a very small number of representatives left. In 2006, the breed was named one of the rarest.

Dandy Dinmont Terrier: appearance

The Dendy Dinmont Terrier is a small dog, with a height of 20-28 cm at the withers. The weight of this breed is usually 8-11 kg (females are shorter and smaller). The length of the body is greater than the height of the dog and the head is large but proportionate to the body. The forehead is prominent and the neck is very muscular and strong. The eyes are large, dark brown and very expressive. Ears are drooping, growing almost at the end of the head, far apart. Forelegs short, held wide. Hind legs slightly longer than the forelegs, but with smaller claws than the forelegs. Tail short, thick at the base, tapering towards the rear. The tail is held above head level when in good humour. The coat of the Dendy Dinmont Terrier is double: the top layer is rather rough, the undercoat very soft. The hair covering the torso, legs and tail is close-fitting and slightly loose. The hair covering the head has a silky texture, the hair on the upper part of the tail is coarser and the hair on the lower part is softer. The Dendy Dinmont Terrier can be pepper or mustard coloured (names coined by Walter Scott).

Dandy Dinmont Terrier: character

The Dendy Dinmont Terrier is attached to all members of the family, but usually chooses one owner to whom it obeys unconditionally. This breed is very affectionate and protective of children. If your Dendy Dinmont Terrier arrives at home later than your other pets, it will get along well with them, but it will not get along well with dogs that arrive later. Although the breed is small, it doesn’t feel that way, and tends to get on with dogs it doesn’t like. The Dendy Dinmont Terrier is very cautious around strangers and is not always willing to interact.

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