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Small Dog Breeds

Information About The Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Breed


Although once popular as a badger and fox hunter, the Dandie Dinmont is now kept mainly as a household pet. However, they fare batter living indoors as a single pet than living with their fellows in kennels. They do, however tend to be a little suspicious of strangers, giving all their devotion to their owner. They are excellent guard dogs with a bark that should deter any burglar. The size of this dog breed may reach a height of 11 inches at the top of the shoulder. The ideal weight for a Dandie Dinmont in good condition is approximately 18 pounds.

Brief History: Most Dandies can be traced back to the late 1700s, to an individual named Piper Allan, something of a character of his day. He had two Dandie Dinmonts, called Charlie and Peachem. Also well known is James Davidson, who was renowned for his "pepper and mustard" terriers, so called because of their color. It was from Davidson that Sir Walter Scott Acquired his dogs, and indeed it was from a character in his novel called "Guy Mannering" that the breed received its name.

Feeding: The Dandie Dinmont is recommended to be fed ½ to 1 can of a branded meaty product (376g, 13.0oz size), with biscuit added in equal part by volume; or 1 ½ cupfuls of a dry, complete food mixed in proportion of 1 cup of feed to ½ cup of water.

Exercise Requirement: The Dandie Dinmont is an adaptable dog and will be happy outside moving around regardless if he is in action killing foxes, or enjoying a slow walk in the park. It would be unfair to keep this naturally active dog breed at home locked inside without the ability to move about.

Grooming: Grooming this dog is not difficult to do at all. All you need for equipment is a stiff brush and a comb. Old hairs should be removed with your finger and thumb, allowing the undercoat to come through. Incidentally, don't use a trimming knife, because this will ruin the coat. For a healthy look, brush your Dandie Dinmont daily.

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