Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

FCI Group

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier belongs to the Terriers in the FCI grouping.

AKC Group

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is classified under the Terrier group in the AKC grouping.

Is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier allowed as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?

Yes

Origin

The border region between England and Scotland.

Original Purpose

Hunter of mice, foxes, otters, and even badgers.

Behaviour and Temperament

Strong-minded, tenacious, “rough-and-tumble,” independent, affectionate, persistent.

Breed Characteristics

Likes to dig. An escape artist.

What are some Physical Features of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier?

8 to 11 in (20 to 28 cm); 18 to 21 lb (8 to 9.5 kg). The hind legs are longer than the front legs. Colors are mustard (all shades of reddish brown), pepper (all shades of blue/gray). Puppies tend to be darker than adults.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Rough coat with a silky topknot. High maintenance; brush three times a week with a pin brush. Does best with professional care and periodic stripping or plucking, especially for the show dog. Light shedding.

Life Expectancy

13 to 15 years.

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Health Concerns

Intervertebral disk disease, elbow problems.

Exercise

Moderate to high.

Housing

Can adapt to any living situation.

Sociability

Bonds to one person. Fairly good with children, especially if socialized early. Some are shy or unfriendly with strangers. Aggressive with other pets.

Trainability

Average; may try to dominate owner.

Recommended Activities

Earthdog trials, obedience.

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