Dandie Dinmont Terrier
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier originates from the Scottish Borders and was given its name by Sir Walter Scot who called it after a character in his book Guy Mannering.
The Dandie is best described as a medium sized dog with short legs! The Dandie is a very loyal dog with a great character and in general is good with other dogs and children, they can be somewhat over vocal at times and seem to have amazing hearing! There is a 'softness' and sensitivity about a Dandie not found in other terriers which makes them a bit different. Dandies, as with most dogs, benefit from correct training and should not be 'spoiled' as they have the ability to take over and rule the roost in inexperienced hands.
On inspection the Dandie has an odd body configuration, his front legs are shorter than his hind ones, they are generally well muscled. A Dandies jaw shape is not unlike the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, but with an unusual 'bite' and slightly 'flared' canines, for those not familiar with the breed it can often be mistaken for a 'bad' mouth. The front paws of the Dandie are quite huge with big pads while the hind ones are normal.
The Dandie has a 'double' coat which means he has a soft undercoat and a wiry top coat, to produce a Dandie for show is indeed a challenge in itself as the preferred trimming is quite involved. The undercoat should be gently hand stripped to remove some, not all, and the top darker wiry coat should be taken out at regular intervals so there is always some coming through. This gives a lovely 'pencilling' effect. The face should be trimmed along the nose and around the eye corners to keep the eye clear of hair and show of the beautiful 'liquid' eye of the Dandie - one of its most endearing features. Ears are partially stripped leaving a 'tassle' at the bottom.
Regarding health the Dandie is generally a healthy breed and although a long backed dog the spine has a curve making this breed much more supple and athletic than the flat backed breeds making it less likely to have back problems. It is advised to have Dandies eye tested as they can develop glaucoma, any Dandie showing signs of this problem should be taken out of the breeding program as this painful condition is hereditary.