BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION
Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.
* The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.
8-11 inches (20-28 cm) at the top of the shoulder
18-24 lbs. (8-11 kg)
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is one of the oldest breeds of Terrier. Originating from the border country of England and Scotland, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier of the 18th century was pure and true to type long before it had a name. There is little difference between today's Dandie Dinmonts and the one seen in Gainsborough's 1770 portrait of the Henry, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch.
He was the first breed of Terrier to be given a distinctive name. The Dandie was used in the development of many other breeds. As more and more different types of Terriers were developed, the Dandie's popularity diminished and was all but forgotten.
The Dandie Dinmont is generally healthy, long-lived, non-shedding, hardy, calm, serene, and devoted, making him an ideal house companion. His courage and loud, deep bark makes him an ideal watch dog as well.
The Dandie's coat is a mixture of hard and soft hair giving a crisp feeling when touched. On the underpart of the body, the coat is lighter in colour and softer. Colour is either pepper or mustard, with pepper ranging from dark bluish black to a light silvery grey, and the mustard varies from a reddish brown to a pale fawn with a creamy white head.
If you are considering the adoption of a Dandie Dinmont Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- Health and Nutrition Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- CKC Breed Standard
- AKC Breed Standard
- UKC Breed Standard
- The Kennel Club (U.K.) Breed Standard
- FCI Standard No. 168
- Grooming This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
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- Clubs, Sports & Activities For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
- Working Dogs The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.