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    History & Overview

    The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was developed in the Border country between Scotland and England in the 17th century to hunt badgers, foxes, rats, and weasels. These dogs were first known as Mustard and Pepper terriers.

    Character

    Easily recognized by his distinctive head with a beautiful silky covering, with large, wise, intelligent eyes offsetting long body, the Dandie Dinmont is a perfect family companion and watchdog. Independent, highly intelligent, determined, persistent, sensitive, affectionate and dignified.

    Appearance

    The coat is an essential feature of the breed. Double coat with a soft linty undercoat and a harder topcoat, not wiry but giving crisp feel to the hand. The weatherproof coat is a mixture of coarse and soft hair. Preferred colors include pepper or mustard. Pepper ranges from dark bluish-black to light silvery gray. Profuse silvery-white “topknot”. Mustard ranges from reddish-brown to fawn. Profuse white creamy “topknot”, legs and feet of darker shade than head with some white hair on chest.

    Known Health Issues

    Although Dandies can be expected to reach 12 to 15 years of age, they leave middle age and become senior citizens at seven years of age. At this time, it is best to include a geriatric blood panel in your Dandie’s annual physical examination. Be sure to include thyroid function in the blood panel as hypothyroidism is a common ailment in older Dandies.

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