Dandie Dinmont Terrier Personality traits and Temperament
These are very calm dogs and are nicknamed the ‘gentleman’ terrier. They are very affectionate and lively dogs. They adore their owners and love to be around them. They should not be left alone for prolonged periods. They have only moderate energy level and but needs to be walked regularly. Once that need is satisfied, he will be content to lie by your side or simply follow you around. Due to their moderate energy and minimal barking they make wonderful apartment dogs.
They are very good with children and love playing with them. Adult supervision would be necessary if the children are very young. They can be very territorial and t generally gets along with other dogs only if they have been socialised early. They are not to be trusted around cats, rabbits, hamsters, etc., as they have strong prey drives and cannot resist the temptation to chase these animals.
They are active diggers and tend to dig up the yard constantly, be wary of these little landscape artists and always provide them with their own dig areas. Whenever they are taken for walks ensure that they are on a leash, if not they will take off after anything that may interest them.
They are very suspicious of strangers and make very good watchdogs. They are always alert and will let the owners know of approaching strangers. They are not very sociable to visitors and maintain their distance. But once properly introduced they can get quite friendly.
Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding
They have a very crisp topcoat with a smooth, waterproof undercoat. They have a very unique look which has to be maintained by regular grooming. They are medium to high maintenance dogs and would require the services of a professional groomer once in a while. Their coat must be trimmed and shaped every four to six weeks. Brushing must be done at least 2-3 times weekly to prevent matting and tangling. Once in 6 months stripping of dead hairs from coat and ears must be done. They are low shedders. Baths should only be given as and when needed. Other grooming needs include dental hygiene and nail care.
Size and Characteristics
Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $1300 – $1500
Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 11 – 13 YEARS
Weight: 18–24 pounds
Height: 8–11 inches
Colors: Pepper or mustard
How to Train this dog
Training a Dandie is an exercise in patience. They can be very stubborn and show reluctance to obey commands given. Train the Dandie with firmness and lots of positive reinforcement in the form of praise, toys, and food rewards. They get bored with routine, so mixing up the training sessions are recommended. House training can be difficult so crate training is recommended.
Health Issues and Food
Diet: Can be maintained on a balanced diet of home cooked foods aor even high quality dry food. Never over indulge these dogs.
Health problems: Common conditions affecting these breeds are glaucoma, epilepsy and spinal problems. They are susceptible to mite infestation especially Cheyletiella yasguri mites. Lesions include dandruff, scaling, itching, redness of the skin and swollen areas.
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Best female and male dog names
You can name your Dandie Dinmont Terrier as Pepper or Gus if he is a male and Belle or Heidi if she is a female.
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