The Dandie Dinmont terrier is another of the old Scottish terriers from before breeds were divided and recognized. The Dandie Dinmont is from the Skye line of terriers, same as Cairn terriers. Like all terriers, the Dandie Dinmont was bred to hunt; namely vermin. They were used by gypsies and became popular through Sir Walter Scott’s novel “Guy Mannering.” While this dog is odd looking due to its long body, short legs, and toupee like fur on their head, they are also friendly, lovable and loyal to their owners. They make for excellent apartment dogs as they are small enough to exercise indoors, but at the same time, they benefit from daily walks and access to a small yard.

They still retain their hunter instincts, however, so they don’t do well off leash in unsafe areas since they’ll go after anything small and move like cats. They can also be fierce and don’t do well with children since they consider children ‘beneath’ them and won’t put up with having their food or toys encroached upon. This means that if you want to be sure of having a good pet, you have to start training consistently and early on.

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Stay Consistent With your Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandies are smart, independent, and fierce, a combination that makes them perfect for hunting, guarding, and other activities. However, this can also make them difficult to train as they demand that you prove yourself to them before they’ll obey. They are also smart enough to know when you don’t mean what you say, so stay consistent or you could end up with a demanding dog that thinks it’s king of the castle. However, with good training and care, you’ll have a loyal companion for years.

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How To Groom a Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont terriers are small terriers which originate between England and Scotland and are probably related to the extinct Scotch Terrier. They were originally used by farmers to hunt vermin and became a favorite of gypsies and the very wealthy. They have a weasel like a body, but a broad head and topknots over their feet.

Although their temperament makes them suitable for even novice owners, their coats are very unique and require special care and even more care must be taken if you’re going to show this dog because they have a very distinctive appearance and shape.

How To Groom a Dandie Dinmont Terrier

How To Groom a Dandie Dinmont Terrier (commons.wikimedia.org)

Brushing Your Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Every day, you’ll have to brush a Dandie Dinmont Terrier’s coat with a sticker brush, a pin brush, and a bristle brush. This is because this terrier has a very soft overcoat and a softish undercoat, both of which need to be carefully brushed and have the dead hairs pulled from them. With regular care, this breed of dog hardly sheds at all, so if you want to keep from having fur all over the place, regular brushing is a must.

Plucking and Hand Stripping

A couple times a year, a Dandie Dinmont Terrier has to be plucked and hand stripped, either by a groomer, or you can do it yourself. It’s very important with this breed to have a professional do it at least once so you can see how it’s done. This is because of that this breed of terrier has a very distinctive shape and appearance, which can only be seen through careful stripping and plucking. You should let a professional do it first to see how it’s done before attempting to do it yourself. Every couple of months you’ll have to trim your Dandie Dinmont Terrier with thinning shears and a #4 or #5 blade to get rid of clumps of matted hair and to clean up your Dandie Dinmont Terrier’s appearance, especially along the back and sides to maintain the ‘weasel-like’ appearance; that is, the long appearance of this particular terrier. A #10 and #15 blade is used for the stomach and feet because this fur is much softer.

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a Great Companion

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a Great Companion

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a Great Companion (commons.wikimedia.org)

Dandie Dinmont Terriers don’t need a lot of bathing; you’ll mostly just have to wash yours if it gets into something smelly. Use dog shampoo and lots of patience and make sure to rinse out shampoo carefully as dried shampoo is itchy. Dandie Dinmont Terriers make great companions as they do well even in apartments where they can’t get a lot of exercises. However, they do have particular grooming needs so be certain to either have a groomer you trust or that you learn how to do it yourself so that your terrier looks great all the time.