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|Country of Origin||Great Britain|
|Type of coat||Soft, linty undercoat and harder topcoat, not wiry and feeling crisp to the hand.|
|Grooming||Regular grooming with a pin brush three times a week. Loose hair if left will soon mat.|
|Average height||8 - 11 inches|
|Average weight||18 - 24 lbs.|
|Activity level||High, he is happiest when busy.|
|Watchdog||Medium, announces visitors but does not become aggressive.|
|Intelligence||Smart, but not always obedient. He excels in obedience, tracking and agility.|
|Trainability||Training of the young should be sympathetic, never harsh as he is a sensitive dog.|
|Compatibility with children||Yes, get along well with children who are older than 10.|
|Ideal home environment||Apartment is ok, home with a backyard|
|Ideal owner||Lots of human companionship.|
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An enigmatic fellow who requires a special owner as he is loving and stubborn at the same time. He is a playful and intelligent companion who deep down inside has a true terrier spirit and when aroused the Dandie can be a veritable demon who will tackle a fox or other small vermin. He thrives on human companionship and should not be left alone.
His origins are from the border of England and Scotland where he claims ancestry with the Bedlington Terrier, Skye Terrier, Otterhound and English Terrier. His name is from a character in literature "Dandie Dinmont" who appeared in the 1814 novel "Guy Mannering" written by Sir Walter Scott. Developed for hunting small game like badgers and foxes. Used by poacher and gypsies he was particularly good at tracking otters.
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