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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Country of OriginGreat Britain
Type of coatSoft, linty undercoat and harder topcoat, not wiry and feeling crisp to the hand.
GroomingRegular grooming with a pin brush three times a week. Loose hair if left will soon mat.
Average height8 - 11 inches
Average weight18 - 24 lbs.
Activity levelHigh, he is happiest when busy.
WatchdogMedium, announces visitors but does not become aggressive.
IntelligenceSmart, but not always obedient. He excels in obedience, tracking and agility.
TrainabilityTraining of the young should be sympathetic, never harsh as he is a sensitive dog.
Compatibility with childrenYes, get along well with children who are older than 10.
CharacterIndependent, lively
Ideal home environmentApartment is ok, home with a backyard
Ideal owner Lots of human companionship.
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Additional notes:

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.

Short History:

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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