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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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Origin / History The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was developed during the 17th century in the Teviotdale and Cheviot Hills, along the border of England and Scotland. This breed got its name from a fictional character-- which is Dandie Dinmont-- in the novel "Guy Mannering" by Sir Walter Scott. This breed is the only dog breed ever to have been named after a fictional character.

When exhibiting dogs suddenly became popular during the 1870s, various Dandie enthusiasts joined together to form the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club. Founded in the year 1875, this happens to be among the first pedigree breed clubs to be formed throughout the world. A year after the club was formed, breed standards were set.

The American Kennel Club bestowed recognition upon this breed in 1888 while the United Kennel Club did so in 1918. Today, there's only a small number of these dogs left and this breed is on the brink of extinction.

Appearance These dogs have short legs and long bodies. They are muscular and have sturdy physiques. On top of their large heads lie silky topknots. They have strong foreheads and black noses. Their eyes are hazel-colored and bear wise, gentle expressions. They have front dewclaws that must be removed while they are just 3 or four days old.

Colours Coats of these dogs come in either mustard or pepper colors. Mustard colors encompass shades from pale fawn to reddish brown, and dogs that have this coloring have creamy white topknots. Those that are pepper-colored can be any shade from light silvery gray to dark bluish black, and their topknots are silvery white in color.

Temperament Dogs of this breed are great companions as they are affectionate, lively, and fun-loving. However, they can be quite stubborn and this may be a challenge to novice owners. They are protective of their property and family, and they can be quite wary of strangers. They are good with children that they were raised with. There are some males that may be aggressive when it comes to dealing with other male dogs within the household. These dogs do not get along well with other household pets, although they can deal properly with cats that they have been raised with.

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Common Health Problems Dogs of this breed are great companions as they are affectionate, lively, and fun-loving. However, they can be quite stubborn and this may be a challenge to novice owners. They are protective of their property and family, and they can be quite wary of strangers. They are good with children that they were raised with. There are some males that may be aggressive when it comes to dealing with other male dogs within the household. These dogs do not get along well with other household pets, although they can deal properly with cats that they have been raised with.

Living Conditions Since these dogs can be fairly active even when indoors, they can be kept inside apartments. It would be best, though, if they have a small yard where they can play and get exercise.

Exercise Requirements Owners must make sure that they take their dogs out for walks on a daily basis. It would also be good for these dogs to play in safe open areas.

Training Requirements Training should be done while the dog is still young in order to discourage unwanted behaviors such as crawling and digging under fences. Owners must make sure that they use firm but gentle training methods as these dogs won't respond well to harsh treatment and may be reluctant to obey commands. Proper socialization should also begin at an early age to make sure that the dogs grow up to be well-mannered.

Life Expectancy These dogs lead lives that range from around 12 to 15 years.

Grooming Although these dogs shed little to no hair, their coats need to be brushed on a regular basis. Aside from that, they need to be groomed by a professional and their dead hairs must be plucked at least once a year.

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