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Dandie Dinmont Terrier Temperament,

 Today, the Dandie Dinmont is most likely to be seen as a companion dog, but having lost much of its early popularity is now sadly a breed in decline. They are becoming increasingly rare to the point of extinction in their native country.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Temperament

Contrary to their name Dandies tend to be feisty little dogs with a love of the rough-and-tumble The Dandie Dinmont temperament is such that it makes a very good companion dog for most small houses and apartments since they're little, don't shed and aren't "yappy." They are loving and affectionate and will bond closely with family members.

Training: An intelligent breed with an independent streak, they can be wilful and training can be tricky because they are unlikely to be as keen to be trained as you are!

It is vitally important that you are firm, consistent, and make training sessions fun  for your Dandie Dinmont  Pup. They love to run around and play, the less they think you're trying to get one over on them, the easier it will be.

Dandies stand their ground if pushed and will take on the toughest opponent whether that is a critter cornered  in a burrow, a stranger or rival dog regardless of the size so early introductions to other animals and good socialization is a must.

Children: More docile than most terrier types and if socialized properly as a puppy can be trusted with children to be affectionate and playful.  There are also many other dog breeds that are good with children

Exercise: Low. loves to play, a daily short walk is enough to keep them fit

Protection level: Courageous and easily aroused makes a very good watchdog with a deeper bark than expected can display status related aggression to gentle owners.

Grooming: Moderate to High, The Dandie Dinmont Terrier's coat is very silky in some parts and can become matted and hopelessly tangled in very short order if they're not regularly groomed. Considered to be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health: The Dandie Dinmont is by and large a fairly healthy breed though there are a few breed lines with specific health problems such as Epilepsy and Glaucoma being the most serious.  Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

  The Ideal Dandie Dinmont Terrier Owner Is experienced and strong willed, able to provide plenty of affection play and fun to focus the energies of this protective and wilful little dog.  As always if you like this breed, please do the research and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.


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Dandie Dinmont Terrier temperaments are Tenacious,Stubborn,Independent and Affectionate

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are first recorded as a distinct breed in 1700 and likely to be a direct descendent of the now extinct Scotch Terrier.  They were first bred in the rugged landscape of the Scottish border regions to hunt otter and badger, a task well suited to this tenacious and fearless scrapper.

Made Famous by the character Dandie Dinmont in Sir Walter Scott's 1814 book “Guy Mannering” this dog was very popular throughout nineteenth century Britain, especially amongst Itinerant gypsy communities who travelled the countryside as they were ideal for controlling vermin attracted to the campsite.

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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