Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Dandie; Hindlee Terrier
The low-slung Dandie Dinmont Terrier was developed on the English/Scottish border to hunt vermin. Its long, short-legged body and willingness to dig in meant that it also proved to be good at hunting rabbits, otters, and badgers. The name comes from a character in a popular Sir Walter Scott novel who owned these terriers; indeed, the Dandie Dinmont became the first named terrier breed. (Before that, all terrier breeds were simply called terriers.)
Today, these alert terriers are mostly kept as charming pets rather than ratters. Their short legs prevent them from being as hyper as some of the more popular terriers, but they may still dig or annoy family pets if not properly trained. As with any terrier, you should know how to use positive reinforcement to get the best results from this independent-minded dog.
Appearance / health:
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a working terrier with a long body and relatively shorter legs. Its head is covered with a distinctive silky topknot. The head is large (though proportionate to the body) with a strong forehead, defined stop, and a black nose. The teeth meet in a scissors bite and are large for the size of the dog. The ears are pendant, wide near the head, and tapering almost to a point. The hazel eyes are brilliant and lively, but not protruding, with a gentle, wise expression. The tail, which gets thicker about four inches from the root before tapering, is carried with an upward curve. Its legs are short and muscular. The hind legs are somewhat longer than the forelegs and set rather wide apart, but not in an unnatural manner. The feet are round and well cushioned. Front dewclaws are removed when puppies are three or four days old.
This particular terrier needs regular brushing, preferably with a pin brush. Once or twice a year their dead hair can be plucked out. Overall the breed sheds very little.
Dandie Dinmonts need regular exercise. It does best when it can run off leash in its own yard.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is generally a healthy breed. However, some medical issues are found more commonly than others within the breed. Among those are: hypothyroidism; glaucoma and epilepsy. If a Dandie is overweight, it may contribute to back issues including intervertebral disc disease, or other joint issues.
Behavior / temperament:
Often described as lively and willful, the Dandie Dinmont is an interesting companion. They love to be with their human family and are quite intelligent and independent. Its bold personality makes it a good guard dog as well.
Although Dandie Dinmonts are known to be stubborn, they aren't difficult to train. They are sometimes inclined to disobey, but be careful not to discipline them too harshly as they won't respond to that type of training method. Don't injure their pride and lose their trust. Use reward-based training.
The breed has a bark larger than one might expect looking at its small stature.
Hill's makes great diets for your four-legged friends. They are a trusted company for not only the prescription diets but the science diets as well.
I gave Hill's Prescription diet c/d urinary care a 4 out of 5 stars for effectiveness because it is not a diet that works for every single patient. Every patient is different, therefore, not every patient will need Hills Prescription diet c/d. They may respond better to the Purina urinary diet or the Royal Canin Urinary SO diet. Veterinary medicine is all about looking at each patient individually to make sure their needs are met.
The reason for the 3.5 stars out of 5 for ease of use is due to palatability. Some dogs are just very finicky eaters. It may as simple a fix as to switch from Hill's c/d dry to Hill's c/d canned food to entice those picky canines. On the other hand, a completely different diet may need to be used. The important thing with pets that need to be on a prescription diet is to not feed any other food (table food or other dog foods). This will allow the prescription diet to work effectively and let the pet know that in order to eat they must eat the prescription diet. .
From JMalone CVT 66 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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