Maintaining a show-ring-ready coat requires expert grooming.
As a companion, the Dandie Dinmont is affectionate towards his family, but it would not be uncharacteristic for a Dandie to show little interest in a stranger. The breed would do well in a rural or urban setting with daily walks. The Dandie does not shed, but his coat must be stripped about twice a year and brushed daily.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
His coat is trimmed by continually plucking the longest coat out with thumb and forefinger. but his coat must be stripped about twice a year and brushed daily. Their nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper to avoid overgrowth and cracking. A bit more care should be given to cleaning around the large eyes. And the low hanging ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
As a companion, the Dandie Dinmont is affectionate towards his family, but it would not be uncharacteristic for a Dandie to show little interest in a stranger. The breed would do well in a rural or urban setting with daily walks. The young Dandie enjoys a romp in the yard and a short walk on lead. Remember Dandie puppies have short legs and are not as coordinated as they will be when they are older. Adult Dandies enjoy 30 or so minute walks once or twice a day. They are not a breed to choose if you are looking for a running partner. They are not built for that job. The Dandie must always be walked on lead. This is a breed bred to hunt vermin and should a cat or a squirrel cross its path, even the most obedient Dandie will be gone after it. It is not in the Dandie’s nature to abandon the chase until after the game is caught! With moderate exercise, the Dandie is happier and easier to live with, but they are generally a calm and pleasant house dog regardless.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like lymphoma. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Dandie Dinmont Terriers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Dandie Dinmont Terrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.