The physical hallmark of the Dundee Dinmont Terrier includes a large head with rich, silky white hair; Long, dangling ears clashed with feathers and nearly came to a point; Big, round eyes full of sparkle and expression; And a longer, shorter torso and shorter legs. The crisp body coat comes in two spicy colors: black pepper (black to gray to silky gray) and mustard (yellow froth in reddish brown).
Weighing no more than 24 pounds, the batons are vigilant and intelligent watchdogs with a large baritone bark. Dandies enjoy roaming and cuddling with children, but like some small dogs it is not overt. They are terriers, however, with distinctive willpower, independence, and courage. Dandi owners get the best results with positive, motivational training.
The terrier, known as Dandy Dinmont, made his debut in written history in about 1700. Described as a “”rough native terrier”” owned by border hunters in the Cheviot Hills between England and Scotland, the breed was said to be particularly good at sending such four-legged hunters as otters and baggers.
Sir Walter Scott, Scotland’s leading novelist, was an admirer of the breed. For his 1815 novel “”Guy Mannering””, he created a character named Dandy Dinmont, a farmer who carries a curious-looking pepper and a packet of mustard terriers. Scott is based on the fictional Dinmont of James Davidson, a real-life breeder of dogs who have kept a pack of working terriers – Old Mustard, Young Piper, Young Mustard, Little Piper, Little Mustard, and Old Piper – “”The Immortal Six”” It is still spoken with reverence by fans of Dundee. (It is said that every Dundee of today can be traced back to a dog called Old Ginger, sown by Old Ginger.)
In recognition of the exposure of the breed received from Scott, who called it the “”big little dog””, these bright-eyed, long-backed Earthdogs are known as “”Terriers of Dandy Dinmont””. They are the only AKC breed named for the fictional character.
The Dandies attracted the attention of 19th-century royalty, such as the French king Louis Philippe, who had consigned the pampered Dandies as part of his royal accession. The Dundee Dunmont Terrier Club of England, established in 1875, is still one of the oldest breed clubs in the world. Dandi entered the AKC in 1886, and follows a short but steady footstep.
Originally grounded, the Dandy Dinmont Terrier is a long, low-station working terrier with a curved outline. Typical head with silken topcoat is large, but in proportion to the size of the dog. The dark colored eyes are large and round with a soft, sensible expression. The strong, flexible body and scissor-shaped tail are covered with a crisp double coat instead of color.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time.
Dundee does not shed the Dunmont Terrier, but that does not mean it does not need any grooming. His coat should be stripped of dead hair at least twice a year. This can be done by his breeder by hand, or the owner can learn to do it using a special stripping tool recommended by the breeder. Long hair can be pulled from the coat daily using the thumb and index finger to maintain a clean appearance. Dandies will also need to be brushed daily so that matting toilets can be trimmed at least monthly, and maintenance grooming should include ear care.
Dandies are tough, but tend to distinguished larger dogs in a smaller body. You will get great results with lots of patience and a positive reward-based approach. They are “small and fat,” small dogs with lots of energy, but are very adaptable and eager to please. Specialized Terriers, they can be stubborn, independent, and ensure a lot about their ability to take on all comrades. It is essential that you train Dundee well so that you not only have a partner with good manners, but also so that you can move forward in unexpected situations.
A Dundee would be best exercised twice a day for half an hour or twice as a brisk walk, or perhaps chasing the ball in the yard. He should always be on a leased or safely dense area when he is out. Dandie was reared to hunt, and even the best trained would be kept away to give them a chance to hunt. Most dandies with moderate practice will do very well in a home environment. With their long and short build, the Dandies are not made to run long distances, and the breed is not the ideal fit for owners looking for a jogging or biking partner.
Dandy Dinmont should be given a high quality dog food suitable for the age of the dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Give very little to table scraps, if not at all, especially avoid cooked bones and foods with high fat content. Know which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. If you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet, check with your vet.
There is no breed that is completely disease free, but one pedicle comes closer than many others. A rare few develops lymphoma, but otherwise the breed is usually quite healthy. Responsible breeders conduct genetic tests on their breeding stock to avoid any potential problems. As with all breeds, a pedicle’s ears should be regularly checked for signs of infection, and teeth should be brushed frequently, using toothpaste designed for dogs. Regular visits to the vet for checkups and parasite control help the dog ensure a longer, healthier life.