CAN DANDIES BE KEPT WITH OTHER PETS?
A Dandie could usually quite happily live with cats, rabbits and even
chickens, if introduced properly as a puppy. A sociable character, a
Dandie will get along with other dogs and does not look actively for
DO DANDIES NEED A LOT OF EXERCISE?
Dandies are very adaptable and will happily join you on
long walks in the country or a quick trip round the block,
but they also make great couchpotatoes and love human
WHAT ARE DANDIES LIKE WITH CHILDREN?
Dandies are excellent with children and usually develop a
strong bond with the younger members of the family. A more
important question is what are your children like with dogs!
ARE DANDIES NOISY?
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not a ‘yappy’ breed and if kept
as a solo pet do not usually bark a lot. They do, however,
have an amazingly deep and loud bark (particularly the males)
which can make them a deceptively good guard dog.
ARE DANDIE PUPPIES HARD TO FIND?
The breed is lucky to have dedicated breeders committed to the
long-term future of the Dandie. You may have to go on a waiting
list and please begin your search early. Dogs are usually easier to
find than bitches and be prepared to be rigorously interviewed.
Be warned, however, once a Dandie enters your life, he will touch
your heart like no other ‘ordinary’ dog.
DO DANDIES NEED A LOT OF GROOMING?
Dandies will need to be regularly brushed like most coated breeds
and probably professionally groomed 3 to 4 times a year to keep
them looking smart.
DO DANDIES MOULT?
No. A Dandie’s coat does not shed hair all over the place, making
them suitable for some allergy sufferers.
ARE DANDIES A HEALTHY BREED?
A Dandie will be as healthy as any other well-bred pedigree
dog. Average life expectancy is 12-14 years, with many dogs
living to 15 or 16 years. There are no confirmed hereditary
illnesses but responsible breeders test for primary glaucoma.
CAN DANDIES BE LET OFF THE LEAD?
Yes they can be let off the lead if trained from an early age, but
caution is advised as they do retain their hunting instincts.