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Dandie Dinmount Terrier Breed Information

Dandie Dinmount Terrier is a Scottish dog belonging to the terrier family. These dogs have short legs and long body with a fluffy bush of hair on the top of its head. This breed is supported by only three breed clubs in UK, and Kennel Club had registered the breed as Vulnerable Native Breed, due to the fewer number of annual puppy registration. This breed was first initiated in Scotland, for serving the purpose of hunting otters and badgers. Different from other Scottish Terriers, this breed has pendulous ears, and coat of the breed is very silky. These dogs have a muscular neck, which is assumed to have developed from its participation in larger games. The breed has great similarity with Skye terrier, apart from its coat which is much longer and thicker. Dandie Dinmount is available in two varieties of colour pepper shade and mustard. They reach to a complete growth within the age of two years. Dandie Dimount Terrier is friendly but tough breed, and is more suitable for elder kids than younger ones. These can be used as guard dogs, and also as household companion, but are very docile and demanding. They are good diggers and are well known in their skill of digging holes with short time. These dogs are usually friendlier with other house pets, but are very violent with rodents and other small animals. They are said to have immense fondness to challenge other animals like dogs and foxes, and hence should be kept away from other strange dogs. Major health issue for DandieDimount is spinal disc herniation, which is caused due to the elongated shape of its body that can lead to slip of intervertebral disc. This if not cured might even lead to paralysis, in case of DandieDimount Terrier. The other minor diseases affecting this breed are, primary closed angle, cushing’s syndrome, hypothoridism and also glaucoma. It is recommended that, in order to avoid the condition of glacuma, this breed should be treated with a procedure called gonioscopy. They also possess a risk of attaining canine cancer than any other breed, and the life span of this breed is 11-13 years.

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