||The Standards of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier - german, english
Size: According to the English Standards
the acromion (height of the shoulder) of the Dandie is to be
from 20.3 cms to 27.9 cms. His length from the scapulum (top
of shoulder) to the root of tail should not be more than twice
the height of the shoulder, preferable 2.5 to 5.0 cms less.
Weight: The English Standards request the weight of the
Dandie to be nearly 18 to 24 pounds, about 8.1 kgs to 10.9 kgs
Remark: Because of the different statements
on size and weight please note that all statements on weight
are only effec-tive in relation to the size of the dog. That
is to say that on no account let your Dandie starve only to
reach a pretended ideal weight. Weight and Size have to get
on well together on a sound basis.
|Denture: The foreface should
considerably be pigmented black or dark inside. The teeth
are great and strong. Especially the canines are exceptional
great with a dog of this size. The upper incisive teeth
overlap the lower teeth thus forming a scissors bite.
Undershot mouth and overbite are incorrect. For exhibitors
to Shows in Germany it is important to know that - in
contradiction to most of the other countries - according
to the German Breeding Standards there are very strong
regulations regarding the missing of teeth. The best note
"excellent" can only be given if not more than
two of the premolars are missing, despite all other possible
preferences the dog might have. In Germany, four premolars
being missing will result in an unsuitability for breeding..
Coat: The hair should be about 5
cms of length. The coat from the neck to the tip of tail is
a mixture of rather hardish and soft hair. The harsh hair
should not look wiry, that has a curly effect and grows clusteredly.
Mostly the coat is not thoroughly pepper or mustard but brightens
up towards the hair bulbs. The lower parts of the body have
a softer coat than the upper parts.
Colour: Pepper varies from a dark,
bluish black to a bright silver-grey. The top is a silvery
white. Mustard rages from a reddish brown to a light beige.
The top is a creamy white. Gradations being among the ranges
of the colours (pepper/mustard) are to be preferred.
Head: Large and strong in
relation to the size of the dog. Stout muscles. Well
domed forehead. The line from the inner corner of the
eyelid to the occipital bone and the line from one ear
to the other should nearly be the same length. The relation
of the fang to the total length of the skull should
be 3 to 5.
Top and head-hair: The more
bright and silky the constitution of the soft hair is,
Eyes: They are a special characteristic
of the Dandie: Large and round, and of a dark nut-brown
colour. On no account may they protude. They are set
deep and characteristic.
Ears: Length about 7.5 cms
to 10.0 cms, pendulous and set deep. Broad in the beginning,
leading edge nearly vertical. Terminating almost in
a point. Bright feathers about 5.0 cms of length.
Nose: The nose is black, the bridge
of the nose about 2.4 cms broad as it is long. Behind the
nasal plane it is hairless with encrising coating towards
Neck: Strong and very muscular developed
neck of fair length, getting on well into the shoulders.
Chest: Forceful chest set deep between
Forequarters: Forelegs are short,
particularly big-boned and strongly muscled. The pepper Dandie
has varying tan coating, the mustard Dandie on the contrary
has a creamy-white and somewhat darker than the colour of
Back: Back line is rather low in
the region of the shoulder, building a lightly declining curve
till raising over the loins. Beginning with the culminating
point over the loins the back line drops in a straight line
to the root of tail.
Body: Long, strong and elastic,
very flexible. Ribs well arched. Both sides of the spine have
strong muscular tissue.
Hindquarters: Hindlegs a little
bit longer than the forelegs. Set wide open, yet not unnaturally
spread. Muscular thighs
Paws: Colour of the claws varies
with the colour of the dog, dark. hind feet evidently smaller
than the front feet. With the pepper Dandie they are tanny,
with the mustard one darker than the colour of the top. Flat
feet are to be ob-jected.
Tail: Rather short, about 20.3 cms
to 25.4 cms of length. Beginning thick at the root, then growing
thicker in order to diminish very strongly to the tip of the
tail. The tail should be carried erect in a light curve, like
a scimitar. ro-Root of tail neither high nor low.