Dandie Dinmont Health FAQs
Are Dandie Dinmont Terriers Healthy?
As in all breeds problems can arise. You might be more aware of possible health problems at the moment because Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breeders worldwide are currently examining our gene pool and breeding patterns and have achieved open and frank discussion about any health problems that might arise in the Dandie Dinmont Terrier.
Problems that might possibly but rarely occur are Cushings, Hypothyroidism and Primary Closed Angle Glaucoma.
This should not deter you from owning a Dandie. Nearly all of our stock have happy, healthy and long lives.
Although a Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a long back, back problems are comparatively unusual in a Dandie that has been reared and fed correctly and not over-excercised as a youngster. Several adult Dandie Dinmont Terriers are now competing in Mini Agility Competitions.
Are Dandie Dinmonts on any Health Registers?
Dandie Dinmont Terriers do not have problems that currently require registration.
It should be noted that there have been instances of Primary Closed Angle Glaucoma in our breed and all Dandie Dinmonts should have a gonioscopy at regular intervals during their lives. Most Veterinarians do not carry out this simple test themselves but regular eye testing sessions are held throughout the UK by Opthalmologists. For details please see announcements by the Dandie Clubs, Our Dogs and Dog World Newspapers or obtain a referral to a recognised Opthalmologist through your Vet.