The dander is the coat color of a dog which is not white or black but rather a very light shade of brown. Some breeds such as the Boston terrier have a dark coat with lighter markings while others like the pug and bulldog have lighter coats with darker markings. The term “dandy” comes from its appearance, however it can also refer to a person who dresses well.
The word dander was originally used to describe the hair of a sheep when they were dyed bright red. The dye caused the woolen hairs to stand out prominently. Today, it refers to any dog’s coat which is light colored and stands out due to being dusted with fine hairs called ares (are-as). These are short and soft, usually ranging from two inches up to five inches long. They are found all over the body except the face, ears and tail.
A dander is considered a desirable coat color because it makes a dog look smart and sophisticated. However, some people do not agree with this definition since dander does not necessarily mean intelligence. Some say that the dander coat color is only considered attractive if it is light colored and stands out from other colors on the dog’s body.
Dandies are sometimes confused with the term “badger-colored” dachshunds. While badgers do have a reputation for being bright red, they can be any color as long as they have a prominent black or dark stripe down their back and sides. The stripes are called badges, hence the name badgehounds. The most popular example of this is the Miniature Schnauzer.
The first dandies were bred in the mid to late 1800’s and were a cross between the short haired terrier and the dachshund. The original long-haired Dachshunds of this time period did not have such distinct markings and were mainly used for hunting. They would burrow into the ground to chase their prey into a denser part of the earth, then bark until they dug them back up again. Despite being bred for this purpose, they soon became popular pets and were taken on walks on leashes.
It wasn’t until the mid 1900’s when they were bred for conformation shows and introduced in other breeds. These days there are many different types of dandies that come in chocolate, black, silver, isabella (fawn), ext. They are also divided into three categories based on their characteristics: standard, miniature and toy.
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