Dandie Dinmont Terrier


A small to medium sized Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Quick Summary
Also Known As
OriginGreat Britain
Height (at withers)8-11in (20-28cm)
Weight18-24lbs (8-11kg)
Hair Colour(s)Mustard, pepper
Lifespan12-15 years
Energy LevelMedium
Litter size4-6
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityLow
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftLow

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small dog with a low body and short, strong legs. The head is large with a defined forehead, black nose, hazel coloured eyes, proportionate pendant ears and a silky topknot. The tail is relatively long and is thick at the base and tapers at the end. The medium length coat is either soft or crisp, and the colouring is normally mustard or pepper.


Dandie Dinmont Terriers are affectionate, energetic dogs with plenty of love and devotion to offer. These confident animals love to play and are spirited and loaded with plenty of personality. They are very agile, intelligent and quick to learn, as well as obedient with the right handling and training. Despite being easy to train, as they can be very independent and strong willed, these dogs are better suited to those with some experience of dog handling and ownership. When properly socialised, Dandie Dinmont Terriers get along well with older and more considerate children, and will also tend to be fine around strangers and will often be friendly and welcoming. They will get along well with other pets, such as dogs and cats, but may tend to chase smaller pets such as rodents. They may also be aggressive towards other males of the same breed, and can be quite possessive with their food and toys. These dogs have a protective streak that makes them effective watchdogs.

History & Skills

Dandie Dinmont Terriers originate from Great Britain. Developed in the 1600s on the borders between England and Scotland, they are the ancestors to a range of other terries, including for example the Skye Terrier. They were orignally developed for hunting otters, badgers and foxes, and were named after a fictional, jovial farmer in Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering.

Breed Specific Ailments

Dandie Dinmont Terriers tend to live between 12-15 years and come with a number of health problems and disorders, including spinal problems, luxating patella, thyroid problems, glaucoma, epilepsy, and elbow problems.


Dandie Dinmont Terriers will need their coats brushing twice a week, and dead hair will need plucking out once or twice a year. The ear canals should be kept clean and dry to reduce the chances of infection, and hair around the bottom area should be kept trimmed for hygiene reasons.

Exercise & Environment

Dandie Dinmont Terriers tend to live indoors and are suitable for small homes, but they will need a daily half-hour walk. They will meet the rest of their exercise requirements indoors, but access to a yard or garden area will also help. These dogs love to dig, so those that tend to keep pristine gardens should be wary.


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