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Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Breed Info & Pictures

Bred to kill small vermin, the Dandie Dinmont Terriers body reflects its occupation. The breed is small and long, with its height being half the length of its body. Despite its small size, it is a sturdy dog with plenty of muscle. The head is strong and large, but still proportional to the rest of the body with a topknot of hair. The dark hazel eyes are large and round, set wide and low. The ears are broad at the base and come almost to a point at the tip; they are located at approximately the same level of the cheeks on either side of the head. The coat has a fairly rough texture, only one third of it being soft hair while the rest is rather hard. The head is covered with soft hair and the ears are covered with short velvety hair. The tail hair feathers out and consists of the same coarse hair as the body. The color of the Dandies coat can be either pepper or mustard, and tends to lighten in color as the dog ages.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Fast Facts

11 - 13 years
England and Scotland
18th century
18 - 24 lb
18 - 24 lb
8 - 11"
8 - 11"
Dandy Dinmont Terrier, Dandy Dinmont Terier, or Dandee Dinmont Terrier


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a fun-loving companion dog....

It is lively and friendly and gets along well with children of all ages and sizes if raised with them from a young age. They are protective of their home and males can be aggressive toward other male dogs, especially if they both live in the same home. This breed tends to be wary of strangers and other pets. It will only tolerate cats with which it has been raised with from puppyhood. Dandie Dinmont Terriers can be stubborn, but they are not difficult to train. Patience is a must when training this breed. Like all terriers, the Dandie Dinmont enjoys a good dig.

Caring For a Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terriers size and even temperament make it a good dog to have in an apartment....

When taken outside, be sure to keep them on a leash unless you are in a fenced and secure area because they are constantly on the prowl for small animals and may take off after a cat or squirrel. Regular exercise is always a must for dogs, but this breed can generally adapt to whatever activity level is present in the home. Although this breed sheds a minimal amount of hair, regular brushing is still recommended as well as professional grooming. The dead hair in their coat should be plucked out every few months. Although a very healthy breed, the Dandie Dinmont sometimes suffers from invertebral disk disease and glaucoma.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier History

Breed History

In the 1700s, two types of distinct terriers were emerging throughout Britain....

One type had a long back, short legs and a rough coat, and the other was smooth-coated with a shorter back. Both terriers were used to kill vermin as well as other ground animals such as otters and badgers. At the time, the long-backed, rough-coated terrier was seen as better suited to the job because its coat could withstand any weather or environment, it had a strong sturdy body, and its jaws were very powerful. In the early 1800s, controlled breeding of dogs for certain duties became very popular and Scotland focused on the short-legged, rough-coated breeds. Out of these breedings, various types of terriers emerged, one being the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. The breed owes its name and popularity to an 1814 novel by Sir Walter Scott titled Guy Mannering, in which a character named Dandie Dinmont owned a pack of these impressive terriers; the Dandie Dinmont is the only AKC-recognized breed to be named after a fictional character. The dog's small size and big personality made the decision to bring them to America easy, and the dogs earned their keep during trans-Atlantic passages by killing rats and entertaining the crew. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1886, just two years after the AKC itself was founded.