Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: England
Group: Terrier
Height: 8-11 in.
Weight: 18-24 lbs.
Life span: 13 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: usually, with early socialization
Good with other pets: some have high prey drive

What is the origin of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier?

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is named for a farmer who owned a pack of terriers in the Sir Walter Scot novel, “Guy Mannering.” The Dandie hails from the border between Scotland and England and has been known since the early 1700s as the Pepper and Mustard Terriers.

What does the Dandie Dinmont Terrier look like?

Dandies are 8-11 inches tall and weigh 18-24 lbs. the head is covered with fluffy, soft, silky hair that has been described as looking like a toupee. Ears are low-set and pendant. Eyes are large and round. The tail is 8-10 inches long and curved. Hind legs are slightly longer than front legs. The coat is about 2 inches long with a weather proof outercoat and a soft undercoat. Dandies don’t shed. Colors are pepper – dark to light silver – or mustard – red-brown to pale fawn. Brush the coat at least once a week and hand strip several times a year. If you like, the breeder can show you how to hand strip.

What is the temperament of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier?

The Dandie is a playful and intelligent dog. It gives love and loyalty to all the family members. They are curious and love to explore. Early training and socialization will help make them less dog aggressive and wary of strangers. Dandies are protective of family and property. As with all dogs, daily walks and play are exercise requirements.

What is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier used for?

Once a hunter, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a loving family companion dog today.

Possible Health Issues

Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, glaucoma, back problems.


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