Dandie Dinmont Terrier
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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Last updated: Aug 31 2023

Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a unique-looking small dog breed with a big personality. These are alert dogs that were originally bred for otter and badger hunting. They are very adaptable and can do well in the city as well in country homes. Although they are friendly, they are also tough and like most of the terriers' interpretant, courageous and willful.

FUN FACT: The nickname of Dandie Dinmont Terriers is a gentleman of the terrier family.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier


8–11 in (20–28 cm)

Dandie Dinmont Terrier


18–24 lb (8–11 kg)

Dandie Dinmont Terrier


Great Britain

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

Their head is large and covered with silky white and profuse hair, their ears long and eyes full of brightness. Dandie Dinmont Terriers have short and powerful legs. They are independent, intelligent, persistent, and sensitive dog breeds.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier grooming

Dandie Dinmont Terriers comes in two colors: mustard and pepper. They have a crisp outer coat that covers a soft and waterproof undercoat. Although these dogs shed minimally, you will have to take good care of your dog. Regular brushing is advised to keep his hair looking best and to prevent mats.

Once or twice a year, you will have to pluck their dead hair from the coat. Many owners of Dandie Dinmont Terriers choose a professional groomer to do the job.

Trim their nails monthly, regularly brush their teeth to secure a fresh breath, and prevent bacteria development and gum diseases. During all these things, check their ears for any signs of redness or bad odor, which can indicate infection.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Exercise

This is a medium active dog breed that requires only a few walks during the day to keep him happy. These dogs are not made for running long distances, so if you are an active person and you are looking for a dog that can keep you company while running, this is not the best breed for you.

Because they were bred for hunting, you should always keep these dogs on a leash because they have a high prey drive, and they will take every chance they get to chase someone who they perceive as prey.

FUN FACT: This is the only breed in the world that got its name from a fictional character from a book.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier


Dandie Dinmont Terriers are little but tough dogs that require proper training from an early age. Since they are terriers, they can be independent and stubborn, but with the right approach, you can get everything done. Training with lots of treats and positive reinforcements is recommended for the best results. These dogs are also eager to please, and that makes training them a lot easier.

These are good dogs, but they still need proper socialization so they can learn how to react in many different situations in life. Start with the socialization process as soon as your puppy comes home. Dandie Dinmont Terriers get along with other dogs, but they are typical terriers; they will not back down if a fight emerges. With other animals, especially smaller you must be very careful because of their high prey drive. They will try and chase smaller animals.

Dandie Dinmont Terriers get along with kids and can be an excellent playing partner. To secure that your kids and dog get along, you must teach your kids how to play with the dog so they can enjoy their time together.

Health problems

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are healthy dogs that, in most cases, will not suffer from any serious health problems. Some dogs can develop lymphoma, and besides that, they can suffer from glaucoma, epilepsy, and spinal problems. To be completely sure that your dog is healthy, only buy him from and responsible breeder because those breeders regularly test their breeding dogs to secure that their puppies will be in the best possible health.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier breeders

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are a rare dog breed and if you are thinking about getting this dog, you can be sure that you will be put on the waiting list. Be sure that you only talk to official and responsible Dandie Dinmont Terrier breeders so you can be sure that your future dog will not have inherited diseases. Dandie Dinmont Terriers are great dogs with whom you will for sure enjoy spending time together.


World Dog Finder team


Updated at31.08.2023.

Breed History

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are one of the oldest distinct terriers. These dogs didn’t change much since the 1700s, and that is not the case with other dog breeds. Sir Walter Scoot mentioned these dogs in his book “Guy Mannering”. That book was published in 1814. Before that time, all terrier dogs were simply called terriers.

In his book, Sir Walter called these dogs Dandie Dinmont, and the name stuck with the breed. In 1875 in Scotland was formed a club of Dandie Dinmont terriers and the standard for these dogs was written.

The breed was very popular in the late 19th century in England but the Second World War nearly destroyed the breed. After the war, many breed fanciers and breeders started to work hard on re-establishing the breed. Even today, this is a rare breed and the Kennel Club put Dandie Dinmont Terriers on the list of endangered breeds.