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Dandie Dinmont Terrier


Dandie Dinmont Terrier Facts

  • Group
  • Terrier
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 8" - 11"
  • Weight
  • 18-24 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • White / Black
    • Fawn
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

none known


The Dandie Dinmont terrier originated in Scotland.

Date Of Origin

The Dandie Dinmont was first recognized as a distinct breed in 1700.


The Dandie Dinmont terrier was bred from the border regions native terriers to hunt otter and badger. It was made famous in the book "Guy Mannering", by Sir Walter Scott, which was published in 1814. In it, the character Dandie Dinmont terrier keeps six of the dogs. King Louis Philippe of France owned a pair in 1845.


The Dandie Dinmont terrier is a curvaceous terrier with no straight lines and a long back that is higher at the loins than at the shoulders. It has a large, domed head; the muzzle is about three fifths the length of the skull. The large, bright eyes are deep hazel and the jaw is strong. It is a short dog with a deep chest and it's heavy boned, crooked front legs have paws that point slightly outward. Its tail is natural and sickle shaped. It has a double coat that is about two inches long and made up of a dense, harsh over coat and soft, woolly undercoat. This intermingled coat is called a pily or pencil coat. The hair on the head is soft and silky and it has feathers on its muzzle and forelegs. The coat is pepper or mustard and there is usually some white on the chest.


This is an independent and reserved dog that is both determined and intelligent. It is affectionate with its family.


By instinct it has always been a great mouse catcher, and it has lost none of its talent today. It is also an enemy of martens, weasels, and skunks. It has become a much sought-after companion dog.

Health Concerns

Glaucoma, lens luxation, disk disease.

Additional Information

This dog will require regular professional grooming.

Show Sources & Contributors +


Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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