Dandie Dinmont Terrier

dandie dinmont terrier

This small/medium-sized terrier has a long, low body. When fully grown he stands at 20-28cm and weighs about 8-11kg. He has large, expressive eyes and a distinctive coat, which is silky and soft on the head. The double coat on the body comprises a soft undercoat and a harsher topcoat and comes in pepper or mustard.

dandie dinmont terrier
  • Category size: Small
  • Grooming requirements: More than once a week
dandie dinmont terrier
  • Shedding: None
  • Allergies: Yes
  • Noise: Not too noisy
  • Dog Group Kennel Club: Terrier
dandie dinmont terrier
  • Alone: 1 to 3 hours
  • Other pets: Medium
  • Stability as a guard: Medium


This Scottish working terrier was developed in the 1600s for hunting badgers, otters and other quarry. They were so successful at finding a meal, they were prized by poachers; it's said that all modern Dandie Dinmont Terriers come from a poacher's dog found in a trap on the Duke of Buccleuch's estate. Known as Mustard and Pepper Terriers (after their coat colours), the breed's current name was adopted from Sir Walter Scott's novel, Guy Mannering, after a character who kept the breed.


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier dog breed has certain terrier traits: he is determined and tenacious with an independent spirit. He is also sensitive, affectionate, and devoted to his loved ones, making him a most rewarding companion.


As with many breeds The Dandie Dinmont Terrier may suffer hereditary eye disorders, and routine eye testing is advised. Like many small breeds, they can suffer from kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place (luxating patellas), and their body shape makes them more prone to spinal disorders.


This is a fairly active little dog that needs at least an hour's daily exercise, preferably more, though they are forgiving if, occasionally, their walks are shorter.


Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.


The hair of the Dandie Dinmont is about 5cm long and requires brushing at least twice a week. The coat is handstripped at least twice a year.

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