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Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Breed Facts
The original home of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the south of Scotland or the border area with England. There the common dog was used for fox and otter hunting.

It owes its name to Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering, published in 1815, which describes dogs of his type. These were very connected to their fictional owner, "Dandie Dinmont".

He is said to be one of the ancestors of the wire-haired lid, and a relationship to the Bedlington Terrier is considered secured.

The first breed club was founded in England in 1875.

In the FCI breed system, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is listed in Group 3 (Terrier), Section 2 (Common Terrier), Standard No. 168.

External appearance of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier


No size information is given in the breed standard. The height at the withers is usually up to 25 cm.


The ideal weight is 8-11 kg.


The fur colors of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier are:

-Pepper colors (Pepper); a silver-gray to blue-black shade that brightens towards the limbs. The crest is colored silvery white.

- Mustard grain colors (Mustard); a fawn to reddish brown shade that darkens towards the limbs. The crest is creamy white.

The color of the ears depends on the coat color of the dog: pepper-colored animals have dark, almost black ears, while mustard-grain-colored dogs have mustard-grain-colored ears (the shade of the ears may then be a little darker than that of the rest of the fur, but never black).

The weatherproof fur consists of frizzy top coat and a soft undercoat.


The dog's physique is elongated and is described in the breed standard as "weasel-shaped".

The head is relatively large, but should still fit the height. He has lush hair; on the forehead there is the so-called top knot.

Muzzle and skull should be in a ratio of 3: 5. The bit is very strong with quite large fangs in relation to the size of the dog. The nose mirror is black.

The large, round eyes are dark brown in color. The ears hang down and lie close to the cheek. Their length is approximately 7.5-10 cm.

The neck is strong and ends in a long back. This is also well muscled. In the withers area, the top line describes a slight curve; the loin is arched. The croup falls down towards the tail.

The short rod has the shape of a curved saber.

The chest is deep with well-arched ribs.

The limbs are short and strong. The dog wears about 5 cm long hair, the so-called feathering, on the widely spaced forelimbs. The position of the hind limbs is also relatively wide when the ankle is low. You may like our list of long-haired dog breeds (Small, medium, Large)

Special features of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier


The intelligent little dog is brave and tough. He likes to work and is relatively independent. He is very devoted to his owner, although he often questions his efforts to bring up children. He behaves calmly in his home and, despite his good vigilance, does not tend to yap. He is cautious to skeptics of strangers and often behaves reservedly when dealing with children.

Possible areas of application:

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a pleasant companion dog for adults. It is less suitable for a turbulent household with (small) children.

He likes to play with his owner and loves long walks.

Care and maintenance

If he gets enough exercise and employment, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier can also be kept in a city apartment. Regular trips to rural areas are recommended to keep the passionate mouse hunter happy.

The robust fur has to be brushed and plucked regularly. Dead hair is removed with your fingers.


The genetically fixed chondrodysplasia (disorder of cartilage formation) leads to an premature end of the length growth of the limbs. This peculiarity can lead to an increased occurrence of herniated discs.

The thyroid (hypothyroidism) , the Cushing's syndrome (overactive adrenal cortex) and cataract (glaucoma) are more common in the breed.

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