Dandie dinmont terrier

The brave and charming terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a rare and distinctive dog breed with a charming and brave personality. This small but determined terrier has a unique look and a big heart.


Originally from the borderlands between England and Scotland, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier was named after a fictional character in Sir Walter Scott's novel "Guy Mannering." The breed was mainly used to hunt coots and foxes.

What type of dog is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier?

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a pot hound and hunting dog, known for its skill in hunting vermin such as foxes and otters. This terrier is also a loving and loyal companion dog.

Traits and Temperament

With an intelligent and independent mind, Dandie Dinmont Terriers are both brave and determined. They are friendly and affectionate towards their owners but can be reserved towards strangers. Proper socialization and training are the keys to a well-adjusted Dandie Dinmont Terrier.


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small dog, usually weighing between 18 and 24 pounds. Their height varies between 8 and 11 inches at the withers.

Appearance and Coat

They are best known for their long, low body and characteristic "poodle head." The coat is soft but somewhat rough and can be pepper (gray to black) or mustard (reddish yellow to brown) in color.

How much fur does a Dandie Dinmont Terrier shed?

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier sheds minimally and is often considered a hypoallergenic breed. However, regular brushing and grooming is necessary to keep the coat in good condition.

Is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Fair?

Although the Dandie Dinmont Terrier can be vocal, they are not very talkative compared to other terrier breeds. However, they may bark to alert the owner of something unusual.

Is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier family friendly?

Yes, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier gets along well with families and can be loving and patient with children. However, their independent nature makes them best suited for families with older children or adults.

What is the lifespan of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier?

The average lifespan of a Dandie Dinmont Terrier is between 12 and 15 years. The right diet, regular exercise and veterinary care can contribute to a healthy and long life.

Acquisition of Dandie Dinmont Terrier

If you are considering getting a Dandie Dinmont Terrier, it is important that research is done to understand the breed's unique needs and personality. Contact a responsible breeder or adopt from a rescue organization that specializes in terrier breeds.