The Dandie Dinmont terrier’s name was drawn from a book by British author, Sir Walter Scott, entitled Guy Mannering, whose main character’s name was Dandie Dinmont, a farmer who owns several terriers.

During the 1800s this kind of breed was noticeably seen between the borders of England and Scotland. Studies on dog history have noted that these terriers are a result of cross-breeding of Scott terrier and Skye terrier. In 1886 the American Kennel Club recognized the Dandie Dinmont as a part of the family of terriers.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier lying on grass

Like most terriers, their breed was developed basically for hunting purposes. They are useful dog companions in tracking and retrieving otters, badgers, vermin and animals that dwell in burrows. That is why this breed is popular among farmers.

Traits and Behavior

The Dandie Dinmont is a working dog that is lively, loyal, and intelligent. They are suitable for owners living in an apartment set-up or small houses.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier playing with ball

This dog can be trained as watchdog but strong leadership skills on the part of the trainer must be shown to the dog to create a loyal response from the dog in recognizing the master’s voice and training steps.

In this way, this terrier will remain obedient and not exhibit aggression.

Because they are used frequently in chasing badgers and otters, these dogs can be vicious and aggressive among small animals like rats or rabbits around them.

Socialization is the key to train them to be friendly to other domesticated animals like other dogs or cats.

In some cases, they can be wary of strangers especially if they are not trained to be friendly to just anyone. On the other hand, the Dandie Dinmont terriers are affectionate, happy-go-lucky type and can be great pet companions.

Pet Care and Diseases

These dogs do not shed their hair as much as other dogs but regular brushing using a firm bristle one is still recommended. Professional grooming techniques may be solicited to maintain the quality texture of the coats. Dead hairs may be needed to pluck out at least twice a year.

For these dogs to maintain their alertness and stamina, regular exercises like running, walking, or chasing something must be regularly conducted. However, the owner/trainer must exert extra caution in freeing these dogs from their leashes. They may show aggression when on the loose.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier smiling

Feeding them must be just enough. Because of their short built, too much food can make them overweight and may cause spinal damages resulting in slip discs or paralysis. This dog may encounter certain health problems like glaucoma, epilepsy, hypothyroidism (especially when the dog is older), and spinal injuries.


Concerning their body structure, the Dandie Dinmont stands about 20-28cm in height in withers and weighs about 8-11kg.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier tongue out

The coat comes in two types, either pepper or mustard. Pepper coats are dark blue-ish or grayish in color, while the mustard can range from reddish-brown to fawn with white markings which can be seen on the head part. The depth of its coat can go as long as 5 cm with a mixture of soft and rough textures.

General Information

Its usual life expectancy goes around 12-15 years. The average litter size is about 2-4 puppies. Other names include Dandie and Hindlee Terrier.

Breed Club

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