Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Breed Information


Dandie Dinmont Terrier Quick Facts
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Breed Group: Terrier
Origen: Scotland
Nickname: Dandie, Hindlee Terrier
Weight: 18-24 lbs
Height: 8-11 inches
Color(s): Pepper (all shades of gray and silver) or mustard (all shades of brown and fawn). Dandie Dinmont puppies are much darker than adults.


Dandie Dinmont Terrier Appearance

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a long, low-stationed working terrier with a curved top line and a soulful expression. The head is strongly made and large, but in proportion to the dog’s size and is covered with soft silky hair. The dark eyes are large and round in shape. The muzzle is deep, with a well defined stop. The ears are pendant, set low and wide, hanging close to the cheeks. The tail is long and carried a little above the level of the body in a curve like a scimitar.

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a double layer coat: the under layer is short and the topcoat is hard. The most common colors are Pepper (all shades of gray and silver) or mustard (all shades of brown and fawn). The weight of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is around 18-24 pounds and the height is around 8-11 inches.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Temperament

Though small in stature, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier has the character of a big dog, possessing confidence, intelligence and an independent nature. The Dandie Dinmont is affectionate towards his family but not doting. They are very expressive, and it can be difficult to scold a dog with a Dandie's eyes. It is a loyal companion appropriate for peoples of all ages. They are patient and gentle with children and love to play with them. The Dandie Dinmont is polite with strangers, but makes a determined watchdog with a surprisingly deep bark

Is Dandie Dinmont Terrier the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier doesn’t need daily exercise but he enjoys a daily walk They are good for apartment life and are fairly active indoors but will appreciate a fenced-in yard to run around. The Dandie Dinmont tends to be reserved with strangers and aggressive toward strange dogs. Early Socialization and training is important. Because of this terrier's hunting instincts, it should not be trusted with non-canine pets, such as hamsters, rabbits, pet mice and guinea pigs.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is around 11-13 years.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Health problems

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a relatively healthy dog and there are not major concerns associated with this breed, however they are prone to intervertebral disk disease, glaucoma, epilepsy and hypothyroidism.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Care and Grooming

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier coat must be stripped about twice a year to remove dead hair and brushed twice a week. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. They should have professional grooming.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Shedding

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier sheds little to no hair; therefore may be suited for those with allergies.