Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier near house
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Last Updated on January 25, 2020 by Bridget Shirvell

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 18 – 24 pounds (8.16 – 10.89 kg)
  • Height: 8 – 11 inches (20.32 – 27.94 cm)

The Look of a Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a long, low-set frame covered in a 2-inch coat that is a unique mixture of harsh and soft hair. Its large, broad head has hanging ears, a dark nose and a deep muzzle. Its eyes are large, round and dark with a lively expression. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a strong neck and a thick tail that it carries just above the horizontal point.


  • Sturdy
  • Active
  • Vivacious
  • Cute
  • Tough

Ideal Human Companion

  • Retirees
  • Active singles
  • Families with older children

What They Are Like to Live With

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are jovial, fun-loving dogs that bring spunk and attitude to the household. Great with respectful kids and affectionate with family members, they are also protective and loyal. Bearing a super-size bark, Dandie Dinmont Terriers make effective burglar alarms.

Though easy to train and eager to please, Dandie Dinmont Terriers can be slightly stubborn early on. However, once they get the hang of things they can be easy to train. When properly introduced, Dandie Dinmont Terriers get along with other dogs and cats.

Things You Should Know

Dandie Dinmont Terriers can live as long as 16 years with relatively few genetic health issues; however, some may develop hypothyroidism and glaucoma. Because of their shape, some can develop back problems, especially when not handled properly or overfed. Dandie Dinmont Terriers need regular brushing and the occasional grooming from a professional.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier History

Famous for hunting otters and badgers, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier got its unique name from a spirited character in a Sir Walter Scott novel. Dandie Dinmont Terriers originated on the English/Scottish border from a mix of tough, hardy local terriers.

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