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Physical Characteristics


Breed Group:



18 – 24 pounds


8 – 11 inches


Two colors are possible: “pepper” and “mustard.”
“Pepper” ranges from dark, bluish black to light gray, while “mustard” ranges from reddish brown to pale fawn.


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a rough, silky coat.
This is a non-shedding breed, however the coat does require medium to high levels of maintenance.



This low, long-bodied terrier is one of the rarest pure breed dogs in the world, and its unique appearance draws much curiosity. Its small size and sturdy build means that it usually has a healthy, long life. Although much more reserved and calm than other terrier breeds, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an affectionate companion who is highly devoted to its family.

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This breed was first developed in the 17th century as a badger and otter hunter. The breed standard was solidified in 1876. It is now in danger of becoming extinct, and therefore many clubs are now formed with the focus of preserving this rare breed.


The unusual name comes from Sir Walter Scott’s novel Guy Mannering, in which a jovial character is named “Dandie Dinmont.”
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is also affectionately known as “Dandie.”


Dandie Dinmont Terriers are calm, confident, and gentle. They are generally good with children, and make ideal house pets. They can be more reserved compared to other terrier breeds and do not require constant attention. However they are still very sociable and love human companionship. They are usually quiet, but they are alert of their environment and therefore can be good watchdogs.



The Dandie is an intelligent breed, and is relatively easy to train. Consistency and regular reminders are sufficient for them to understand the rules of the house. As with any dog breed, positive reinforcement works better than punishment, and harsh treatments should definitely be avoided.


Dandie Dinmont Terriers need moderate, but regular exercise. A fenced yard for them to roam in is ideal, but regular brisk walks on leash can also be sufficient.


Since this breed is very rare, it is important to find reputable breeders.
Owners should be prepared to provide regular grooming to maintain the coat, so that the fur does not become matted.


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