The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a well-proportioned body that is slightly longer than it is tall. Their limbs are stout, strong, and well-muscled. They have a solid, large-sized head with a sturdy forehead, a pronounced stop, and a black nose. Their teeth close in a scissors bite and their lively eyes are hazel in color. Ears of this breed are 3 to 4 inches in length, pendant-shaped, and tapered. The tail is long and curved. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a unique 2-inch coat that is a mixture of soft and harsh hair. The hair on the dog’s upper body is harsher than the hair on the dog’s underside. There are two coat colors for this breed: pepper and mustard. The coat color will change over the course of the dog’s lifetime. There is a silky topknot on this breed’s head.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is caring, loving, and affectionate. They make wonderful companion dogs because of their fun-loving, even temperament. They are willful, persistent, and independent. Because of their high level of intelligence, this breed is not difficult to train. They do have a stubborn streak, however, so some Dandie Dinmont Terriers may not obey all commands. If properly socialized, this breed is good with children and babies. Some male Dandie Dinmont Terriers may exhibit aggression towards other male dogs within the household. For this reason, it is not recommended that two male Dandie Dinmont Terriers be kept in the same vicinity. They are sometimes leery of strangers, and they have natural protective instincts over their home and family.
8 – 11 inches
18 – 24 pounds
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a comparatively health breed, but some older dogs of this breed are susceptible to hypothyroidism. Glaucoma and epilepsy are also witnessed in some lines of this breed.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier originated along the border area between England and Scotland. It is a very old terrier breed, and it’s likely to have developed from the Scotch Terrier (now extinct) and the Skye Terrier. Initially, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier was raised by gypsies and utilized by farmers as a vermin hunter. While they still possess many of their natural hunting talents, Dandie Dinmont Terriers are generally used as companion dogs in contemporary society.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier’s coat needs professional grooming on a regular basis. Dead hairs should be plucked at least once per year. This breed is a minimal shedder.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is well-suited to life in a small household or apartment. They are a comparatively active indoor breed, and they will be content with a small-sized yard. Because of this breed’s propensity to chase, they shouldn’t be let off their leash in unprotected or unsafe areas.