Height: 8-11 inches
Weight: 18-24 lbs.
Life Span: 14-15 yrs.
Breed Group: Terriers
The properly socialized and trained Dandie Dinmont is a delightful dog.
It can be protective of its property, wary of strangers, dominant, and independent,
but also gentle if treated kindly and with respect.
It is very important to start obedience training and to socialize this dog
with adults, children, and other animals at an early age.
The Dandie Dinmont's coat, a mixture of coarse and soft hair with a crisp
texture, is about two inches long.
Its color is pepper or mustard. The head and the soft, silky topknot on
the head may be creamy white. The rich, dark hazel eyes are large, round,
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Dandie Dinmonts need to be brushed and combed two to three times a week
and trimmed every three months.
Vigorous exercise will reduce this dog's tendency to dig holes and bark
The Dandie Dinmont was developed in England in the 17th century to hunt
badgers, foxes, rats, and weasels. In the 19th century it was named Dandie
Dinmont after a country gentleman in Sir Walter Scott's 1815 novel Guy
Dinmont, who lived on the border between England and Scotland, kept six
of these playful, affectionate terriers on his farm.
This breed has been popular with gypsies as well as aristocracy at various
times in its history.
Breed-related health concerns: hip dysplasia, patellar luxation,
intervertebral disc protrusion, ear infections, lymphoma.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club