Other name: Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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The Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier is a small dog, with an elongated body and low on legs. The gait of the Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier is stilted, stiff and hopping, but its strides are quite flexible and clear.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 8 kg to 11 kg From 20 cm to 28 cm
Male From 8 kg to 11 kg From 20 cm to 28 cm
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History of the breed

The race of   Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier is of very old origin . It was developed in the Borders region of southern Scotland, especially for hunting rabbits, otters and various other pests . The notoriety of the Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier really began after the publication, in 1815, of the novel Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott. The work tells the story of a farmer with 6 Burrows.

It is therefore in reference to this novel that the breed was named so a few years later. Nowadays, the Dandie-Dinmont Terrier population remains quite low, with a fairly low number of annual births . The Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on May 12, 1955.

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Physical features

His coat: double, the top coat, rather harsh and almost coarse in texture, being associated with a much softer undercoat. Spreads all over the body in tassels, with bangs lining the lower limbs.
Its color: pepper (ranging from black tending towards dark blue to light silver gray) or mustard (ranging from reddish brown to pale fawn).
His head: characteristic of the breed. Solid and strong construction, but proportionate to the rest of the body. Covered with a silky hair. The skull is broad and gradually decreases in width towards the eyes. The forehead is rounded and the nose is black. The cheeks tapering gradually towards the muzzle. The latter is loud and clear. Jaws strong and scissor bite.
His ears: drooping, wide apart, set back and quite low. Wide at their base, they taper almost to a point.
His eyes: wide apart, low, large, well rounded, dark hazel in color, displaying an expression at once lively, wise and intelligent.
His body: elongated, strong and flexible. The neck is well developed and very muscular, well inserted in the shoulders. The back is low at the shoulder and slightly curved. The kidney is arched and well muscled. The chest is well developed and well let down, the ribs arched and round.
Its tail: strong at its base and about ten centimeters (the total length being only 20 to 25 cm), then tapering towards its end. Never twisted or coiled, but curved like a scimitar. Carried cheerfully, slightly above the body.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier   presents all the moral qualities of the terrier . At work, he is full of enthusiasm and determination. the   Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier a hard worker and intelligent , who also displays an independent and affectionate temperament.

Because he has a strong head , the Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier needs to be taken in hand from an early age , with a firm education and quality socialization. He must not, however, be subjected to any form of brutality.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier adapts to all living environments , especially apartments, but frequent stair climbs can be a problem for this dog.


Ease of gaining weight

Rustic and robust, the Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier is fairly well protected against harsh climatic conditions thanks to its double coat. Nevertheless, there are predispositions to certain diseases in this breed, including the following: hyperadrenocorticism or Cushing’s disease (overproduction of cortisol), hip dysplasia, herniated disc, dislocation of the patella and difficult childbirth in the female (sometimes requiring caesarean section) …

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends insurance for Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier dogs .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier is, on average, between 11 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier   is prone to moderate shedding with fairly manageable hair loss if the dog is groomed regularly.

the   Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier   needs regular activity , with daily outings allowing him to exercise, but it should not be used to excess to preserve his joints and his back.

It is recommended to brush the dog on a weekly basis . During the moult, brushing should be done several times a week (2 to 3 times), or even daily. Regular grooming (3 or 4 times a year), with waxing, may be necessary.

Price and budget

Purchase price


The purchase price of a Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier is between NC and NC.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Dandie-Dinmont-Terrier is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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