Dandie Dinmont Terrier


A vulnerable UK breed on the ‘at risk’ register with the UK Kennel Club. The Dandie is a short, small sturdy dog with a long back, designed for going down holes. Fun and lively, and eager to please. A game and workmanlike terrier, independent, highly intelligent, determined, persistent, sensitive, affectionate and dignified. Devoted to their owners but have a stubborn streak.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium. Will do fine with 1 to 1.5 hours a day, but as with all terriers will easily do more. Can easily revert to ‘working’ status in the country.

Size: 9-11 inches

Weight: 18-24 lbs

Colour: White and cream, white and grey, cream and tan – known as ‘pepper’ or ‘mustard’.

Town or Country: Both

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: Moderately active families, singles or couples who have limited living space, don’t mind a dog that can have a mind of its own sometimes and see regular grooming as happy ‘bonding’ time. First time owners.

Group: Terrier

Originally From: Scotland

Original Purpose: Working. Originally used to hunt otters, weasels and badgers and small ground vermin. Now mostly a companion dog.

Living Space: Low.

Coat: Medium length. 2/3rds harsh hair and 1/3 soft.

Grooming: High. The coat should be brushed every day to prevent matting. Hand stripping is required 2-3 times a year. Coat on the feet must be trimmed regularly.

Children: High.

Sociability with strangers: Medium to high.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: High. Introduce early.

Trainability: This is a highly intelligent breed and is therefore relatively easy to train providing you make allowances that they can be stubborn at times.

Noise Level: Medium, potentially high. Start training early to eradicate barking at an early age.

Known Health Issues: Mainly back (disc) problems and arthritis in older dogs. Some slipped knees and hip problems, but more infrequent. Eye testing of both parents for Glycoma is strongly recommended.

Lifespan: 9-15 years

Special Needs: Some risk of separation anxiety.

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