Dandie Dinmont Terrier At a Glance
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Small. Weight: 18-24 lbs Height: 8-11 inches
Has a crisp top coat with a soft undercoat.
Pepper (Gray and Silver) or Mustard (Brown and Fawn)
12 to 14 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
A Dandie Dinmont Terrier was mentioned in Sir Walter Scott's "Guy Mannering".
AKC Breed Group: Terrier
Other Registries: ANKC (Terriers); CKC (Terriers); FCI (Terriers); KC (Terrier); UKC (Terrier)
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Overview
This dog breed is playful and affectionate. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier makes a superb companion dog. This dog breed is highly intelligent and known for their easy trainability.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Characteristics
This dog breed is a long, low-stationed working terrier with a curved top line. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has distinctive head with a silken topknot that is large but in proportion to the size of the dog. The dark eyes are large and round with a soft and wise expression. This dog breed is sturdily built with strong bone structure and ample muscular strength. As with most terrier breeds, the Dandie Dinmont is extremely independent. This dog breed does tend to be very shy of strangers and new environments, but with the proper socialization this is easily overcome. The breed is a lively,active and beautiful little terrier. Dandie Dinmont puppies are generally far darker than adults and their color lightens as they grow.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Temperament
This dog breed is affectionate and fun loving. The dog breed is lively, plucky, determined, willful, independent and very intelligent. These are bold, yet dignified terriers. They generally gets along well with well-behaved children, especially those they were raised with. This breed does have dominance tendencies, but the level varies greatly from dog to dog. Some male dogs can be aggressive with other male dogs in the household, while female is sometimes snappy and bad tempered. It is recommended that this breed not be homed with non-canine pets, unless raised with them.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Care
This dog breed requires a fair amount of maintenance. Their coat should be brushed regularly to prevent matting and tangling. Plucking and bathing may also be necessary. The coat can be professionally clipped, if preferred. They shed little to no hair.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Coat
The sturdy, flexible body and scimitar shaped tail of this breed are covered with a rather crisp double coat that is either mustard or pepper in color. Pepper ranges from dark bluish black to a light silvery gray, the topknot is a silvery white. Mustard can range from a reddish brown to a pale fawn, with the topknot a creamy white.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Training
This dog breed requires a firm, but gentle, handler. This dog breed can be stubborn at times, but their intelligence makes training relatively simple.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Activity
This dog breed is ideal for city or apartment living, provided that their exercise needs are met. They do not require much exercise and indoor activities are normally sufficient for this small, yet sturdy breed.