Dandie Dinmont Terrier


What sets the Dandie Dinmont Terrier from other Terrier breeds is that it has topknot of silky fur and stands very close to the ground. The fluffed topknot gives the head an even larger appearance than it is naturally. Its facial features are also large. The eyes are large but not to the point of bulging. The torso features well-developed muscles. The legs are very short, but strong. The hindlegs are straight while the hindlegs are slightly angeled. The coat is long and smooth all over its body, but most profuse from the top of the chest to the end of the ribs. The face has a great deal of fur, but it does not obstruct the facial features. The coat is smooth on the back. The tail is set somewhat higher than the back when the dog is at attention.


The small size of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier does not prevent the breed from being brave. It will protect its family and their property. Its тАЬbigтАЭ bark and suspicion of unwelcome guests makes it a great guard dog. The breed is not all work. It enjoys playing and will do with children of all ages, however, supervision is recommended, as with any dog. It has a tendency to behave better with children and other pets when it grows up with them. Aggression is not a common trait, but some types may exhibit aggressive behavior around unfamiliar dogs.

Height and Weight

The average height of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is 8-11 inches. The breed weighs an average of 18-24 pounds.

Health Problems

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is not associated with any serious health conditions. However, as the breed gets older, there is a risk that it may develop hypothyroidism.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an active breed, but it is still suitable for indoor living. If it is kept outdoors, it does not require a large amount of space.


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a relatively energetic breed, so exercise is very important.

Life Expectancy

An average life expectancy of 12-15 years.

Litter Size

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has an average of 3-6 puppies.


The coat of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is somewhat high maintenance. The coat doesn’t shed very much during shedding season, but is short and curly and requires frequent brushing. A professional groomer is recommended to trim the coat.


From the union of the Skye Terrier and a now extinct Scotch Terrier




The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is either a solid color or multi-color. A dark yellow is the solid color. Black and white is the multi-color.