The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a breed of small, low-to-the-ground dog that originated in Scotland. It belongs to the terrier breed family which is remarkable for their distinct personality and exceptional hunting skills. Dandie Dinmont Terriers have been bred to hunt animals such as otter and badger. Their coat is a combination of hard and soft hairs wherein the fur underside is soft, while the hair in the head is silky and even softer. Coat colors usually come in pepper or mustard.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed normally stand a height of 8 to 11 in at the withers, and weigh between 18 to 24 lbs.
Dandie Dinmonts, in general, are bold, lively, and intelligent little dogs. They are the happy-go-lucky yet brave and independent type. In fact, the breed makes great watchdogs. Also, these little fellows are affectionate toward their family owners; making them excellent companions. But because of their strong hunting instinct, these terrier pets are rarely trusted with small, non-canine animals. Dandie Dinmonts are easy to train especially when the handlers are firm and consistent in their leadership approach. They need an owner who can be gentle yet self-assured in displaying their authority over the dogs. Otherwise, the breed will develop Small Dog Syndrome which can be manifested by numerous negative behavior issues. These include willfulness, separation anxiety, stubbornness, timidity, dog aggression, obsessive barking, snapping, and even biting. With proper human leadership and training, Dandie Dinmonts will make wonderful family companions.
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are quite demanding when it comes to the grooming department. Their coat needs daily brushing, and has to be stripped a couple of times a year. Owners can tidy them up by slightly trimming their hair. The breed tends to shed little to no hair.
Dandie Dinmonts are a relatively hardy breed. They have an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. Nevertheless, like any other canine, the breed is also prone to a few health complications. These include glaucoma, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and back problems.
Members of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed are generally capable of thriving as apartment dogs. They are relatively active indoors, and can be readily made happy with adequate exercise. Taking the breed for long walks would be great. Access to a small yard is idea. But because they love to be with people, kennel-living is hardly ever an option.