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Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Characteristics, History, and Health

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an old breed with roots in the border region between England and Scotland. It was initially bred in the 1700s for hunting badgers and otters, eventually gaining recognition as a distinctive breed by the early 19th century. The breed was named after a character, Dandie Dinmont, from Sir Walter Scott's novel "Guy Mannering," published in 1814, who owned terriers of this kind. The Dandie has a long, low torso and short legs. These little characters are said to be excellent watchdogs with noticeably big barks.

Main Info
Cheviot Hills, between England and Scotland
Alternate Names
Life Expectancy
12-15 years
Average Male Height
8-11 inches
Average Female Height
8-11 inches
Average Male Weight
18-24 pounds
Average Female Weight
18-24 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Coat Colors
Mustard (reddish brown to fawn), Pepper (bluish black to silvery gray)
Coat Pattern

Genetic Predispositions and Health

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a generally healthy breed, but may suffer from some health conditions including brachygnathism, chondrodysplasia, chondrodystrophy, primary angle closure glaucoma, hyperadrenocorticism, oligodontia, portosystemic shunts, prognathism, ulcerative keratitis, and cheyletiella mite infections.

Personality and Behavior

Dandie Dinmont Terriers are known for their independent and intelligent nature. They can be reserved around strangers but are generally affectionate and loyal towards their families. Despite their small size, they have a strong hunting instinct and may show aggression towards small animals if not properly trained. They are also known for their unique "lion's roar" of a bark.

Training a Dandie Dinmont Terrier requires patience due to their independent streak, but their intelligence makes them capable learners. They are generally good with children but, like all breeds, should be supervised to ensure safe interaction.

Overall, Dandie Dinmont Terriers are loyal, affectionate dogs that make excellent companions for those willing to meet their needs for moderate exercise and mental stimulation.

Fun Facts

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1918.

The Dandie, which was entered into the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1886, is the only AKC breed named after a fictional character.

According to the AKC, Dandie fanciers say that every Dandie alive today can be traced back to a dog name Old Ginger who was sired by a dog named Old Pepper

Queen Victoria of England owned a Dandie.