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Life span: 12-15 Years

Height: 8 – 11 inches

Weight: 18 – 24 lbs.

oted as being one of the calmest Terrier breeds, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier has fervent eyes and a topknot of hair on its head. Even though the Dandie only stands about 1 foot tall when full grown, it has the confidence of a large dog. The Dandie is distinguishable by its pepper colored coat of fluffy hair

Physical Characteristics

This small dog’s body is significantly longer than it is tall, with low hanging ears that flop down and a medium length tail that is down when resting. Its eyes are brown with a black nose. Their double coat is made up of a dense undercoat and a brittle overcoat. This breed comes in two coat color classifications: Pepper and Mustard. Pepper coats are any shade of grey and sometimes include white, while Mustard coats are any shade of brown and have a white topknot.


Originating in the Cheviot Hills between England and Scotland around the 1600s, this breed’s ancestors are unknown, and although it is certain that the rough Terrier was one of its ancestors, it is also believed the Otterhound and Dachshunds might have played a part on the creation of this breed as well. They were used as hunters, specifically to hunt otters and badgers. Their name originates when Sir William Scott created the character of Dandie Dinmont, that was based off of James Davidson, a farmer with two Terriers named Tarr and Pepper. Many saw the character as similar to Davidson, and began calling his dogs Dandie Dinmont’s Terriers. In 1830 Sir William Scott decided to breed a female with the Mertoun Dandie, resulting in a daughter that was later crossbred with a similar dog found wandering in the land of the 5th Duke of Buccleuch, producing then the “founding father” for this breed.


This intelligent dog can be stubborn at times, and although they might not begin a fight, they will not back down from one. They are loving and affectionate with their families and do well with older children but might not be the best for toddlers. They get along well with other household pets but are wary of strangers and strange animals and will often run after small animals.


This breed is prone to having back issues, so be careful when picking it up and don’t let them jump off or on high places. They can also suffer from:

Glaucoma, which causes pressure to build up in the eye and may lead to blindness or cause severe harm in just a few hours. Symptoms can include squinting, red eyes, tearing, eye rubbing, etc. It must be treated as soon as possible.

Epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can produce seizures.

Cheyletiella yasguri mites, which are mites that can infest any dog’s body and can be noticed through scaly skin, itching, redness on the skin, and small swollen areas that look like mosquito bites, as well as noticing the mites themselves moving on the dog’s skin.


This breed needs quite a bit of maintenance, starting with brushing its coat daily and hand stripping its coat of dead hair at least two times per year. However, they do not shed. Their nails should be trimmed regularly as well as its teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. Although they are not extremely high energy, they do require an hour of daily exercise that can be satisfied by simply playing in your backyard or going out for a small walk. Training can be difficult since they tend to be a little stubborn, but with positive reinforcement and patience it can be achieved.


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