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Dandie Dinmont Terrier – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: 18 to 24 pounds
Height: 8 to 11 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: Low

Adopt a Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Dog Breed Guide


Star of the “Guy Mannering” and famous for being a French monarch’s preferred companion dog to breed; the Dandie Dinmont Terrier has turned from a hunting dogs of Britain’s border regions to a global personality known to intellectuals and the nobility.

Official Name

Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Other Name – Dandie Dinmont’s Terrier


Date – 1700’s / Country – Scotland
Family / Group – Terrier

Recognized By

Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Club Español de Terriers (Spanish Terrier Club)
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier can trace its origins in the seventeenth century, having been bred from the Border regions of the countries of England and Scotland. Their original purpose was to hunt otters and badgers. But the dog reached public and global limelight during the middle 1810’s for having published! Sir Walter Scott, author of the famous 18th century book, the Guy Mannering, included these dogs in the story. The lead character Danie Dinmont owned six of these dogs, which is also where they got their name! They book and the dog became so famous that by 1845, France’s King Louis Philippe owned a pair!


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier dogs are an affectionate lot, showing love and devotion to their family. But they are also independent dogs that will show reservation. These dogs possess high intelligence that matches their strong determination.

Bred For

Hunting rabbit, otter, badger, martens, weasels and skunks as well as catching vermin. Today they are famous for being one of the best companion dog breeds.


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is good for apartment life. Homes with small yards are ideal.


Regular brushing of their double coat is a must! They require professional grooming. These dogs are known to shed little to no hair.


Training is not that difficult but should be done with firm and consistent hands.


Glaucoma, lens luxation and disk disease are the most common health concerns of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier dog breed.


Daily walks with them are a must for Dandie Dinmont Terrier dog owners. These small companion pets will enjoy play time at the park!