Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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Dandie Dinmont Terrier History

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier, or DdT, is a medium-sized terrier that originated in Scotland. The Dandie Dinmont is named for the River Den, which feeds into the River Tweed, which is in turn fed by the Rivers Deveron and Esk. It is said by some that the name means “dark river” in Scots. The Scotch Highland Cattle had been brought over to Scotland by Viking settlers, and the Scottish farmers began breeding the cattle with the native Otterhound, resulting in a short-legged, heavy-coated, and agile working-breed of dog. The finest examples of the early Scottish “otterhounds” were exported, and were crossed with foxhounds and sporting dogs to create larger, more athletic hunting dogs. The Dandie Dinmont evolved as one of these spaniels and was popular with the wealthy landowners of Scotland.

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Country of Origin

Scotland, England


English White Terrier, Otterhound, Dachshund

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Physical Characteristics

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a medium-sized, long-haired breed of terrier that was originally bred to hunt hare. They stand between 13 and 15 inches at the shoulders and weigh between 12 and 16 pounds. They have a long, lean body with a broad chest and a heavily feathered, thick, medium-length, weather-resistant, soft, multi-tonal coat. They have a rounded head with round, large, dark, almond-shaped eyes. They have a soft, wrinkly muzzle and a medium-length, wavy tail. They have a distinctive shaggy, shaggy appearance and a mischievous personality.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 18 – 24 lbs

Female Weight Range: 18 – 24 lbs

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Health Concerns

Intervertebral Disc Disease, Cushing’s Disease, Glaucoma, Corneal Opacities, Portosystemic Shunt

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Temperament and Behaviour

The Dandie Dinmont is a dignified, playful and highly intelligent breed of terrier. They are often aloof with strangers, but can be friendly and outgoing with their owners. They are loyal to their families, but tend to be wary of other dogs and animals. The Dandie Dinmont is confident and self-assured, but also likes to cuddle.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Activity Requirements

The Dandie Dinmont is a popular companion dog that originates from Scotland. They are considered “gentle giants,” as they are known to have a sweet temperament and gentle nature. While they are not the most athletically inclined, they do enjoy going for walks and playing games. They are not high-energy, but they do require some socialization and exercise. A daily walk or short play session is usually enough. If you are looking for a smaller, gentle dog, the Dandie Dinmont may be perfect for you. They require very little exercise and can make great companions for apartments and small homes.

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Daily Food

0.8 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Dandie Dinmont Terrier is part of the Terrier group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Dandie Dinmont Terrier is part of the Terrier group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Dandie Dinmont Terrier is part of the Terrier group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Dandie Dinmont Terrier is part of the Terrier group.

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