Dandie Dinmont Terrier Resource

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

This terrier with the topknot takes its unusual name from Dandie Dinmont, a character in Sir Walter Scott’s novel ‘Guy Mannering.’ Dinmont was a farmer who kept six of the terriers, known for their boldness in going after otter and badger. Both in the book and in real life, the spunky dogs feared nothing that came with a hairy skin on it. This type of terrier existed about 100 years before Scott immortalized it. The breed was created in Cheviot Hills that bordered England and Scotland. Its body is long and low with a curved outline and a large, distinctive head that’s in proportion to the size of the dog. The dog wears an expression of intelligence, dignity and determination. Height ranges from 8 to 11 inches at the top of the shoulder; preferred weight is 18 to 24 pounds. The coat is about 2 inches long and has a crisp texture, but the head is covered with soft, silky hair. Expect to groom the coat, which may be pepper- or mustard-colored, about three times a week. The Dandie Dinmont is a fine housedog for any home, easily adapting to rough-and-tumble country living or more confined life an apartment, as long as it gets a daily walk. It likes children and is an excellent watchdog. Like most terriers, it can be willful and sometimes reluctant to obey commands, so begin training early and be firm.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Great Britain
Medium Dog Breed
Pepper or mustard.

Crisp outer hair, soft undercoat. Silky on head.


Occasional grooming. Brush weekly. Professional stripping and scissoring will be needed to maintain the characteristic look and outline.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 14 years
AKC Group:
Terrier Group
UKC Group:
Longer than tall
Proportionate to height
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