Dog breeds: Dandie dinmont terrier characteristics and behavior

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier dog is a Scottish version of the Terrier family. He is nicknamed the gentleman of this family.

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The Dandie Dinmont Terrier dog is a Scottish version of the Terrier family. He is nicknamed the gentleman of this family.


There is no agreement on the origins of this peculiar small dog.  Records seem to place him in the early 1700s, time at which he was first recorded as a type of dog breed.  He is the result of crossing selected specimens of the native terriers from the border between England and Scotland.  The specific breeds involved in these crossings is a topic of controversy.

Unlike most terriers, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier dog has not changed significantly since it was created.  They were originally created to hunt otters and badger.  The AKC officially recognized it in 1884.

Physical characteristics

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier dog has a long body and short hair.  For the hunting skills, his neck is muscular.  Their size makes them ideal house pets.  They can weight between 18 and 24 pounds and be 8 to 11 inches tall.


These dogs are intelligent, tenacious, and independent, a typical terrier.  They are not barkers, but rather reserved.  They are affectionate with their owners.  The Dandie Dinmont Terrier dog is very confident and is not out there looking for a fight.

They are friendly and are appropriate for children.  Although he is a hunting dog, these abilities are rarely used today.  He does make a great guard dog and companion.

Caring for a Dandie Dinmont Terrier dog

As long as they get time with their family, these dogs will adapt to city or country life.  A daily 20- to 30-minute walk should be enough for these pets.  Remember that this is a terrier and, therefore, will dig.  So, make sure you keep him on check or provide his own digging space.

Do not let him go unleashed in an open area.  The slightest movement of a bird, squirrel, or mouse will make him go after them.


Dandies are independent thinkers, so training requires a lot of patience.  They will be reluctant to following your command plus they get bored with repetitive activities.  Have fun and make the training fun for your dog.  He is also intelligent, so he should pick up quickly.

Fun facts

  • Queen Victoria was the loving owner of a Dandie.
  • The name comes from a funny name of a book written by Sir Walter Scott in 1814.  The name of the character was Dandie Dinmont

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