Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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A small dog with a big dog personality, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier can adapt to apartment living or wide-open, rural digs.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 8in - 0ft 11in
Weight: 18-24lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly1/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty4/5
  • Shedding Amount1/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Information

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is uniquely shaped, with a long, low body and sword-like tail. His coat has been described as pepper and mustard. A little bit calmer than other terriers, the does fine with a walk or vigorous play daily.


He originated in the Cheviot Hills between England and Scotland hundreds of years ago, and today is a confident, intelligent and independent pup.

With a long, silky topknot atop their distinctive domed head, and a body as tough as it is adorable, these pint-sized pups have been prized for centuries as skilled hunters and devoted companions.

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Training and Temperament

But don’t let their diminutive size fool you – these terriers are feisty little things with a fierce determination that belies their cuddly appearance. Training a Dandie Dinmont requires patience and consistency, but with the right approach, these dogs can be taught to be well-mannered and obedient.

One key aspect of Dandie Dinmont training is socialization. These dogs can be somewhat reserved with strangers, and exposing them to various people and situations from an early age is important to help them become confident and well-adjusted adults.

When it comes to temperament, Dandie Dinmonts are generally calm and even-tempered, but they can also be fiercely protective of their family and territory. They are intelligent and curious, with a strong prey drive, so it is important to keep them well-supervised and properly exercised to prevent them from becoming destructive or anxious.


Grooming a Dandie Dinmont is not a particularly laborious task, but it does require some dedication. These dogs have a coat that doesn’t shed but needs to be stripped of dead hair, so regular brushing and bathing are necessary to keep them looking and feeling their best. Additionally, their nails should be trimmed regularly to prevent them from getting too long and causing discomfort.

Overall, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a delightful breed that is well-suited for families looking for a loyal, affectionate companion. With the right training and care, these charming little dogs can bring a lifetime of joy and entertainment to any home.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Dandie Dinmont Terriers be apartment dogs?

The Dandie Dinmont Terriers does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can Dandie Dinmont Terriers be left alone?

While Dandie Dinmont Terriers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Dandie Dinmont Terriers good with kids?

Dandie Dinmont Terriers can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Dandie Dinmont Terriers friendly with strangers?

Although Dandie Dinmont Terriers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Dandie Dinmont Terriers get along with other dogs?

Expect Dandie Dinmont Terriers to not get along well with other dogs. Socializing this breed to other dogs may be a difficult process.

Do Dandie Dinmont Terriers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Dandie Dinmont Terriers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Dandie Dinmont Terriers shed a lot?

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier rarely, or never, sheds. They're excellent for someone who doesn't want to clean up much dog hair.

Do Dandie Dinmont Terriers need a lot of grooming?

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier requires continued maintenance to keep their coats in healthy condition. They're not the most demanding but are on the higher end.

Do Dandie Dinmont Terriers need a lot of exercise?

A Dandie Dinmont Terrier will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Dandie Dinmont Terriers easy to train?

Most Dandie Dinmont Terriers are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Dandie Dinmont Terriers handle cold weather?

Although Dandie Dinmont Terriers can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Dandie Dinmont Terriers handle hot weather?

Although Dandie Dinmont Terriers can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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