Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Published: Last updated: by Kyle J. Larson

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

Dandie Dinmont TerrierA small dog with a big dog personality, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier can adapt to apartment living or wide open, rural digs. He originated in the Cheviot Hills between England and Scotland hundreds of years ago, and today is a confident, intelligent and independent pup.

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.

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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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