Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was developed in the Border country between Scotland and Englandthe in the 17th century to hunt badgers, foxes, rats, and weasels. These dogs were first known as Mustard and Pepper terriers. Easily recognized by his distinctive head with beautiful silky covering, with large, wise intelligent eyes offsetting long body, the Dandie Dinmont is a perfect family companion and watchdog. Independent, highly intelligent, determined, persistent, sensitive, affectionate and dignified.

Although Dandies can be expected to reach 12 to 15 years of age, they leave middle age and become senior citizens at seven years of age. At this time it is best to include a geriatric blood panel in your Dandie's annual physical examination. Be sure to include thyroid function in the blood panel as hypothyroidism is a common ailment in older Dandies.

The coat is a very important feature of the breed. Double coat with a soft linty undercoat and a harder topcoat, not wiry but giving crisp feel to the hand. The weatherproof coat is a mixture of coarse and soft hair. Preferred colors include pepper or mustard. Pepper ranges from dark bluish black to light silvery gray. Profuse silvery white "topknot". Mustard ranges from reddish brown to fawn. Profuse white creamy "topknot", legs and feet of darker shade than head with some white hair on chest.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Photo courtesy of Elevage de Cynoeole


  1. FCI-Standard # 168/01.12.1997/GB
  2. Betty-Anne Stenmark. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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