Dandie Dinmont Terrier Dog Breed Facts & Information

If you're looking for a dog that's small in stature but has a big dog personality, then the Dandie Dinmont terrier may be the perfect dog for you. You won't find a pup with a more charming name!

These short, long little fluff balls are known as the "gentlemen" (and ladies) of the terrier breed due to their calmer temperament. But probably their most recognizable feature is their fluffy little top knot atop their heads. If you love terriers but would prefer one with a little less energy, then these dogs really might be the Dandie for you!

The Basics

Dandie Dinmonts are a part of the terrier breed, but they're known for being a bit demure than the average terrier. Although, when given the opportunity, they can go full terrier energy. These little cuties have short legs and long bodies reminiscent of a corgi, and trust us, they're just as adorable as they waddle along.

Overall, Dandie Dinmonts are known to be healthy dogs, but some common ailments in them include liver shunts, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, intervertebral disc disease, and glaucoma.

The History

Dandie Dinmonts originated in the Cheviot Hills area between England and Scotland. They were named after a character, Dandie Dinmont, in Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering published in 1814. Scott loved the dogs so much that he added them to the novel, and after that, the name stuck. The dogs were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886, and they currently rank 167th.

The Personality

Dandie Dinmonts make delightful companion dogs, and they love to be around their family. They don't have as much energy as your typical terrier, and they don't need quite as much exercise. Dandies are very good around children, especially when they've been around them from an early age, so they make excellent family dogs. But be careful, because Dandies do have the independent streak common in terriers, and they can be a little headstrong.

Dandie's take well to training, and their inherent independence is the reason you should start them on training early. They're smart and easy to please, so with proper dedication they can be trained into a wonderful, loyal companion.

The Appearance

Dandies typically have beautiful gray or reddish brown coat peppered with white. Their distinctive pouf on the top of their head is unmistakeable, and their short little legs define their unique stature. A Dandie doesn't shed much, but it does need to be brushed regularly to keep its coat free of mats and tangles. Its coat needs to be shaped every 4-6 weeks, so that it maintains its unique shape. That probably means regular professional grooming, unless you're skilled with the scissors yourself.

Dandie Dinmont essential facts:

  • Personality: Independent, smart, proud
  • Energy Level: Somewhat active, but not quite as high energy as other terriers
  • Barking Level: Moderate
  • Shedding: Infrequently
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Good with Children: Better with supervision
  • Trainability: Very good
  • Height: 8-11 inches
  • Weight: 18-24 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

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