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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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Dandie Dinmont Terrier (Gray & White, Side View)
Gray & White, Side View

Breed Information


2022: #186

2021: #174

2020: #181

2019: #174

2018: #176

2017: #182

2016: #167

2015: #172

Name Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Other names Dandie, Hindlee Terrier
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:1886 & UKC)
Size Small to Medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years








Height 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Weight 18-24 pounds (8-11 kg)





Litter Size 3-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $3000 USD

Today the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is one of the rarest and most endangered of all purebred dogs. The Kennel Club in England has put it on their list of endangered native breeds and many fear that it will become extinct. Purchasing a Dandie Dinmont Terrier puppy from decent breeders can be too expensive. Based upon their breeding, they generally cost you around $1,500 to $3,000.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is good for apartment life. They are fairly active indoors and a small yard will do as long as you take them for daily walks. Likes to chase, be careful when taking them off the leash.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

4 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

4 stars

Exercise Needs

3 stars

Dandie Dinmonts need to be walked daily. They will also enjoy sessions of play in the park or other safe open areas.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a unique look that requires regular grooming. His coat must be scissored and shaped every four to six weeks to maintain its distinctive appearance. A professional groomer familiar with the breed can do that for you, or you can learn to trim the coat yourself.

Health Issues

2 stars

Hypoallergenic: Yes


3 stars

Ranking: #62 Full Ranking List


3 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.

Stranger Friendly

3 stars


3 stars

Moderately Easy Training: Although it can be stubborn, training is not difficult.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Dandie Dinmont Terrier Puppy (Face, Muzzle)
Face, Muzzle

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Max Bella
02 Cooper Daisy
03 Rocky Molly
04 Jack Lucy
05 Oliver Emma
06 Tucker Coco
07 Teddy Lilly
08 Gizmo Ellie
09 Diesel Stella
10 Marley Sasha
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


Unlike the prototypical terrier, the Dandie is made up of a series of curves, topped off with a long, scimitar-shaped tail. It is almost twice as long as tall, constructed to go to ground after tough quarry. Its hind legs are definitely longer than its front legs. Its gait is free and easy. It has a distinctive coat made up of about two-thirds hardish (not wiry) hair and one-third soft hair, about 2 inches in length. The head is covered with soft, silky hair, lending to the appearance of a large head. The topknot also enhances the expression, which is determined, dignified, soft and wise.

The Dandie Dinmont is no "dandified" dog; it is rough-and-tumble and ready for the hunt. Yet it functions well as a dignified house pet, affectionate but not doting. It is a loyal companion suitable for people of all ages, but it does need daily exercise to keep it from becoming frustrated. It is intelligent and very independent. It tends to be reserved with strangers and aggressive toward strange dogs. Some dig.


The Dandie Dinmont is an old terrier dating back to the 1700s, originating from the border area between England and Scotland. The breed may have been developed from the Skye Terrier and the now extinct Scotch Terrier (not to be confused with today's Scottish Terrier). The breed was popular among the gypsies and was used by farmers to kill vermin. With its short legs it was able to go to ground hunting badgers and otter. In 1814 Sir Walter Scott wrote about the breed in his famous novel "Guy Mannering." In the book there was a character named Dandie Dinmont, and that is where the breed got its name. It was recognized by the AKC in 1886. Some of the Dandie Dinmont's talents are vermin catcher, hunting rabbit, otter, badger, martens, weasels and skunks.


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