AKC PuppyFinder: Dandie Dinmont Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
  • Personality: Independent, proud, smart; affectionate at home, bold and tenacious in the field
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Not a frantic terrier, Dandies are fine with a couple of good walks a day and some vigorous play
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 8-11 inches
  • Weight: 18-24 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier's low-slung body belies his big-dog confidence. With typical terrier instincts, he'll give chase given the chance, but needs only moderate exercise on a leash or in a fenced yard. He's affectionate with his family, enjoys a good romp and is calmer than some terrier breeds. Your Dandie Dinmont puppy, with his very short legs, may seem awkward at first and he's not built to be a marathon runner, even as an adult. He responds best to motivational training with positive reinforcement.
History & Job

Origin: English-Scottish border

Year Recognized: 1886

Breed History & Job Description: If you’re ever a contestant on “Jeopardy!” and the final answer is “It’s the only AKC breed named for a fictional character,” please remember that the question is “What is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier?” In Sir Walter Scott’s 1815 novel “Guy Mannering” there’s a character named Dandie Dinmont, a farmer who keeps a pack of curious-looking pepper and mustard terriers. Scott based the fictional Dinmont on a real-life breeder of such dogs. During the years of the novel’s popularity, the dogs became known as “Dandie Dinmont’s terriers.”


Dandie Dinmont Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like lymphoma. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Dandie Dinmont Terriers are healthy dogs.

Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:

  • No recommended health tests
Breed Club
  • Breed Club: Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://ddtca.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2015 Popularity: 172
  • Breed Club Rescue: Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: forluvofdandies@yahoo.com (Janette Shorrock)
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: (734) 206-4563
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://ddtca.org/?page_id=38
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