Canine Breed Profile

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Breed Profile

First recorded as a distinct breed in about 1700 in the rough terrain between England and Scotland, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier distinguished himself as an otter and badger hunter extraordinaire. This breed is almost a Dachshund look-alike, except for the fact that everything that is correct in this breed is undesirable in the Dachshund. The Dandie Dinmont has an arched topline, a broad and relatively short head, tassels on the ears and a topknot of softer, silkier hair than on his body; it also has characteristic large eyes. They are, however, true terriers. The Dandie Dinmont may actually share a common ancestor with the Bedlington, though the two breeds have both been altered significantly over the past three hundred years of selective breeding, both physically and temperamentally. This breed makes a fine companion when raised well. Though the Bedlington has a coat that gets scissored when groomed, the Dandie Dinmont is a true wirehair that needs to be handstripped.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Distinguishing Characteristics

Short legged variety of the Bedlington Terrier with a curved top line and a distinctive head.

General Dandie Dinmont Terrier Information

AKC Group: Terrier FCI Group: Group 3- Section 2- Small Sized Terriers KC Group: Terrier
Country of Origin: Great Britain Patron Country: Great Britain Original Function: Hunting
Breed Variations: No Variations Body Type: Short Legged Coat Type: Scruffy Wire
Other Coat Types: None Coat Color: Pepper: varies between dark blueish black and light silver, Mustard: varies from dark red to light beige. Both colors have soft and light furnishings Relative Size: Small Medium
Male Height: 8-11" Male Weight: 18-24 lbs Female Height: 8-11"
Female Weight: 18-24 lbs