Dandie Dinmont Terrier


Named after Dandie Dinmont, a character in Sir Walter Scott’s 1814 book Guy Mannering, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an interesting combination of unusual but dignified appearance and hunting prowess. Overflowing with confidence for such a small dog, the Dandie would take on otters, badgers, and foxes without hesitation. Although the Dandie has retained its strong hunting instincts, the breed has somewhat “retired,” instead serving as a loyal family pet and companion.


Medium to small; 8 to 11 inches, 18 to 24 pounds.


Pepper or mustard.


Intelligent, dignified, independent. Affectionate with family but reserved with strangers; aggressive toward strange dogs. Good with kids if raised with them. Bold, determined, a hunter in the field.

Energy level:

Moderately high.

Best owner:

Active, confident owner in a suburban or rural home.


Daily exercise (walk or exploring in a safe area), leash, secure fencing (some will dig), obedience training, twice weekly brushing plus regular scissoring and shaping.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.