Breed Information Centre

Dandie Dinmont Terrier


Illustration of Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Those who have read Sir Walter Scott’s 'Guy Mannering' will recognise the name Dandie Dinmont. This fictional character gave the breed its name. The colours by which these dogs are known, mustard and pepper, were adopted from the names of Mannering’s dogs.

The Dandie looks sedate but can move very quickly. He is an intelligent chap with a will of his own – not the most obedient of pets. Devoted to children, he can melt the hardest of hearts with his soulful expression and enjoys, and asks for, plenty of attention.

The breed comes from the same root stock as many others from the north of England and the borders between England and Scotland. The Dandie was developed in the 1600s for badger and otter hunting.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.

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