Dandie Dinmont Terrier Puppies & Breed Information

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

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Breed Information

Breed Group: Terrier

Weight: 18-24 lbs

Height: 8-11 inches

Color(s): pepper (all shades of gray and silver) or mustard (all shades of brown and fawn). Dandie Dinmont puppies are much darker than adults.


A playful and affectionate dog, they make wonderful companions. Proper socialization is necessary if this breed is to be placed with small children, or non-canine animals. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an intelligent breed that is known for easy trainability.


As are most terriers, the Dandie Dinmont is independent. This breed does tend to shy away from strangers, but given the proper socialization, will thrive in new environments. This lively and beautiful little Terrier makes a wonderful companion and will bring a lot of joy.


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier does best in a home with older children, but given the situation can make a great family pet. It is recommended that this breed not be placed with non-canine pets, however if raised from puppyhood, there should be no problems. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is an entertaining and intelligent breed that loves to play, and obey his owner.


Regular brushing is necessary for this longhaired breed. This breed sheds little to no hair, however can shed lightly. Requires professional grooming if owner is not trained to do so themselves. Dead hair should be plucked. Bathe when necessary.


Crisp coat containing both soft and coarse hair. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a longhaired breed that requires quite a bit of coat maintenance to keep hair free from tangles. Hard, crisp hair should be not wiry; hair on head should be soft and silky.


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier requires a firm yet gentle hand, as they can be stubborn at times. However, training is relatively simple with this intelligent breed. Does not do well with obedience training. Short attention span.


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is good for apartment life. Indoor activities should be sufficient for this small, yet sturdy breed. A small yard is recommended, but not required. Regular exercise would be best.


Help reduce the number of dogs in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.

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Updated: 11/23/2014

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