Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The unusually titled Dandie Dinmont is a rarely seen dog in the UK and belongs to the terrier group.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier breed group


Size of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier


Country of Origin


Time of original development

Around the 1600s.

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier’s uses through History

The Dandie Dinmont was used to hunt foxes, otters and vermin. Today, this rare breed of dog is kept simply as a companion pet.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier Introduction and Overview

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is also known as the Dandie, Hindlee Terrier or simply the DDT. It takes its name from Sir Walter Scott’s book Guy Mannering.

The Dandie Dinmont is a low-set dog with an elongated body, with a wide head covered in distinctive facial hair. Sadly, it’s a rare breed and actually features as one of the dogs on the Kennel Club’s Vulnerable Native Breed list. This list is monitoring the numbers of breeds at risk, with attention to breeds with less than 300 registrations in a year. There were just 88 new dogs registered in 2015.

The DDT is a long dog for its size. Care should be taken on stairs, and excessive jumping up and down should be discouraged to avoid potential spinal problems.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier temperament

The DDT is an energetic, enthusiastic, friendly dog with a confident attitude. It is a dog that loves the company of people, and children too. It is generally sociable and friendly with other dogs. Care should be taken around cats, and contact with other smaller pets in the family should be avoided.

Colour varieties of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont  breed comes in 2 colours which include:

  • Mustard
  • Pepper

Size and weight of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Height bitch 20-28cms

Height dog 20-28cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 8-11kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 8-11kgs

Exercise requirements of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont requires an hour of exercise off the lead daily. It’s a small dog, making it adaptable to most living spaces. The Dandie Dinmont can happily live in a city or apartment as long as it receives the adequate amount of exercise and stimulation.

Is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. The DDT can be difficult to train, due to its stubborn streak. New owners should also be aware of the grooming costs involved for this particular breed.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier coat length

Medium.The DDT has a harsh coat. The featherings on the abdomen and legs can grow very long, without regular trimming and grooming. The DDT requires daily brushing with a soft slicker brush to remove mud, twigs, tangles and matts.. The coat requires professional clipping and shaping every 8-12 weeks. Expect to pay £30-£40 for a full grooming session for your DDT.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


No. This breed sheds so is an unsuitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The DDT is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded in the breed and consult their breeder:

  • Spinal problems
  • Cancer

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

A healthy Dandie Dinmont  should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 11-13 years.

Approximate Dandie Dinmont Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £850 for a pedigree Dandie Dinmont puppy. Litters are few and far between, so expect to wait for available litters. There are generally 3-5 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Dandie Dinmont Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog 10kgs requires 185gms of complete dry food daily. The weekly cost of feeding a 10kgs bitch or dog is around £4.50

Our figures are based on feeding an above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the terrier group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment