A pepper Dandie Dinmont Terrier Puppy

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Breed Characteristics

Likes to dig. An escape artist.

Is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier approved as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



The border region between England and Scotland.

Original Purpose

Hunter of mice, foxes, otters, and even badgers.

Behaviour and Temperament

Strong-minded, tenacious, “rough-and-tumble,” independent, affectionate, persistent.

What are some Physical Features of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier?

8 to 11 in (20 to 28 cm); 18 to 21 lb (8 to 9.5 kg). The hind legs are longer than the front legs. Colors are mustard (all shades of reddish brown), pepper (all shades of blue/gray). Puppies tend to be darker than adults.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Rough coat with a silky topknot. High maintenance; brush three times a week with a pin brush. Does best with professional care and periodic stripping or plucking, especially for the show dog. Light shedding.

Life Expectancy of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

13 to 15 years.

Have a Dandie Dinmont Terrier?

Health Concerns

Intervertebral disk disease, elbow problems.

Exercise Needs

Moderate to high.


Can adapt to any living situation.


Bonds to one person. Fairly good with children, especially if socialized early. Some are shy or unfriendly with strangers. Aggressive with other pets.


Average; may try to dominate owner.

Recommended Activities

Earthdog trials, obedience.