Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Other names : Dandie, Hindlee Terrier, Charlie’s Hope Terrier, Mustard & Pepper Terrier

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Life expectancy

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 10 and 12 in
Male Between 10 and 12 in

Adult weight

Female Between 18 and 24 lb
Male Between 18 and 24 lb
Coat colour
Brown Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier costs approximately 1000£

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More details about the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier: Origins and history

We know of the Dandie from as far back as the year 1700, although he would not get his name until the 19th century, when novelist Sir Walter Scott created a character (in his novel “Guy Mannering”) based on the real life dog breeder James Davidson ; the character was named Dandie Dinmont, a farmer, and it is whispered that every modern Dandie can trace his lineage to Davidson’s real life terrier, Old Ginger. 
In fact, Old Ginger has his own statue at Selkirk, where the dog was born. It’s possible the breed originated as a cross between a Scottish Terrier and a Skye Terrier.
The Dandie prevailed admirably over the years, his unique appearance aptly matched by his status as the only dog breed named after a fictional character ; Louis I of France had two of the fellows at his feet, and in 1875 the Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club (DDTC) was founded – today it is the third eldest breed club in the world.
However, by the turn of the latest century, the Dandie was in trouble, with barely two-dozen pups being registered per year (way below the 300 required to surpass ‘vulnerable’ status).
Thanks to campaigning efforts by those such as breeder Paul Keevil, pup numbers have risen modestly without reaching safety. The kennel building where Old Ginger was born is being restored as a Dandie ‘discovery centre’ and work is being done to raise the profile of this rather unknown dog who suffers from fashionability rather than any practical or aesthetic drawback.

FCI classification of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier

  • Group 3 - Terriers

  • Section 2 : Small sized Terriers

Training a Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie is intelligent and keen to learn. However he can also be a bit stubborn and wilful. So an easy ride is not guaranteed.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier: Purchase price

The average price for a Dandie Dinmont Terrier dog is approximately £1000.

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier can cost around £25 - £35 per month to feed and maintain.

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