Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Country of Origin: Scotland
Height: 20 – 28 cm (Adult, At the withers)
Weight: 8.2 – 11 kg (Adult)
Color: Pepper or mustard
Life Expectancy: 11 – 14 years
Temperament: Lively, Fun-loving, Companionable, Determined, Affectionate, Independent
Litter Size: 2 - 6 puppies
Health Problems: Generally a healthy breed. Some are prone to glaucoma and epilepsy. Hypothyroidism can occur when the dog is older. Do not overfeed, as an overweight dog can have back problems.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is good for apartment life. They are fairly active indoors and a small yard will do as long as you take them for daily walks.
Likes to chase, be careful when taking them off the leash. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a low to the ground, longer than he is tall, little dog.
The large head has a topknot that is in proportion to the body. The skull is broad between the ears, gradually tapering to the eyes.
The muzzle is deep, with a well-defined stop. The large teeth meet in a scissors bite. The moderately large nose and the lips are dark in color.
The large, round, wide-set eyes come in dark hazel with dark eye rims. The 3 to 4 inch (7-10 cm) ears are pendant, set low and wide, hanging close to the cheeks.
The legs are short with the back legs being a little longer than the front legs. The "scimitar" tail looks like a curved sword and is about 8 to 10 inches (20-25 cm) long, thicker for about 4 inches then tapering to a point.
Dewclaws may be removed when puppies are three or four days old. The coat is about 2 inches (5 cm) long, with a mix of soft and hard hairs.
Hair on the underside is softer in texture and the head is covered with an even softer, silky topknot.