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Dandie Dinmont  terrier

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Your head is one of your main  characteristics, covered by silky hairs.  It has large eyes and a long, low torso. Its limbs are short and strong; and weather-resistant fur.

Personality:  Smart and sensible.

Energy Level : Moderately active.  

Good with children:  Yes.


Good with other dogs:  With supervision.


Grooming:  Seasonal.


Life Expectancy : 12-15  years old.

Bark Level: Bark when needed.


Its origin is little known. Unlike terriers in appearance and behavior, it is described as a loyal canine, calm and tolerant of other dogs, although it fights when prompted. Known for its strength, its main characteristic is  its short legs and long back. Can reach 28  cm and weigh 11  kg, has its training qualified as of moderate difficulty for inexperienced owners.

Country of Origin: Great Britain.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:  He has a friendly temperament, apt to work. It is independent and persistent, at the same time it is sensitive and affectionate.

HEAD: Large, but proportionate to body and size. Developed jaws.


Skull: Broad, forehead is well arched. The head is covered with soft, silky fur.  




Snout:  Its topline has a triangular hairless region.  Ratio to skull of 3:5.

Truffle:  black.

Jaws and Teeth:  Scissor bite with strong jaws.

Lips: Well developed.


Expression: Intelligent and alert.

Eyes: Dark brown, set well apart and set low. Large and round in size, but without bulge.

Ears : Dropped. Set well back, well apart, low, hanging against the cheeks with a slight elevation at the base; are broad at the junction of the head and tapering almost to a point. The front of the ear forms an almost straight line from the base to the tip. Both cartilage and skin are very thin. The total length of the ear is 7.5 to 10 cm. The coat color of the ears should harmonize with that of the body. In a dog with a pepper-colored coat, the ears are coated with a smooth, straight, dark coat (in some cases, almost black). In mustard colored specimens, the ear coat must also be mustard, however, in a darker tone than the rest of the coat, but never black. Both should have a fine fringe of light hair, growing about 5 cm from the tip, with a color and texture almost identical to the “topknot”, giving the ear a certain highlight. It is possible that this fringe only appears after the age of two.

NECK :  Neck well set on shoulders, muscular and well developed.


Chest: Developed and well let down between the forelegs.

Back: Low in relation to the level of the shoulders, well-muscled topline.

TAIL: Set on and carried at the level of the back, medium size, starts thick and gradually thins.



FOREQUARTERS: Short with great muscle and bone development  

Shoulders: Well set back without being heavy.

Feet: Facing forward, at rest slightly turned out.


Hocks: Well let down.

  Well developed.

Feet : Round and padded . Smaller than the previous ones.

  • GAIT / MOVEMENT: The impulse comes from the hind limbs, giving a fluent, free and easy step, with good reach of the forelegs.  

  • COAT

By: CKC double, with soft undercoat, which resembles the gauze, and by the harder cover, without wire, but that seems to touch rough. The hairs should not fall over the back, but should form tufts because of the hard hairs that run through the soft undercoat. The forelimbs have fringes of approximately 5 cm. The upper part of the tail is covered with stiff hairs and the lower part is covered with not-so-hard hairs, presenting an elegant fringe of softer hairs.

  • COLOR:

    1. Pepper:  It ranges from dark bluish black to light silver grey, with intermediate shades being preferred. The color of the trunk extends well over the shoulders and croup, gradually merging with the color of the limbs, which varies according to the color of the trunk, from deep brown to pale fawn. A rich silvery white “topknot”.

    2. Mustard: Ranges from reddish brown to pale fawn. An abundant cream-white “topknot”. The limbs and legs are darker than the head.


SIZE: Females - 20  at 25  cm/Males - 25  at 28  cm

  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well-being of the dog.  



• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

• Atypical dogs.

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