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Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

The Dandie Dinmont Terrier, also often called as the Mustard or Pepper Terrier. Its origin is in Scottland. According to the FCI it is a terrier, section 2.
It is one of the most intelligent dog races worldwide, which also got its literary name from Sir Walter Scott and his novel "Guy Mannering" (1814). Dandie Dinmont Terrier have a great hunting instinct. Because of this, the Terrier was used for hunting small carnivorans, like for example rabbits, badgers or otters in the past. In modern times the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a popular pet dog in Great Britain.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is one of the bravest small dogs.

Origins of Breed

The Scottish Dandie Dinmont Terrier is known since 1814. The Scottish author Sir Walter Scott mentioned this dog race in his novel "Guy Mannering". Because of this the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a popular dog in Great Britain. Its origin is unknown, but speculative it is a crossing between many terriers. The hunters needed a small dog with short legs, which is quite strong and persistent and had a great hunter instinct. Its hair had to be waterproofed. They needed something like a hunter assistant, to intrude dens and kill small carnivorans.
The breed began in 1870 in Great Britain. At that time this dog race was very popular. In the mid of the century Queen Victoria got a Dandie Dinmont Terrier.


The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a small, muscular dog, which can reach 25 cm and weigh about 11 kg. It can have the colours pepper or mustard, so that it is also called the Mustard or Pepper Terrier.
This race has rough, short hair, which is also waterproofed.
Its visage appeals intelligent, its eyes are round and dark.
Its legs are curt, but strong and muscular.
A lot of people say, that the Dandie Dinmont Terrier looks similar to the West Highland White Terrier.

Character and Temperament

This dog race is a real philosopher. First it thinks about a thing, after this he reacts.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a perfect hunter, because of its instinct. Even today a lot of hunters need this dog race to go rabbiting. But it is not only a hunter, it is also the perfect companion dog.
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a brave, eager to work and independent small dog, which is very intelligent and determined. It can be stubborn, but also sensitive, devoted and graceful.
This dog race is very intelligent, but its owner has to be intelligent, too. Otherwise the Dandie Dinmont Terrier will not be biddable. If it is not well educated, the Terrier can also react aggressive in some situations.
It is a good dog for people with a lot of time. Sometimes this race acts very sceptical to children.

Required Traits for Showing

You will not see the Dandie Dinmont Terrier often on showings. It is not the typical beauty with long, shiny hair. It's a hunting dog, which loves to do walkaways and other stuff like this.