Dandie Dinmont Terrier
silhouette basset hound, with a slightly curved back
cut without indication, between 20 and 30 cm at the withers
weight Weight from 8 to 11 kg Light weights are preferred.
hair mixture of hard and soft hairs, abundant and shaggy on the skull forming a toupet (top-knot).
dress pepper (shades of gray) or mustard (shades of fawn or sand).
head strong with well-developed jaws and a domed skull.
ear drooping, they are flattened against the cheeks.
tail carried cheerfully but not too high
behaviour Terrier full of drive and able to work. Independent, highly intelligent, resolute, tenacious, sensitive, affectionate and dignified.
federation FCI Nomenclature Group 3, Section 2, No. 168
The Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a dog breed that belongs to the terrier group. This short-legged terrier was probably created in the 18th century in the Borders region of Scotland. Certain morphological and historical clues seem to indicate that this dog would come from a cross between Skye Terrier and Otterhound. This crossing would have been carried out to obtain a very effective dog in otter hunting, a job in which his two ancestors excel. The Dandie would be the main ancestor of the Bedlington terrier. The legend says that the Dandie was first a dog of Bohemians. It is certain that its first recognized breeders were farmers, notably a certain Piper Allan and his son James Allan. It was Sir Walter Scott's novel Guy Mannering that popularized the breed by featuring a character named Dandie Dinmont and his terriers, all named Pepper (Pepper) or Mustard (Mustard). The Dandie was in fact a fashionable breed from 1814, the year the novel was published. He was one of the first dog breeds recognized by the official cynophilia. Today however, the Dandie is a rare breed. In England, the births are more than 150 per year, but in France it is the rarest Scottish terrier with barely ten annual births. Still, the Dandie is a charming, good-tempered and confident little dog. He is very affectionate, playful and has lost none of his talent as a hunter. Like three of its 4 Scottish cousins, the Dandie needs to be groomed. Like all terriers, he is a very hardy dog capable of reaching 16 years of age in very good health.