The Dandie Dinmont Terrier`s origins are from the border of England and Scotland where there is a link to ancestry with the Bedlington Terrier, Skye Terrier, Otterhound and English Terrier. Developed for hunting small game like badgers and foxes, Dandie Dinmonts were also used by poachers and gypsies. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was particularly good at tracking otters.
Dandie Dinmont Terriers are playful and intelligent companions who, deep down inside, have a true terrier spirit. When these canines are excited the Dandie can be a veritable demon who will tackle a fox or other small vermin. However, the peaceful personality denies his inner hunting instincts. A Dandie Dinmont Terrier thrives on human companionship and should not be left alone.
Coat and Color: Soft, linty undercoat and harder topcoat, not wiry and feeling crisp to the hand. They have a soft topknot on the head. The breed`s color is pepper (from bluish black to pale silvery gray) or mustard (from reddish brown to pale fawn).
Head: Strongly made and large, not out of proportion to the dog s size, the muscles showing extraordinary development, more especially the maxillary. Skull broad between the ears, getting gradually less towards the eyes, and measuring about the same from inner corner of the eye to back of skull as it does from ear to ear. The forehead well domed. The head is covered with very soft silky hair, which should not be confined to a mere topknot, and the lighter in colour and silkier it is the better.