The breed has been known all over the world since the 18th century. They began to be bred in the UK to hunt small rodents and pests such as weasels, martens, rats, and mice.
From their ancestors, the dandy dinmont terrier dogs inherited a subtle sense of smell, the ability to track prey, and an active character.
An adult dog grows up to 28 cm at the withers and weighs 8 to 11 kg.
The tail is thick, up to 28 cm. The legs are short and wide apart, the hind legs are slightly longer than the front ones.