Coat

This is a very important point; the hair should be about 2in. long, that from skull to root of tail a mixture of hardish and soft hair, which gives a sort of crisp feel to the hand. The hard should not be wiry; the coat is what is termed pily or pencilled. The hair on the under part of the body is lighter in colour and softer than on the top. The skin on the belly accords with the colour of the dog.

Colour

The colour is pepper or mustard. The pepper colour ranges from a dark blueish black to a light silvery grey, the intermediate shades being preferred, the body colour coming well down the shoulder and hips, gradually merging into the leg colour. The mustards vary from a reddish-brown to a pale fawn, the head being a creamy white, the legs and feet of a shade darker than the head. The claws are dark, as in other colours. [Nearly all Dandie Dinmont terriers have some white on the chest, and some have also white claws].

Size

The height should be from 8in. to 11 in. at the top of shoulder. Length from top of shoulder to root of tail should not be more than twice the dog's height, but, preferably, 1in. or 2in. less.

Weight

From 141b. to 241b., the best weight as near 181b. as possible. These weights are for dogs in good working order.

The relative values of the several points in the standard are apportioned as follows: -

Value.

Head.....................

10

Eyes...........

10

Ears..............

10

Neck..................

5

Body.....................

20

Tail........................

5

60

Value.

Legs and feet............

10

Coat.....................

15

Colour...................

5

Size and weight......................

5

General appearance ...

5

40

Grand Total, 100.