Scottish Terrier

The Scottie as the breed is otherwise known can be easily recognized through its shaggy beards and eyebrows. It is a small dog yet surprisingly fast, playful and alert. The Scottish Terrier is beloved from the Disney animated film, Lady and the Tramp. This playful breed is a wonderful companion for many people. The history of the Scottish Terrier dates back to the 1700s. The breed has its roots in Aberdeen, Scotland and hence its earlier name, the Aberdeen Terrier. The dogs found their way to the US in the 1890s. The Fourth Earl of Dumbarton gave the dogs a nickname, Little Diehards. In those days, the Scottish Terrier was used to hunt badgers, fox, otter and rabbits among other den animals.

The Scottish Terrier, or Scotties, is a short-legged and heavy boned dog breed. This gives one the impression of a small but powerful dog. They have a dense undercoat and an outer coat that is wiry. The bodily fur can stretch up to a length of 2 inches. An ideal terrier should attain the height of 10 inches. Their weight ranges from between 18-22 pounds. If taken care of properly, Scotties can live for between 11-13 years. Personality: The loving and gentle nature of Scotties make them ideal pets that all family members can bond with. The dog is also known to be aggressive when other dogs or animals cross its path. It protects its territory aggressively. It is friendly to the human family it lives with and can be reserved at times. Scottish Terriers are meant for indoor living including apartments. They are more active indoors than outdoors. Even if you live in compound without a yard or in an apartment, the dog will be quite at home. Scotties are good with children but there is a condition, you must teach your children to show leadership over the dog. As such, they do not fit well in homes with little children. A lot of training is needed to make the dog adapt to the family’s way of life. In as much as you train the dog to be social and fit in with the rest of the family, you must do the same with everyone who interacts with the dog on a daily basis.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Function
Life Span
10-13 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
The Aberdeen Terrier, The Scottie, The Aberdeenie, Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier Build Information

Size
Small
Length (Male)
8-12 in.
Length (Female)
10-12 in.
Weight
< 14 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Cold

The Scottish Terrier, or Scotties, is a short-legged and heavy boned dog breed. This gives one the impression of a small but powerful dog. They have a dense undercoat and an outer coat that is wiry. The bodily fur can stretch up to a length of 2 inches.

An ideal terrier should attain the height of 10 inches.

Their weight ranges from between 18-22 pounds. If taken care of properly, Scotties can live for between 11-13 years.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The loving and gentle nature of Scotties make them ideal pets that all family members can bond with. The dog is also known to be aggressive when other dogs or animals cross its path. It protects its territory aggressively. It is friendly to the human family it lives with and can be reserved at times. Scottish Terriers are meant for indoor living including apartments. They are more active indoors than outdoors.

Even if you live in compound without a yard or in an apartment, the dog will be quite at home.

Scotties are good with children but there is a condition, you must teach your children to show leadership over the dog. As such, they do not fit well in homes with little children. A lot of training is needed to make the dog adapt to the family’s way of life. In as much as you train the dog to be social and fit in with the rest of the family, you must do the same with everyone who interacts with the dog on a daily basis.

Appearance

Colors
Black Red-Black Brindle Wheaten
Shedding
None
Grooming
High Maintenance
Coat Type
Wiry

A Scottie's wiry coat requires regular brushing. You should trim your Scottish Terrier at least two times a year. As part of the grooming exercise, leave the dog's hair standing long. Trim the facial hairs slightly and brush them forward.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
No
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • Scottish Terriers are the only dog breed known to have resided in the White House three times: US presidents Bush, Eisenhower and Roosevelt all had Terriers as part of their families while they were in power
  • The Scottie is also used as piece in Monopoly, a popular board game

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Common Health Conditions in Scottish Terriers

The Scottish Terrier can suffer from Scottie cramp which is a problem associated with movement. Other health issues include skin and jaw problems, allergic reactions to fleas and a condition known as Von Willebrand\'s disease.

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