Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Scotland
Group: Terrier
Height: 10-11 in.
Weight: males 19-23 lbs., females 18-21 lbs.
Life span: 15 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: sometimes dog-aggressive, will chase small animals

The Scottish Terrier of today came into being in 1890 after it was developed in Scotland beginning in 1700. Until 1890 it was known as the Aberdeen terrier, named for the town where it was raised.

What does the Scottish Terrier look like?

The Scottie as it is affectionately called, is a compact dog with short legs. Average height is 10-11 inches tall and weight is about 18-23 lbs. Its head is fairly long with a large nose. Eyes are deep set with bushy eyebrows. They are almond-shaped and dark brown. Ears are thin, erect with pointed tips. The tail is set high and carried upright. The Scottie’s coat is coarse, dense and wiry with a soft undercoat and is weather resistant. The coat needs frequent brushing and stripping about twice a year. Colors are black, brindle and wheat.

What is the Scottish Terrier’s temperament?

The Scottie is usually a one-person dog although its affection extends to the entire family. It is wary of strangers. The Scottie is very lively and loves to play with children. It is a courageous, independent and intelligent dog. It has a sensitive side that needs a gentle hand with training. Early obedience training is important to prevent undesirable habits from developing.

What are the Scottish Terrier’s uses?

The Scottish Terrier was originally bred to hunt foxes, badgers, otter and rabbits. Although it is no longer used for hunting, it can be seen advertising Scotch whiskey, a favorite on greeting cards and on toys. The Scottie is, above all else today, a lively, lovable companion dog.

Possible Health Issues

Patellar luxation, cerebellar abiotrophy, von Willebrand’s Disease, craniomandibular osteopathy (CMD)

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