Scolden Terrier

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25-40 lbs
10-24"
United States
Scottish Terrier
Golden Retriever
Golden Scottie
The Scolden Terrier is a hybrid mix of the Scottish Terrier and the Golden Retriever.  This may seem an odd mix but it results in an extremely intelligent canine who has the capacity to love and show affection, be a great watchdog and provide some interesting training sessions with his sometimes independent nature.  Breeding the Scottish Terrier to the Golden Retriever helps to modify some of the terrier attributes of the Scottie, such as improving adaptability, barking tendencies and friendliness with children, cats and dogs.  The more mellow personality of the Golden parent helps to modify the more hyper personality of the Scottie, creating a great mix for a family pet.
Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
Scottish Terrier, Golden Retriever

Scolden Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Scolden Terrier size stats
Height: 10-24 inches Weight: 25-40 lbs
Female Scolden Terrier size stats
Height: 10-24 inches Weight: 25-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Subaortic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Wobbler Syndrome
  • Chronic Inflammatory Hepatic Disease
  • Ichthyosis
  • Familial Nephropathy
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Leukodstrophies
Occasional Tests
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays

Scolden Terrier Breed History

The Scolden Terrier is a hybrid mix of the Scottish Terrier and the Golden Retriever.  There is very little information available on the hybrid itself, especially in regard to the place and date of origin.  We can most likely assume that the hybrid was created in the United States sometime during the late 1900's to early 2000's, when interest in mixing various purebred canines for a variety of reasons increased.  We will learn more about this odd mix of breeds by looking at the histories of the parent breeds.  The Scottish Terrier, as its name suggests, originates from Scotland, but until about 1436, the background of this breed is quite obscure.  It is said to go back to 55 B.C. during a time of Roman occupation of Britain when Pliny the Elder wrote about a "small dogs who would follow their quarry to the ground".  In 1436, a man named Don Leslie wrote a book on the history of Scotland in which he described a canine which resembled the Scottish Terrier.  The Scottish Terrier was a breed developed to hunt fox, rats and other vermin, tasks for which their smaller size made them perfect.  The Scottish Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and is the 58th most popular canine in their registry.  The Golden Retriever is also from the United Kingdom and can be traced back to the 1800's when Britain's sportsmen desired a canine that could retrieve game from the water as well as from the upland.  The Golden Retriever from the 1800's to present have changed very little and are still valued for the keen hunting nose and instincts as well as for their compatibility as a family companion.  The Golden Retriever was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1925 and is the 3rd most popular canine breed in their registry.  The Scolden Terrier itself is recognized by the Dog Registry of America.

Scolden Terrier Breed Appearance

The Scolden Terrier is a hybrid mix of the Scottish Terrier and the Golden Retriever and, as such, can inherit the appearance traits of one or both of the parent breeds.  Breeders and owners of the Scolden Terrier are describing them as standing about 15 inches tall and weighing 25 to 40 pounds.  The Scolden has almond-shaped brown eyes, a black nose and a scissors bite.  Your Scolden puppy will likely have floppy ears when he's born but they may not be floppy when he is fully grown. The Scolden Terrier is stockily built with broad and muscular forequarters. His tail will be like that of a Scottie with a bit of a curl. His coat is long and rough, similar to that of the Scottie that is fairly straight and coloring of black, grey or cream.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Scolden Terrier eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Scolden Terrier nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Scolden Terrier coat
Cream
gray Scolden Terrier coat
Gray
black Scolden Terrier coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Scolden Terrier straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Scolden Terrier Breed Maintenance

Your Scolden Terrier is in the moderate category of maintenance, having a long dense double coat which sheds constantly, making him not hypoallergenic.  This long dense double coat will require frequent brushing of two or three times a week to remove loose hair, debris, mats and tangles as well as to distribute the vital oils through the coat to keep it healthy and beautiful.  Bathe him only as needed. Your Scolden will need to have his ears checked weekly, cleaning them as needed with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear wash.  Be sure to check those toenails, too, on a weekly basis, trimming as needed unless he is able to keep them worn down with his normal exercise activities.  It is recommended, as it is for all canine breeds, to brush his teeth at home at least two or three times a week to prevent periodontal disease development and the tooth loss that goes along with it.  Your Scolden is in the low category of smell but in the moderate category for drooling.
Brushes for Scolden Terrier
Pin Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Scolden Terrier requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Scolden Terrier Temperament

Your Scolden Terrier, being a hybrid mix of the Scottish Terrier and the Golden Retriever, can inherit the temperament and personality traits of one or both of the parent breeds.  The Scottish Terrier and the Golden Retriever have very differing personalities and temperament, one being more hyper and energetic (the Scottie) while the other is more laid back and mellow (the Golden).  This interesting mix results in a canine who is energetic, friendly, alert, loving and playful.  This bio mix can also moderate some of the terrier tendencies, like improving adaptability, barking tendencies and friendliness of children, cats and dogs.  This medium-sized canine hybrid has a moderate hunting/prey drive as well as a moderate tendency to wander.  He doesn't bark unnecessarily so he'll fit into any noise restricted areas in which you might live.  He will need appropriate socialization at an early age to ensure that he'll get along well with children, cats and dogs, and, while he is a people type of dog, he may be wary of strangers until he is sure that there is no danger afoot for his human family, whom he loves very much.  He's doesn't tolerate being left alone for long periods of time, suffering from separation anxiety and boredom when he's not near you.  There exists an independent streak in the Scottie parent which, if moderated by the more dependent trait from the Golden parent, should make him more easily trained.  He'll have high energy levels that will need to be managed daily.

Scolden Terrier Activity Requirements

Your Scolden Terrier is an active, medium-sized canine and will require 1 to 2 hours of daily exercise.  This exercise can be accomplished with those oh so enjoyable daily walks a couple of times a day, romping and playing in the dog park or fenced back yard, interactive games of fetch, Frisbee, flu ball, earth dog activities and obedience and agility training and practice.  Management of his energy levels is very important to keep him happy, fit and healthy.  Depending upon which parent breed has the most influence in the bio mix, he may or may not (because of his size) be acceptable for apartment or condo living, but he will still need the appropriate type and amount of exercise on a daily basis.  He can also live quite nicely in a family home with or without a fenced yard in an urban or rural setting.  He does best in a moderate climate, but he can tolerate both hotter and colder temperatures with appropriate protection and precautions being taken.  Of particular note, be sure to keep your Scolden on leash whenever he is outside the house, fenced yard or other similar enclosure as he has a high hunting/prey/wandering potential.  This means that, without the leashing option, you could find yourself taking a longer walk than planned as you chase him through the neighborhood or through briar and brambles in pursuit of that small animal or interesting scent which has caught his attention.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Scolden Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Scolden Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Scolden Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 24 lbs
Female Scolden Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 24 lbs
12 Months
Male Scolden Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 32 lbs
Female Scolden Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 32 lbs
18 Months
Male Scolden Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 32 lbs
Female Scolden Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 32 lbs

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