16-20 lbs
United States
Scottish Terrier
The Scotchi is a popular hybridization between the Scottish Terrier and the Chihuahua.  This designer dog is small and may also be known as the Scotchahua.  Despite its popularity and registry on several competitive dog registries, not much is known about the Scotchi.  Currently, the Scotchi is recognized by four competitive breed registries in the United States and Internationally, including the American Canine Hybrid Club and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club.  The Dog Registry of America and the International Designer Canine Registry also recognize the Scotchi.  The Scotchi is a bold character that needs plenty of attention and is better suited for homes without children. This cute and spunky dog averages 16 to 20 pounds in weight and stands 8 to 11 inches high. He will charm you and provide plenty of entertainment!
Date of Origin
Scottish Terrier and Chihuahua

Scotchi Health

Average Size
Male Scotchi size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 16-20 lbs
Female Scotchi size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 16-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cushing’s Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Blood Analysis
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests

Scotchi Breed History

The Scotchi is a popular hybrid, bred between the Scottish Terrier and the Chihuahua.  Despite its popularity, not much is currently known on the Scotchi.  This is mostly due to the recent intentional crossbreeding between the parent breeds and the lack of documentation on the breeding programs.  The exact origins of the Scotchi are not known, but owners who wish to understand their hybrid better may review the histories and character traits of the parent breeds for additional insights. The Scottish Terrier is a rough-coated Terrier dog from Scotland.  The origins of the Scottish Terrier are shrouded, but the small Terrier is thought to have first developed in 55 B.C. in Scotland.  The Scottish Terrier was bred mostly to assist with vermin control in Aberdeen, Scotland but moved into urban areas during the Industrial Revolution.  The Scottish Terrier Club was formed in England in 1882, and the breed arrived in the United States the following year.  The first Scottish Terrier was registered to the American Kennel Club in 1885, and the little black Terrier was made famous by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who kept one at the White House. The Chihuahua is an American breed that first developed in Mexico before the Spanish Conquest.  The breed was once known as Techichi and was so well-revered that it was often buried alongside its master in death.  The Techichi developed in the 9th Century and moved from the Toltec culture to the Aztec culture before the Spanish Conquest.  Shortly after the Spaniards arrived, the Techichi was all but forgotten.  However, the resilient little vermin hunting dog survived and was rediscovered in the region of Chihuahua, where it draws its modern-day name.  The Chihuahua moved north to the United States where it gained fast popularity.  The American Kennel Club recognized the Chihuahua in 1904, and by the 1960s the little dog was a top-ranked breed.  Today, the Chihuahua is still a popular choice as a companion breed.                  

Scotchi Breed Appearance

The Scotchi is a small dog that weighs between 16 and 20 pounds with a compact body and sturdy legs.  The Scotchi has a round head with large, expressive brown eyes.  His muzzle is long and tapered and he may have a beard and long hair on his head, and bushy eyebrows.  The Scotchi's ears are triangular shaped and flop over, and the tail is carried high.  The Scotchi's legs tend to be longer than his Scottish Terrier parent, and his coat can range from long and wiry to short and smooth.  The Scotchi might suffer from poor dentition, including an underbite.  Underbites are never desirable in the Scotchi and may cause additional dental issues.       

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Scotchi eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Scotchi nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Scotchi coat
gray Scotchi coat
brown Scotchi coat
red Scotchi coat
fawn Scotchi coat
white Scotchi coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense

Scotchi Breed Maintenance

The Scotchi is easy to maintain and may have hypoallergenic qualities if its coat resembles the Scottish Terrier parent.  Even if the coat does not resemble the Scottish Terrier, the Scotchi is considered a moderate shedding dog and easy to maintain with weekly brushing.  Owners should brush their Scotchi once a week with a pin or bristle brush to remove any loose or dead hair as well as keep the coat tangle-free.  Some Scotchi's coats are short, like the Chihuahua but most will have a beard of long hair around the head.  Owners should pay special attention to the hair around the face as food, dirt, and moisture might get trapped in the hair and cause a smell.  Otherwise, the Scotchi does not have doggy odor.  The Scotchi is prone to dental problems and may have poor dentition from birth.  Owners can reduce the likelihood of dental disease by brushing their dog's teeth at least three times a week and providing them with hard chew toys.
Brushes for Scotchi
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper

Scotchi Temperament

The Scotchi is a sensitive dog that feeds off its families emotions.  This hybrid needs a stable, happy home, and prefers to be the only pet.  The Scotchi is not known to be friendly toward other dogs or pets but can learn to live in harmony with early socialization.  Socialization with children is also important if the Scotchi spends time with kids.  They can be affectionate with children but prefer older, quieter children as companions.  The Scotchi may be aloof with strangers and will take time assessing the threat levels before making friends with new people.  However, once a Scotchi accepts a new person, they are very friendly.  The Scotchi is an affectionate dog who often bonds with a single person within the home and is, therefore, better suited to smaller families and single people who can give the Scotchi the best care.  Their energy levels are moderate, and the Scotchi requires daily exercise to maintain a healthy body and mind.

Scotchi Activity Requirements

The Scotchi is a dog with medium energy levels that needs daily exercise.  They are a small hybrid with long legs that can keep up with its people while inside and while moving from room to room.  However, this dog is not well-suited for jogging.  The Scotchi can get most of its daily activity needs met inside by running around or playtime with their owners.  They do not require extensive time outside, and the Scotchi does not tolerate weather extremes but has a particular dislike of cold weather.  The Scotchi, with is moderate energy and intense enjoyment of a good lap makes for an excellent apartment breed.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
15 minutes

Scotchi Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $25.00

Scotchi Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Scotchi size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Scotchi size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 17 lbs
12 Months
Male Scotchi size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Female Scotchi size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 18 lbs
18 Months
Male Scotchi size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Female Scotchi size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 18 lbs

Scotchi Owner Experiences

8 Months
5 People
House & Yard
We are in love with our Scotchi! We couldn’t imagine a better fit for our young family with a smaller house and yard!!
1 year, 2 months ago
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