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.
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.