Scotchon

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14-20 lbs
10-17"
United States
Bichon Frise
Scottish Terrier
Scottychon

The Scotchon is a cross between a Scotish Terrier and a Bichon Frise. They are small dogs with floppy ears, and lot of fur, which is typically curly. Their fur can be black, gray, light brown, or a combination of these colors. The Scotchon is a very playful dog with lots of energy; they are affectionate, friendly, and smart, making them a great companion. They do require a good amount of activity to be healthy and to appease their high energy levels.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2009
Ancestry
Scottish Terrier, Bichon Frise

Scotchon Health

Average Size
Male Scotchon size stats
Height: 14-20 inches Weight: 16-25 lbs
Female Scotchon size stats
Height: 10-17 inches Weight: 14-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Scottie Cramp
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Bladder Stones
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Drug Allergy or Sensitivity
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Eye examination
  • Blood Count
  • Allergy Testing
  • DNA for VWD

Scotchon Breed History

The Scotchon originated in the United States. The breed resulted from crossing a Scottish Terrier with a Bichon Frise. The Scottish Terrier’s history dates back to 55 B.C. when the Romans discovered the “terrarii" or the old Scottish Terrier, a small hunting dog found in Britain. They were black or sandy colored, small, strong, and long-haired, and are thought to be the breed from which all Terriers originated. In the 17th century, the ancestor of the Scottish Terrier became a very popular breed thanks to the king’s love for them. By 1800 there were two different breeds, the Scottish Terrier with wired hair, and the English Terrier with a smoother fur. The Scottish Terrier, which was once classified as the Skye Terrier, was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885, though they had not been presented in the show ring until the 1860’s. The Bichon Frise’s origin is uncertain. They are believed to descend from the Barbet. The breed originated in Tenerife, and was brought to Europe either by the French or the Italians. The Bichon became quite popular in the 16th century amongst the French and English monarchy. The Spanish royal families became very fond of the breed as did painters such as Goya, who depicted the Bichon Frise in many of his paintings. The breed later became a common dog, but after World War I, the Bichon caught the French breeder’s attention due to their intelligence and looks, and they continued breeding the Bichon Frise. The breed was acknowledged by the American Kennel Club in 1972. 

Scotchon Breed Appearance

Since both parent breeds have dense, double-coated fur, the Scotchon will inherit these characteristics. This breed has thick, abundant fur that is usually curly, and they are also hypoallergenic. Like the Scottish Terrier, the Scotchon’s hair can sometimes be wiry. Their fur can be black, gray, brown, golden, and a combination of these colors, such as black and white. The Scotchon is a small but strong dog with floppy ears, black nose and dark eyes. Generally, these dogs have longer hind legs, shorter front legs with wide shoulders, and a tail curled over their back, especially when they are happy. They have sturdy, medium-size heads and a narrow muzzle. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Scotchon eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Scotchon nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Scotchon coat
Black
brown Scotchon coat
Brown
gray Scotchon coat
Gray
cream Scotchon coat
Cream
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Scotchon wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Scotchon Breed Maintenance

Like both of the parent breeds, the Scotchon has double-coated, dense fur. They do not shed much but do require frequent combing and grooming. Weekly brushing is recommended to eliminate any tangles or matting, and to help maintain healthy skin. They may have delicate skin, so bathing too often is not recommended as it might cause irritation. It is very important to remove any tangles before bathing, otherwise it may be too difficult to remove them afterwards. Trimming every two months is recommended to keep the fur short and looking smart. If long hair is desired, clipping a few times a year works well. These dogs may have bad reactions to fleas, so prevention is highly important. Also, like the Bichon Frise, the Scotchon could suffer from allergies; therefore, it is necessary to be careful with the products you use on their skin. 

Brushes for Scotchon
Slicker Brush
Scissors
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Scotchon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Scotchon Temperament

The Scotchon’s personality lies between that of the Scottish Terrier and the Bichon Frise. These dogs are family dogs; they love being with their families in an indoor environment, playing, and going for a walk. They are very smart, energetic, friendly and usually easily trainable. They tend to be friendly with other dogs, but early socializing is recommended since their parent breed, the Scottish Terrier, might have a bit of a temper. The Scotchon is an affectionate dog but not too much, they are also somewhat independent. These dogs may bark at anything and they generally have a powerful bark. This hybrid may inherit the hunting instinct of the Scottish Terrier or the timid personality of the Bichon Frise. 

Scotchon Activity Requirements

Both parent breeds, the Scottish Terrier and the Bichon Frise, are active dogs who enjoy going for a daily walk and playtime. A 20 minute walk twice a day will do perfectly as a way for your Scotchon to get fresh air and expend a little energy. These dogs may become destructive when bored and when they have a lot of accumulated energy. Running is not easy for them since they have short legs but they will enjoy interacting with other dogs at the park - this will help them practise their social skills too. They are good for apartment living, and due to their dense coat a moderate to cold weather temperature suits them best. The Scotchon is a people dog, so living indoors with their family is necessary. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

Scotchon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.9 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Scotchon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Scotchon size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Scotchon size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 13 lbs
12 Months
Male Scotchon size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 19 lbs
Female Scotchon size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 17 lbs
18 Months
Male Scotchon size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Scotchon size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 16 lbs

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