7-22 lbs
United States
Scottish Terrier
The Scottese is a hybrid mix of the Maltese and Scottish Terrier.  This hybrid mix is so new that there is no information available as yet on the hybrid itself.  Looking at the parent breeds, it is easy to see what a special combination these two parent breeds have created.  The Scottese hybrid is one which is spunky and courageous, loving and affectionate, intelligent and loyal, gentle and a bit independent - all of which are combined in a tiny, fluffy and lovable package which will immediately capture your heart and soul, making you wonder how you ever lived without her!
purpose Purpose
Companionship, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Maltese, Scottish Terrier

Scottese Health

Average Size
Male Scottese size stats
Height: 9-10 inches Weight: 7-22 lbs
Female Scottese size stats
Height: 9-10 inches Weight: 7-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy (Lion Jaw)
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hemophilia
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Shaker Dog Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Chronic Inflammatory Hepatic Disease
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Leukodstrophies
Occasional Tests
  • Complete Blood Profile
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Blood Chemistry
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)

Scottese Breed History

The Scottese hybrid, a mix of the Maltese and the Scottish Terrier, presents an interesting mix of historical information when you look at the backgrounds of the parent breeds.  Since there is no historical information available on this hybrid, this is the preferred method for getting an idea of who and what your puppy can be.  The Maltese originated in Italy and Malta (an island located off the southern coast of Italy) which can be traced back at least to 3500 B.C. (and quite possibly even beyond), making it most likely the most ancient of all the toy canine breeds.  Not only is the Maltese quite possibly the oldest toy breed, but it is also possible that it is the oldest royal lapdog known to man (or woman).   The early Roman, Greek and Egyptian cultures believed them to have healing and comforting properties and valued them accordingly.  Though her exact heritage is unknown, she has increased in popularity and has travelled across the "pond" , arriving in the United States in the late 1800's, where the Maltese breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 and has continued to increase in popularity, ranking 33rd in popularity in their breed registry.  The Scottish Terrier, as its name implies, was developed in Scotland for purposes of hunting fox, rats and other vermin.  It functioned quite successfully in this role, being readily found in mining communities, homes, on farms, in gardens and villages, eradicating vermin of various types.  The date of origin is a bit cloudy as there are a number of theories of when and how the breed developed.  Depending on which theory you believe, the Scottish Terrier may possibly be traced back to 55 B.C. as depicted in writings during a Roman occupation of Britain, or in the 1800's when the breed was found to be a well-established pure breed.  Regardless of which theory you buy into, the Scottish Terrier is a spunky, lively, lovable little companion and watchdog with whom you will fall in love very quickly.  The Scottish Terrier continues to be a very popular breed in the United States, being officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 where it is the 58th most popular breed in their registry.  The Scottese hybrid is recognized by the Designer Breed Registry and the American Canine Hybrid Club.

Scottese Breed Appearance

The Scottese hybrid is a mix of the Maltese and the Scottish Terrier and, as such, can inherit the appearance traits of one or both parent breeds.  Depending on the bio mix, your Scottese hybrid pet will likely stand 9 to 10 inches tall and weigh 4 to 22 pounds.  She'll likely have dark eyes and a black gumdrop-like nose on a muzzle which is slightly tapered and of medium length.  Her body will be compact and sturdily built with straight legs, small round feet and a tail of varying length.  Her coat can be long, soft and silky or medium length wiry and hard and she may or may be double coated.  The coloring of her coat can be pure white, black, wheaten or brindle of any color.  Her ears may fold over, hanging close to her head or they may be erect and pointed.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Scottese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Scottese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Scottese coat
fawn Scottese coat
black Scottese coat
white Scottese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Scottese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Scottese Breed Maintenance

Your Scottese hybrid falls into the moderate maintenance category and the minimum or low category of shedding, requiring weekly brushing.  Her coat is considered hypoallergenic.  She will need to have her ears checked weekly, cleaning as needed with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear wash.  Check her toenails weekly, too, while you're looking at her ears, trimming them as needed unless she is able to keep them worn down with her normal exercise activities.  She will need to have her teeth brushed at home two or three times a week to avoid periodontal disease development and the tooth loss which accompanies it.  She is considered low in drooling and smell categories as well.  She is an active little package and will need daily exercise to manage that energy to keep her healthy, happy and fit.
Brushes for Scottese
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Scottese requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Scottese Temperament

The Scottese hybrid, a mix of the Maltese and the Scottish Terrier, can inherit the temperament and personality traits of one or both parent breeds.  This combination of pure breeds results in the possibility of your pet having the following temperament and personality traits:  aggressiveness, affection, alertness, gentleness, cheerfulness, courageousness, intelligence, independence, liveliness, playfulness, stubbornness and sociability.  Did you know that writers, poets and artists represented this silky perky little package in their works going back to the early great cultures which existed in Rome, Greece and Egypt, literally immortalizing them?  This feisty but gentle and loving little bundle of joy was a treasured companion who was also playful, energetic and bold, often behaving as a much larger dog despite her small package.  With early socialization, she'll get along great with kids but will likely need some supervision with small children, the family cat and other dogs.  She may be a bit wary of strangers until she is assured of your safety in the situation...she may be small but she doesn't seem to know it when it comes to the protection of those she loves.  Because of the independence contribution of the Scottie parent, she may be a bit more challenging to train, but be patient, begin with the basics and build upon them slowly and positively.  She is a high energy dog, so expect to exercise her daily, though not for the great distances which are required for other larger canines...remember, she has short little legs that must work harder to keep up with your gait.

Scottese Activity Requirements

Your Scottese is an active little dog.  She will require about an hour a day of exercise which can include a daily walk or two, romping and playing in the dog park or fenced yard, games of fetch or Frisbee in the house or outside and even some agility training and practice.  She has a moderate to high hunting/prey drive as well as a moderate wandering tendency.  This is important because, when you have her outside, if she is not leashed, you could find yourself walking or running farther and longer than you planned, as you chase her down the street, around the block or through the woods after a small animal or an interesting scent which has captured her attention.  Keeping her on leash when she's outside the house, fenced yard or other similar safe enclosure will avoid these situations.  She can best tolerate moderate climates, needing to have additional protection and precautions for the hotter and colder temperature extremes.  Since she is a small size and not necessarily an incessant barker, she can live quite nicely in an apartment or condo, provided her exercise needs are met and any noise restrictions are taken into consideration.  She can also live quite nicely in a family home with or without a fenced yard in a rural or urban setting.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Scottese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Scottese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Scottese size stats at six months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
Female Scottese size stats at six months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Scottese size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Scottese size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Scottese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Scottese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs

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