Scottish Terrier

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18-21 lbs
10-11"
Scotland
Aberdeen Terrier

The Scottish Terrier is a small dog with a big personality. In the 1700s, breeders began developing what would eventually become the Scottish Terrier. The breed’s original name was the Aberdeen Terrier, a tribute to the Scottish town of the same name. The fourth Earl of Dumbarton nicknamed the Scottish Terrier “little diehard,” and the breed still lives up to that name today. They are active dogs, and while they are tiny, they are very brave. Originally used to hunt animals such as rabbit, otter, fox, and badgers, the Scottish Terrier is still a great watchdog and a terrific companion.

Purpose
vermin hunting
Date of Origin
1800s
Ancestry
skye, cairn, west highland white terriers

Scottish Terrier Health

Average Size
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 19-22 lbs
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 18-21 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy
Minor Concerns
  • Scottie Cramp
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Dna For Vwd
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • Physical Examination

Scottish Terrier Breed History

At one time, all Terriers from Scotland were referred to as Scottish Terriers; at one time this particular Terrier was referred to as the Skye Terrier. (Another Terrier breed is presently referred to as the  Skye Terrier; they are not related.) This particular Terrier was bred to be a hardy hunting dog. In the 1800s, the Terrier was nicknamed the Aberdeen Terrier; the town in Scotland was known to have many of the tiny, wiry vermin killers. In 1880, a standard for the breed was developed, and, three years later, the breed was first introduced to the United States. The Scottie has been a favorite of presidents, appeared on-screen in movies and television, and as a token in the board game Monopoly.

Scottish Terrier Breed Appearance

The Scottish Terrier is tiny dog with short legs; grooming often makes it look even shorter than the dog truly is. The head is long; its almond-shaped eyes are set apart on its skull. Its muzzle is about the length of the skull; the teeth meet in a scissors bite. Its back is level, and its tail is thick at the base, tapering off toward its end. The tail is covered in short, hard hair, usually carried straight. The front feet are often larger than the back feet. It has a double coat: the soft, protective undercoat gives way to a coarse, wiry top coat. The Scottie’s distinctive coat is longer at the beard, eyebrows, legs, and lower part of the body. Common colors are black, wheaten, or brindle. Some have white on the chest area.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Brindle
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Scottish Terrier Breed Maintenance

The Scottish Terrier has a coarse top coat with longer length hair at the beard, lower body, and legs. This hair should be brushed two or three times a week for optimum results. During the shedding season, you may want to brush more often. Shaping of the coat should be done once every three months. Bathing is recommended as “when necessary.” The Scottish Terrier needs a moderate amount of exercise. It is recommended that they are given a daily walk in addition to games (such as fetching a ball). The Scottie can tolerate warmer temperatures but is best suited as an inside dog. As long as the Scottie receives adequate exercise, he can live anywhere. Scotties are known to have skin issues including flea allergies, so proper skin care is a must. 

Brushes for Scottish Terrier
Slicker Brush
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Scottish Terrier Temperament

The Scottie is brave, lovable, alert, and tough. They are wonderful watchdogs. They tend to be stubborn, so firm training should begin as soon as possible. The Scottie is known to challenge family members who have not established a “pecking order” in which he understands that the family member is the authority. The Scottie is described as a small dog in a big dog’s body, one that can go anywhere and do anything. He is sporty and loves to play ball games. However, it is recommended that one does not play wrestling games or tug-of-war with a Scottie. They do not do well with aggressiveness. The Scottie can and will develop Small Dog Syndrome – a condition in which the dog believes he is the leader over his humans. This is a human-induced behavior, usually the result of giving in to the Scottie. Scotties are usually good with children; however, children must also be firm with the Scottish Terrier. It is often with children that the Scottie develops Small Dog Syndrome. All family members should be firm with the Scottie. As long as he clearly knows the rules of the home; the Scottish Terrier will be a wonderful family pet.

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

Scottish Terrier Food Consumption

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

Scottish Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 16 lbs
Height: 7 inches Weight: 15 lbs
12 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 19 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 18 lbs
18 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 19 lbs

Top Scottish Terrier Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Scottish Terrier breeders of 2017.
Woburn Scottish Terriers
Chicago, Illinois
PJ Scots
Moss Landing, California
KinRoss Scottish Terriers
Springfield, Illinois
Deghall Scottish Terriers
Howell, Michigan
CerScots Scottish Terriers
Ludington, Michigan
Hopel Popel Scotttish Terriers
Russell, Massachusetts

Scottish Terrier Owner Experiences