Scottish Terrier Information
The Scottish Terrier, or Scottie as he’s affectionately called, has a distinct look that’s easily recognizable: compact body, short legs, long head, piercing eyes, upright ears, shaggy coat (in black, brindle or wheaten) and adorable “beard.”
The Scottie’s unique appearance is coupled with a bold, dignified personality. Obedience training is a must to ensure you have a well-behaved pup. You’ll find he can be reserved at times and very spirited in other instances.
Scottish Terrier History
Scotties were first bred to work the Highlands of Scotland, killing vermin on farms and hunting badgers and foxes. It’s unclear when the breed originated, but similar looking dogs date back to 1436. It’s often noted as the oldest variety of dogs indigenous to Britain.
The breed spread due to England’s King James I, who was Scottish, giving the dogs as gifts to other important European leaders. President Franklin Roosevelt had a Scottie named Fala who was his companion during World War II.
Scottish Terrier Training & Temperament
Scotties have an independent attitude and are smart. This means it’s best to train in short sessions and add unique elements to your methods. They’ll require some persistence in training.
Scottish Terrier Exercise
Scotties need a good amount of exercise such as a walk and some fetch. They don’t need a ton of space for their playtime so they can still work well as an apartment dog.
Scottish Terrier Grooming
The Scottie has a wiry outer coat with a soft undercoat. These dogs need a good amount of grooming. The ideal method involves a technique called stripping, which is pulling out loose hairs with a stripping knife or by hand. These dogs can also be brushed and be clipped if you’re not concerned with maintaining the show breed standard. Clipped dogs will have a softer/duller coat, but require less effort. The dog should be bathed only when necessary as it can dry their skin.
Scottish Terrier Health
A good breeder can make you aware of any possible conditions in their line of Scotties. These are typically bred out of a good line of dogs, but common issues can include Von Willerbrand’s disease (a blood disorder that is untreatable, but can possible not present issues), or Craniomandibular osteopathy (a bone growth issue that shows up between 4-8 months of age and can require pain relievers).