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Adopt a Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier Dog Breed

Picture: Kent and Donna Dannen



Area of origin:


Original function:

vermin hunting

Average size of male:

Ht: 10, Wt: 19-22

Average size of female:

Ht: 10, Wt: 18-21

Other names:

Aberdeen terrier

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Scottish Terrier Dog Temperament

Nicknamed the Diehard in reference to her rugged character, the Scottish terrier is a tough, determined character, ready for action. She is fearless and feisty. She is reserved, but friendly, with strangers, and devoted to her family. Although independent and stubborn, she is sensitive. She tends to dig and bark.

Scottish Terrier Dog Care

This is a dog on the lookout for adventure, and she needs some excitement and exercise in her life every day. This can take the form of a moderate walk on leash, a boisterous game or an off-leash exploration in a safe area. She is best suited as a house dog with access to a yard. Her wire coat needs combing two to three times weekly, plus shaping every three months. Shaping for pets is by clipping.

Scottish Terrier Dog Health

Major concerns: vWD, CMO
Minor concerns: Scotty cramp, intervertebral disc disease
Occasionally seen: none
Suggested tests: DNA for vWD
Life span: 11-13 years

Interested in the history of the Scottish Terrier dog breed?

Great confusion exists about the background of the Scottish terrier, stemming from the early custom of calling all terriers from Scotland Scottish or Scotch terriers. To further confuse matters, the present Scottish terrier was once grouped with Skye terriers, in reference not to the modern Skye terrier but of a large group of terriers from the Isle of Skye. Whatever the origin, the early Scottish terriers were definitely a hardy lot of Highlanders, used for going to ground in pursuit of their prey. Only in the late 1800s can the Scottish terrier's history be confidently documented. Of the several short-legged, harsh-coated terriers, the dog now known as the Scottish terrier was most favored in the Aberdeen area, and so for a time she was called the Aberdeen terrier. By the 1870s, the situation had become so confusing that a series of protests were made, ultimately leading to a detailed description of how the true Scottish terrier should appear. Around 1880, the first breed standard was put forth. The first Scotty came to America in 1883. She gradually gained popularity until World War II, after which her popularity soared. The most well-known Scotty in America was Fala, Franklin Roosevelt's dog, who was his constant companion in life and buried at his side in death. The Scottish terrier remains a fixture of the terrier group, always a contender in the show ring and a favorite in the home.

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