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Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier is an hearty breed with plenty of energy.
They make good companions but can be aggressive with other dogs.

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Physical Characteristics
  • Small, rectangular shaped dog
  • Dark almond-shaped eyes
  • Short legs
  • Coat: Coarse, wiry hair
  • Soft, dense undercoat
  • Inverted tail
  • Coloring can be black, wheat and brindle
  • Height: 10-11 inches
  • Weight: 18-22 pounds
  • Average lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Brave, confident, alert, independent, sensitive, loving, protective, personable
  • Interaction with people: Good with mature children; not as friendly to strangers
  • Interaction with animals: Can be aggressive toward other dogs; good with cats
  • Training: Needs firm, gentle training
  • Bark: Moderately vocal
  • Protection: Good watchdog
Medical Conditions
  • Cushing's Disease (hormone disorder)
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy (neurological disorder)
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy (bone disorder)
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Liver shunts
  • Ophthalmic disorders (including juvenile cataracts)
  • Patellar luxation
  • Scottie Cramp (neurological disorder)
  • von Willebrand's Disease (blood disorder)
While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • Good for apartments
  • Prefers cooler climates
  • Needs daily walks
  • Enjoys running free in safe area
  • Light shedder
  • Brush regularly
  • Strip coat twice a year or have professionally clipped
Other Facts
  • Nicknamed the "Scottie"
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish terrier, Fala, received lots of fan mail
  • The character Jock in Disney’s "Lady and the Tramp" was a Scottie
  • The breed is featured as the dog game piece in Monopoly
Breed History
  • Originated in Scotland around 1700
  • Bred to chase and hunt foxes and badgers
  • First called the Aberdeen terrier after the Scottish town
  • First brought to the U.S. in the late 1800s by John Naylor
  • First Scottie registered was named Dake, born in 1884
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Scottish Terrier Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit Scottish Terrier Rescue of Rhode Island
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