The Scottish Terrier originally bred in Scotland to hunt badgers and foxes. Remember Jock from Disney’s The Lady and The Tramp? Well he was a little Scottie dog.
They are independent, bold and confident terriers. If you are looking for an active addition to your family or household, this could be the perfect breed for you.
They need plenty of exercise, you need to be able to play outdoors and take them on a good daily walk. They are never going to be a good jogging companion with those short legs, but they will love to hike with you. They can cope quite well to apartment living and as long as all their exercise needs are met and given plenty of playtime. Remember a bored dog will usually become a mischievous dog, whether it be nuisance barking, chewing or digging. Try to make sure they are occupied with jobs, playtime or plenty of exercise to keep them out of trouble.
They love their families and being with people. They are not suitable for families with young children as they have their limits to being pulled around. They are very playful so with older children and those used to being around dogs, they will play endless games running around the garden with them.
They make for great watchdogs, in fact one the best breeds, they will alert to everything little thing going on. They can be a little barky so you will need to train them to be quiet on command. They are a little un-trusting of strangers and you will need to make sure they are socialised early on to combat this.
They should be fine with other dogs and cats if brought up with them. They are hunters so the instinctive need to chase neighbours cats and small animals is probably too strong to control. Make sure your outside area is well enclosed and they can’t escape when giving chase.
They are intelligent dogs but can be very headstrong, you will need to discover their motivation reward early on to get the best out of them. You will need to use consistency and assert yourself as top dog early on to get them to listen to you, then you will have a lovely well trained companion for life. Training these guys is very challenging, keep training playful and fun for the best result.
The Scottie is a double coated dog with an outer coat that is actually a hair as opposed to the fur found on other breeds. They shed fairly lightly all year round especially during Spring and Autumn. Weekly brushing will keep the hairs under control.
Scottish Terrier Stats
The Scottish Terrier is one of the descendants of the old Scotch Terrier, along with the Dandie Dinmont, the Cairn, and the West Highland White Terrier. The exact origin of the breed is obscure, but a dog of its general description dates back to some of the earliest records. The low stature and wiry coat have always been important characteristics relating to the original purpose of the breed, which was to hunt and kill the various species of wildlife such as the fox, badger, weasel, and rat that made life hard for the early Scottish farmers and crofters.
- Weight -8kg –11kg
- Size – 25cm – 28cm
- They live for 10-12 years