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Scottish Terrier (Scottie)

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Very likely the first and original Highland Terrier from which all other Terriers trace their roots.  This dog of remarkable determination and substance is not to be seen as a small dog.  While remarkably charming and endearing to those it loves, it is quickly and keenly a ferocious foe to those that it does not hold as dear.  Because of its terrier mentality, quick reactions and independence, the Scottie is probably not the best choice for a family with small children.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 10 inches
Weight: 18-22 pounds Longevity: mid-late teens
Colors: steel or iron gray, grizzled or brindled, black, sandy or wheaten; only very minimal white accepted Coat type: short with dense undercoat and very hard, wiry outer coat
Recognized Registries: AKC and others
Overall Appearance: Striking harsh wiry outer coat, alert eyes and prick ears enhance the demeanor of action and purpose about the Scottie. The remarkably stout muscular body only adds to the impression of a force to be reckoned with.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: rather high
General Nature: dual - sweet and entertaining and agreeable with family and loved ones; a terror to those it holds it less high regard
  with Children: can be good with very well behaved children; probably too much to ask with very small ones
  with other pets: generally not very good; smaller animals are at risk and larger animals do not intimidate this character; males likely a bit worse than females
  with dogs: can be good with those they are very familiar with; raised with; some individuals will be better meeting dogs than others
Socialization requirements: pretty high if you want a dog you can confidently take places and have accept new people, animals and places
Ideal home characteristics: A well educated home familiar with the Terrier mentality and respectful of all that the Scottie embodies. Tightly fenced yard, daily walks and regular grooming/attention will give the Scottie opportunity to thrive.
Temperament Notes: Clever, tenacious, determined and somewhat independent. This is a dog fully capable (physically and mentally) of following fearsome creatures that outweighed it into their den to battle. Not to be treated lightly.
Training requirement: Very respectful. Completely consistent. This dog will remember how things are done and expect them to be maintained.
Trainer notes: Due to the Terrier nature of independent work (ie no one is there to help them dispatch the badger in its den), this dog is not as likely to be highly responsive to a pat on the head for training.  They are keen on having a good sense of their environment and routine.  Consistent handling without miscommunication of rewarding a behavior one day and then punishing it the next is the best way to keep a Scottie (and thus the Scottie's family) happy.  Because of their quirky nature, the happily trained Scottie will often offer variations on what is requested, both as a suggestion and form of entertainment.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: probably Middle Ages
Country of Origin: Scotland - Highlands
Original Function: badger, otter and fox hunter
History: Early writers of the 14th century refer to a terrier that was most likely the early Scottish Terrier. First shown in 1860, Terrier nature burst out among fanciers as other terrier types were also shown under this monikor. By 1880, there was a standard.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: soft coats, very round eye, light eye, oversize, undersize, too much white
Health Notes: eye problems, minimal hip dysplasia, skin problems, epilepsy, heart problems, deafness, CMO
Health Testing: CERF (eyes), vWD
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for

  • How long have you had Scotties?
  • How did you choose the sire of this litter?
  • What titles do you seek on your breeding stock?
  • What health problems do you find in the breed?
  • What health issues do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • Do you have written contracts and guarantees on your puppies?
Web Sites: - Scottie National Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard: - Scottish Terrier Standard

Breeder Ethics: - Ethics for owners and breeders of Scotties

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