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Scottish Terrier: Origin, Temperament, Training, Exercise (Scottie)

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About Scottish Terrier

Country of Origin, History of Scottish Terriers

The Scottish Terriers are one of the highland terriers and are closely related to the Skye Terriers and West Highland White Terriers. They were originally bred to hunt vermins on farms and to hunt badgers and foxes in the Scottish Highlands.

Some paintings as old as the 17th century, have featured dogs that look exactly like the modern day Scottie. It is believed that King James VI of England gifted size such Terriers to the French monarch and that is how the Scottish Terrier gained popularity beyond England.

Towards the end of the 19th century, it was decided to separate the Scottish terriers from the generic little-haired highland terriers. Some breeders developed pure bloodlines and specific breeds. Around this time, they started participating in dog shows.

Around 1890s Scottish Terriers were introduced to America. But the breed gained popularity between World War I and II. Between 1925 - 1930, they were recognized by the AKC.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

Scottish Terriers are small, compact, short-legged and sturdy terrier dogs. They have keen, piercing eyes which are typically almond shaped and tall, pointed and erect ears.


They are dual coated dogs. They have a hard, wiry, weather-resistant topcoat and a thick undercoat. which is hung between short, heavy legs. The longer coat on the beard, legs and lower body is slightly softer than the body coat.


Their color can range from black, greyish-black, mix of black and brown and even white.


For both males and females: 25 to 28 cm cm (10 - 11 in)


Male: 8.5 to 10 kg
Female: 8 to 9.5 kg

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Scottish Terrier Personality Traits

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A sturdy and lovable dog, the Scottish Terrier is dignified yet kind and affectionate. He is playful and patient, but needs early socialization and a strong leader. He should be clearly shown his position in the family, else, will challenge family members.

He doesn’t bark much unless the situation warrants. He can be a good watchdog as he is brave, loyal and alert.

He needs thorough socialization and obedience training while young so he can be handled.

One caution: teach him not to lean on people, especially children as he can easily knock them over simply from wanting to be close.

Some are dog aggressive with same sex dogs.

Are they suited to homes with kids?

Generally, Scottish Terriers are not recommended for small children or kids. However, when properly socialized with children, Scotties happily act as their protector.

Living Condition:

They can live in cities and in apartments as long as they are given proper exercise.

Scottish Terrier Activity Level

Lots of exercise in a well-fenced area or a daily very long walk is necessary. Because of their power and stamina, they can be completely out of sight almost instantly if allowed to run free.


The smooth, short coat is easy to groom with once weekly brushing and monthly nail trimming.

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Health and Care

As with other large and giant breeds, hip dysplasia, cancer, and bloat are common. Tumors, heart disease, and tail injuries are frequent.

Do not have him jog with you or jump until he is over a year old.

Life Expectancy

12 - 15 years

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Group: Terrier Group.

AKC Popularity Ranking: 57

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