Scottish Terrier Breed Information
The ever-popular Scottish Terrier or Scottie is an independent breed of dog that can be very loyal to its master. Many owners say their Scottie is also very protective of its own privacy, sometimes preferring to just be left alone.
This short-legged member of the terrier family hails from Britain, of course. Its true beginnings as a breed are not clear, though records show dogs of similar appearance and stature as far back as the 16th century.
A close look at the Scottish Terrier reveals that it has a longer head and body than the Cairn and Westie, both of which are compared to the Scottie. The color of the Scottie is usually darker and the personality of the Scottish Terrier is distinctly different.
The adult of this breed usually stands about 10 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs up to 20 pounds.
Scottish Terrier Temperament
The Scottish Terrier can be a very independent dog, even to the point of wanting to be alone and protecting its privacy. But the social side of the Scottie balances this, as the dogs of this breed usually tolerate children even when they are a rowdy. Scotties seem to be comfortable around adults as well, though the dog is usually very loyal to a master.
Scottish Terriers are often very brave in the face of danger and will courageously protect family members. In addition, the dogs of this breed can be charming and show a lot of love for owners.
Some experienced Scottie owners report that older dogs can grow to be moody and even snap at people when they are disturbed. Scotties can be good watchdogs but consistent and firm training will be necessary from the start.
Scottish Terrier Size and Color
A healthy adult Scottish Terrier will stand about 10 inches or 11 inches tall and will weight around 20 pounds. Some dogs get a bit heavier, up to 23 pounds. The Scottie should appear compact and sturdily built, and should have erect ears.
Sometimes a Scottie will have a straw-colored or nearly white coat but there are terrier breeds called the Wheaten Terrier and the White Terrier. The usual color for a Scottish Terrier ranges from dark grey to jet black.
Scottish Terrier Feeding and Grooming Requirements
As with most purebred dogs, Scottish Terrier owners should probably avoid the cheaper mixes of commercial dog food because many dogs are allergic to the excess amounts of grain in these brands. The three main points of attention in a healthy Scottie are the muscles, the coat and the personality. A healthy adult Scottish Terrier should be stocky and somewhat muscular.
In addition, the coat should be wiry with a soft undercoat. This excellent cover is kept shining and healthy with a protein diet that has good quality fat content. Scotties can tend to scratch quite a bit, but this can be reduced through the feeding of the proper fatty acids in the diet.
Regular brushing will be necessary to maintain the wiry coat in top condition. Baths and dry shampoo should be used only as necessary. The Scottish Terrier sheds little.
Scottish Terrier Exercise Needs
The Scottish Terrier was used many years ago to hunt otter, rabbit and fox, so the breed is accustomed to outdoor exercise. The Scottie is now seen mostly as a companion dog. But owners will find that their pet has kept some of the hunting instincts.
The Scottish Terrier will be fine in a mid-sized yard and will get the exercise needed on its own. Some owners will used play as a means of exercise, along with walks and some time spent in the open, such as in a park. The Scottie can be destructive if not given enough activity or attention.