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Scottish Terrier Breed Summary

Independent, Stubborn, Loyal, Affectionate and Energetic

These doggies have wonderful personalities, although they can sometimes act quite feisty! Typically, they have black coats, although the breed standard also allows for brindle and wheaten coloured coats as well. They are smaller doggies with short legs and a fair amount of feathering around their muzzles and also on their legs.

Affectionately referred to as Aberdeenies, they make lovely pets, due to their adaptability to family and home life. However, they can be fairly costly, due to their high maintenance coats which need to be groomed several times a year.

Fun Fact: All of the Scottish Terriers alive today are descended from just 4 dogs from the 1870's' Roger Rough, Bon Accord, Splinter II and Tartan

Kennel Club Group Terrier
Lifespan 13 - 14 years
Height (at the withers) 25 - 28 cm at the withers
Weight Males 8.5 - 10 kg, Females 8 - 9.5 kg
Coat Double Coat, Close Lying to the Skin. A Short, Dense and Soft Undercoat with Harsh, Dense Top Coat
Colour Black, Black Brindle, Brindle, Wheaten
Eye colour Dark Brown
Common health issues Scottie Cramp, Cushing's Syndrome (Hyperadrenocorticism), Hypothyroidism, Epilepsy, Craniomandibular Osteopathy, Liver Shunts, Juvenile Cataracts, Cerebellar Abiotrophy, Congenital deafness, Melanomas (cancer), Von Willebrand's Disease, Patellar luxation, Transitional cell carcinomas (TCC), Wobbly Dog Syndrome/Ataxia (Cerebellar abiotrophy)
Other Names Scottie, Aberdeenie

As like many terriers, these little guys are known for their independent and stubborn natures. Scottish Terriers aren’t yappy dogs but when needed, they have very powerful barks, which makes them amazing guard dogs! They love to go on walkies with their owners, but anything beyond a brisk walk will be a slightly beyond the capabilities their little legs! Because they are terriers, they have a strong prey-drive and love to chase after other small mammals. These doggies are very intelligent and fiercely loyal. They love to be around people and would suit a family who would be around most of the day. Additionally, this breed is really good with children and are easily adaptable to lots of different lifestyles. Because of this, they are also ideal for apartment living!

Although the Scottie’s are a very old breed, much of their history and origin is unknown. Dogs in both 55 B.C. and 1436 were given descriptions similar to that of the breed that we know today. The Old Scotch Terrier (now extinct) is thought to be one of the oldest in Scotland and also the foundation for this breed! These guys are not to be confused with the English Terriers, which were described in the 1800’s as having smooth hair, as compared to this bred which have a rough coat, although nowadays, this breed is classed within the Sky Terrier group. They were a favourite of the James I of England, and his love for them allowed to breed to drastically increase in popularity.