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The Scottish Terrier (or Scottie) is a small dog with a square build. The Scottish Terrier is a charming and playful dog breed that bonds with its family. The Scottish Terrier has a coat this is either Wheaten, Black, Brindle or more of the colors in combination.

The Scottish Terrier originates in Scotland where it was used to hunt vermin such as mice and rats and to keep fox and badgers out of the farms.

Character and behavior
The Scottish Terrier is a friendly and charming little dog but it is very independent and can be stubborn. The Scottish Terrier will bark at perceived threats and alert its owner. The Scottish Terrier doesn’t bark excessively. The dog breed likes to dig holes and hunt small rodents. The dog breed can be reserved towards strangers.

It’s important to introduce the Scottish Terrier to other dogs and strangers as a puppy to avoid aggressive behavior later on. The Scottish Terrier doesn’t have much patience with small children and gets along better with older kids. The Scottish Terrier is a very confident dog breed that will take the leadership role and set the rules if you don’t.

History of the breed
The Scottish Terrier is an old Terrier breed from Scotland. It’s unknown exactly when the breeding of the Scottish Terrier started. This is because all Terriers from Scotland in the Eighteenth century were referred to as Scottish Terriers. This generalization has made it difficult to separate the different dog breed’s origin. In a period of time the Scottish Terrier was known as the Aberdeen Terrier as it was very popular in that area.

The Scottish Terrier was used as a farm dog that would hunt mice and rats and keep foxes, badgers and other animals out of the farms.

Appearance, grooming and health
The Scottish Terrier is a small, compact, short-legged, sturdily-built Terrier with a wiry outer coat and a soft dense undercoat. The ears are erect and the eyes are almond-shaped and dark. The front paws are slightly bigger than the rear paws. The tail is medium length and is carried over the back.

The Scottish Terrier is generally under 10 inches in height and weighs from 19 to 22 pounds. The coat colors range from dark grey to jet black, or brindle (a mix of black and brown). Scotties with Wheaten (straw to nearly white) coats sometimes occur but are less common.

The coat requires regular grooming and a trim 3-4 times a year.

The life span of a Scottie is typically 12 to 15 years. Two genetic health concerns seen in the breed are von Willebrand disease (vWD) and craniomandibular osteopathy.

What you should know about the Scottish Terrier dog breed:

  • A friendly and active dog breed
  • Can be reserved towards strangers
  • May not be the best dog breed for a family with small kids
  • Is an excellent watch dog that will alert its owner to perceived threats
  • Can live in an apartment with sufficient exercise
  • Is a hardy little dog
  • Can be a challenge to train as it is independent and can be stubborn

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