Affectionately known as the Scottie, this terrier is a hardy, courageous, loyal and an often stubborn companion. With records stretching back some 500 years, it is thought that the Scottie may be the oldest of British terrier breed. With an unmistakable appearance, the Scottish Terrier is a very agile independent dog. Their stately gait, proudly held pointed ears and powerful build, are in sharp contrast to a low slung structure and lack of height!
Inclined to be a one-man dog, the Scottish Terrier has a keen temperament and is wary with strangers. Totally devoted to their owners and kind to those they know, the Scottie should be socialised with other dogs and people as much as possible from an early age. A real character of a dog, they are a fun family member but are most suitable for adults or families with older children (younger children are ok if supervised, as the Scottie will defend itself when teased). When introduced at an early age, Scotties are also happy to live with other members of the pet family.
Grooming and care
Most people would recognise the Scottish Terrier as being a black dog, however they can be wheaten (pale yellow or fawn colour) or brindle. A harsh, dense and wiry coat may require professional grooming from time to time, but combing at least once or twice a week will keep the coat in good shape.
Scotties are an active breed, needing mental stimulation and regular daily exercise. They make wonderful walking companions but are best on the lead, as they can easily be distracted and are not renowned for coming back when called.
For the latest research in breed-related problems in Scottish Terriers visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.