Here is some information about this wonderful and unique breed.
Scotties are different than many dogs – which is one reason you
will find their owners so attached. They are independent and strong willed,
sometimes aloof and certainly intelligent. At the same time,
they are sensitive and can be very attached to their owners.
Scotties can be a challenge to train, not because they are not quick and intelligent,
but because they might have a different ‘opinion.’ They react much better to positive
re-enforcement training techniques. Scotties get bored in long training sessions
so they will do better with short, positive and fun, lessons. One thing for sure –
training a Scottie will be fun and full of laughter. You never know what they will do next.
The Scottish Terrier is happy inside or outside, but is always happier being with you and not alone.
A secure place in a home with human companionship and understanding are essential to
his well-being, as well as his happiness. Scotties must be in fenced yards –
they have a very strong hunting instinct and will go after anything (including a dog much larger than they).
Except for very special cases – like working in Earthdog, Obedience or Agility – your scottie should always be on leash.
This is not a dog that is scared to explore. In the dog park they will not back down from an aggressive dog.
Another important factor, scotties cannot swim! If you pick up a scottie,
you will find they are dense and heavy. With short legs and a heavy head –
they cannot swim well and can easily drown (and do).
The Scottish Terrier is a “big dog” in a small package. Just look at those teeth –
bigger than you might expect! Scotties have very little fear and will not back down
from challenges by much larger animals.
The Scottish Terrier popularly called the Scottie is a short-legged compact,
sturdy little dog that is part of the Terrier group.
The Scottie’s distinctive shape, bearded muzzle,
and distinguishing eyebrows make it easily recognizable.
The coat on a Scottish Terrier consists of two parts:
a wiry outer coat and a dense softer undercoat.
Colors of the coat range from black to wheaten or
varying shades of brindle. The Scottie has been called
“a big dog in a small package” due to its power, confidence,
The official breed standard for the Scottish terrier was developed by the STCA in accordance with AKC guidelines.
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Independent and self-assured, playful yet intelligent,
the Scottish Terrier has been nicknamed the ' Little Diehard'
because of its rugged nature and endless determination.
Even so, the Scottie makes a loyal family pet that is devoted
to its humans. Scotties thrive best with consistency and
positive reinforcement, so training is highly recommended.
The Scottish Terrier was originally bred for
hunting and killing vermin. Its origins began in
the highlands of Scotland. The terrier was subsequently
brought out of the highlands in the 1870s when it was
imported to England by an English army Captain.
The Scottie was introduced to America in the 1890s,
and they became very popular in the years between
World War I and World War II. By mid 1930s the
Scottie was the third most popular dog in the United States.
It was so popular that the board game Monopoly (developed in the 30s)
chose a Scottie as one of its tokens. The Scottie has the
distinction of being a resident of the White House several times.
Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush kept Scotties
by their sides while in office. The Scottish Terrier Club of America (
STCA) was formed in 1900 and a breed standard was written in 1925.