The Scottish Terrier, like the Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, Skye and West Highland White Terriers, is a descendent of a dog generally referred to as the Old Scotch Terrier, a short-legged, wiry-coated dog of varying colors found scattered in various locales around the Scottish Highlands. The appearance of the dog was not so important in those early days, but the job it did was. The life of the crofter was difficult, and the terrier was indispensable for keeping predators away from the crofters livestock, and the smaller vermin out of the kitchen and barn. Since some of these predators included the fox and the badger, not only the dogs physical toughness was tested, but his courage as well. While the outward appearance of the Scottie has changed significantly since the origins of the breed, the physical and mental toughness are still hallmarks of the breed today. the standard.

     The standard as it is written describes the perfect specimen of the breed, against which all show dogs are compared when in competition. The closer the dog is to matching the Standard, the more likely it is to attain its championship. However, just because a Scottie is not quite championship caliber, that does not mean it cannot be a star in some other field, be it an agility field, a tracking field, an earth dog field, the obedience ring, or most importantly, your home. After all, the most important title a Scottie can attain is the championship of its owners heart!  copyright © 2018 | The Washington State Scottish Terrier Club



     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, and fearlessness.     


     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.


     The official breed standard for the Scottish terrier was developed by the STCA in accordance with AKC guidelines. 


     The Scottish Terrier is a small, compact, short-legged, sturdily-built dog of good bone and substance. His head is long in proportion to his size. He has a hard, wiry, weather-resistant coat and a thick-set, cobby body which is hung between short, heavy legs. These characteristics, joined with his very special keen, piercing, "varminty" expression, and his erect ears and tail are salient features of the breed. The Scottish Terrier's bold, confident, dignified aspect exemplifies power in a small package.


     The head should be long in proportion to the overall length and size of the dog.The nose should be black, regardless of coat color, and of good size, projecting somewhat over the mouth and giving the impression that the upper jaw is longer than the lower. The teethshould be large and evenly spaced, having either a scissor or level bite, the former preferred. The jaw should be square, level and powerful. The eyes should be set wide apart and well in under the brow. They should be small, bright and piercing, and almond-shaped not round.


     The body should be moderately short with ribs extending well back into a short, strong loin, deep flanks and very muscular hindquarters. The ribs should be well sprung out from the spine, forming a broad, strong back, then curving down and inward to form a deep body that would be nearly heart-shaped if viewed in cross-section. The topline of the back should be firm and level. The chest should be broad, very deep and well let down between the forelegs. The forechest should extend well in front of the legs and drop well down into the brisket. The chest should not be flat or concave, and the brisket should nicely fill an average man's slightly-cupped hand. The lowest point of the brisket should be such that an average man's fist would fit under it with little or no overhead clearance.


     The shoulders should be well laid back and moderately well knit at the withers. The forelegs should be very heavy in bone, straight or slightly bent with elbows close to the body, and set in under the shoulder blade with a definite forechest in front of them. Scottish Terriers should not be out at the elbows. The forefeet should be larger than the hind feet, round, thick and compact with strong nails. The front feet should point straight ahead, but a slight "toeing out" is acceptable. Dew claws may be removed.


     The Scottish Terrier should have a broken coat. It is a hard, wiry outer coat with a soft, dense undercoat. The coat should be trimmed and blended into the furnishings to give a distinct Scottish Terrier outline. The dog should be presented with sufficient coat so that the texture and density may be determined. The longer coat on the beard, legs and lower body may be slightly softer than the body coat but should not be or appear fluffy.


     The thighs should be very muscular and powerful for the size of the dog with the stifles well bent and the legs straight from hock to heel. Hocks should be well let down and parallel to each other.     



First, make sure Scotties are the right breed for you. They are not the breed for everyone! If you are new to the breed, here are some question and links that might help you decide: Scottish Terrier Club of America. Nationally known STCA breeder, Charla Hill's webpage "Buying a Scottie"  as well as Petdogs-L How to choose a breed.

Some questions to ask yourself and the seller will also:

1)   Will the Scottie be shown or a companion dog?

2)   Are you expecting to breed?

3)   How far will you travel to get the Scottie?

4)   Do you have a fenced yard?

5)   Do you have a swimming pool?

6)   Do you have a specific sex, age or color?

Scottie puppies aren’t cheap! Prices vary according to the area of the country. The price for a quality purebred pet puppy in the West is usually different from  the East Coast or Midwest That said, Scottie puppies are not inexpensive and the price should be discussed with the breeder.

     Still want to go through with it? If you’ve asked yourself the above questions and are sure that you know the answers and can satisfy the breeder we refer you to, send an email to our Breeder Referral contact.

This is a public service. We are not endorsing any breeder nor the dogs produced by any breeder. The Washington State Scottish Terrier Club, does not provide referrals for stud service.

If you are looking to be referred to a breeder of Scottish Terriers, please fill in the form below.


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