Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

Origin and brief history:

As the breed name implies, the Scottish Terrier was bred in Scotland during the 1700’s.  Initially, the breed was called the Aberdeen Terrier, named after a town in Scotland.  It is one of five terrier breeds that originated in Scotland.  The First Earl of Dumbarton gave their nickname, “the diehard,” to them.  Back then, the Scottish Terrier was used to hunt animals such as rabbits and foxes.  The breed made its first appearance in America in the late 1800’s, and was officially recognized by the American Kennel club in 1885.  United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt owned a Scottish Terrier, Fala, who is included in his statue in Washington D.C.





The Scottish Terrier can be a very good watchdog due to their ability to reserve their barking for strangers only.  The breed is very friendly and lovable.  Scottish Terriers are also very intelligent and proud.  They are considered to be good house pets.  The breed can be stubborn, but with firm and gentle training, those problems can be avoided.  Being firm is very important.  However, it is also important not to be aggressive with the breed.  Scottish Terriers will recognize an owner whose commands are not sincere and ignore them.  This type of behavior makes the breed not a great fit with young children.  Because young children lack an authoritative voice, Scottish Terriers will act as a leader towards them.  If kept in a house with children, the children need to be taught to show leadership towards the dog.  The breed enjoys playing ball games and walks.  Its temperament leads people to describe the Scottish Terrier as a big dog in a small body.





Scottish Terrier’s have a harsh coat.  Regular brushing is necessary, and more care is needed when the dog is shedding.  Scottish Terriers need to be professionally trimmed at least twice a year.  The hair on their face should be trimmed short, while their body hair should remain long.



Specification of breed:


Scottish Terriers of both genders grow to be between 10 to 11 inches.  Males will weight around 19 to 23 pounds, while females will weigh around 18 to 21 pounds.  Dogs of this breed are expected to live 12 to 15 years.



Buyer Beware:


Scottish Terrier’s are prone to various illnesses.  One disease specific to the breed is the Scottie Cramp.  This disease causes spasms, which may repeat a few times a day.  The spasms become worse and more frequent with age.  Scottish Terriers are also prone to developing Von Willebrand Disease, which causes severe bleeding.  Flea allergies and jaw problems can also arise.



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