Scottish Terrier Dog Breed Information Guide


One of the most recognizable of the terrier dog breeds, the Scottish Terrier is a handsome and spirited dog with a mind of it’s own and a lot of spunk to back it up. Despite it’s glamorous looks, the Scottie is a terrier, developed and bred to hunt rats, rodents and other vermin. That initial purpose is still very much a part of the Scottish Terrier personality, lending tenacity and fearlessness to this unique and endearing breed of terrier.

Scottish Terrier History

Affectionately known as the “Scottie”, the Scottish Terrier is a working terrier that hails from the Scottish Highlands, and was once a member of the “Scotch Terrier Group”, which included a variety of terrier types. This group underwent renaming in the mid 1800’s by British dog fanciers in an attempt to differentiate between the various breeds, and the Scottie was given the name “Hard-Haired Scotch Terrier”. Two years later, the breed was renamed the Scottish Terrier and continues to carry that name today.

Scottish Terrier Appearance

The Scottie is a sturdy, low-set terrier that stands about 10 inches at the shoulder and weighs from 18 to 22 pounds. It’s outer coat is hard and wiry with a dense, softer undercoat. The coat comes in colors of are grey, brindle, black or wheaten.

Scottish Terrier Temperament

Playful, lovable and very loyal, the Scottie makes and excellent house dog and family pet. He also makes a great watchdog, and will eagerly alert his owners to the presence of intruders. Scotties can be aggressive with other dogs, so special care should be taken to avoid “canine disagreements”.

Scottish Terrier Exercise Info

Scotties love the great outdoors, and should be given at least one brisk walk each day. Like all terriers, Scotties should not be let off leash (unless you have an entire day to spend on a wild goose (or should we say Scottie) chase.

Scottish Terrier Grooming Info

To keep the trim, “Scottie” look, regular grooming is required, although many owners prefer to clipper their Scotties to soften the hard-textured coat and reduce grooming time and expense.

Scottish Terrier Training Info

Scottish Terriers, like the terriers they are, are stubborn and difficult to train. They require early and consistent obedience training and need to be constantly reminded that they are not in charge.

It’s best to start the process of teaching a Scottie who’s boss from early puppyhood, and take special efforts not to let him get the upper hand. Any attempts to usurp your status as alpha dog should be dealt with immediately and consistently.

With consistent training and a firm hand, a Scottie makes a great companion.

Scottish Terrier Health Info

As with any purebred breed of dog, the Scottie is not without health issues that can be a concern. Anyone considering a Scottish Terrier as their breed of choice should be knowledgeable about health conditions that can be prevalent in the breed, and take extra efforts to find a highly reputable breeder who carefully screens their dogs for health issues prior to breeding. A responsible breeder will be very knowledgeable about the Scottie breed, and will be able to advise you about the pros – and the cons of owning this special breed of dog. A reputable breeder will place the health and longevity of her dogs and puppies first and foremost.

There are three main health concerns that can occur in the Scottish Terrier breed. These are:

VonWillebrands Disease
Scottie Cramp
Cranio-mandibular Osteopathy

For more indepth information about these canine disorders, please visit the following site: Scottie Health and Grooming

Scottish Terrier Right Breed Info

Scotties are well-suited to almost any accommodations, whether country or city, apartment or acreage, provided that regular daily walks are offered.

Scottish Terriers, like almost any terrier breed, are probably not the best choice for families with small children or small dogs, cats or other pets.

If you’re not keen on having a high-maintenance dog when it comes to grooming, then a Scottie is not a great choice either.

However, if you are looking for a spunky dog with plenty of character, rugged good looks and a rich history, then a Scottish Terrier could be your dream dog.

More Information about the Scottish Terrier Dog Breed

Scottish Terrier on Wikipedia