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Scottish Terrier

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Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terriers have a thick, wavy coat that hangs to the ground. The coat is harsh with a soft undercoat. This double coat helps to protect it from harsh weather. Coat colors include black, wheaten or brindle of any color. The hair on the body is long, like a skirt. The prominent eyebrows and mustache draw attention to the elongated head and give him a scowling appearance. The ears are pricked and erect. They have a large nose and large teeth. There is a stop between the muzzle and the skull. The eyes are dark and almond-shaped and the short neck is muscular. The tail is medium length and is carried straight or slightly curved. A soft or curly coat or round, protruding or light eyes will be penalized.

Temperament Scotties are playful and friendly as puppies; however, as they mature into a dignified adult, their moods and behavior could change. They can become very temperamental and snappish as an adult. They make good watchdogs. They are inclined to be stubborn; therefore, they need firm yet gentle handling. They are very sensitive to criticism and praise, so please train gently. Never hit a terrier and do not play aggressive games with them. They have no interest in anyone outside their own family ? attaching themselves to one or two people. They love to dig and bark and do better with older children.
Height, Weight Height: 10-11" ; Weight: 19-23 lbs.
Health Problems They are prone to Scottie Cramp, Von Willebrand's disease, skin and jaw problems, flea allergies and have difficulties giving birth.
Living Conditions Scotties will do great living in an apartment and do fine without a yard. This breed prefers cooler climates.
Exercise This breed loves to walk but give them an average-sized yard and they will exercise themselves. They delight in fetching balls and sticks.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming This breed should be professionally groomed twice a year. Brush coat often when they are shedding. Bathe only when necessary. Trim hair on the face and brush forward.
Origin For a time, they were dubbed the Aberdeen Terrier, due to the central location of the breed in that area. They are related to the West Highland White Terrier. They were developed in Scotland in the 1700s, but were breed to be a small, long, low breed. They were used to hunt otter, fox, rabbit and badger. Today, they are mostly used as companion dogs, but still retain their hunting instincts. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier