With their expressive brown eyes and iconic body shape, it’s no surprise that the Scottie is one of the most easily recognizable dog breeds. They are small but mighty. Members of this breed have minds of their own. New dog parents take heed: you’ll have to dedicate some time to training (especially focusing on Scottie’s tendency to nip) in order to have an easy-to-get-along-with member of your family. The Scottish Terrier, while adorable, is not necessarily a “starter” breed.
Male: 19- 22 lbs. Female: 18 -21 lbs.
The Scottish Terrier requires a brisk walk or jog every day to expend energy and stay trim. Note: Scotties will need to stay on a leash. Because of their hunting instincts, these dogs love to chase after animals. They also enjoy playing catch and excel at work in the agility ring.
Slobbering or shedding is not an issue with this breed.
Barking and Volume:
Scotties are average barkers who generally only woof at park animals and any potential intruders on your property.
The Scottish Terrier is headstrong and not the easiest breed to train. Parents need to exercise firm leadership and set clear boundaries. Consistency is key. If you decide on a Scottie, keep in mind that these dogs respond best to positive reinforcement and will rebel against harsh reprimands. This breed is not recommended for new dog parents.
Health Factors: Common medical disorders include Scottie cramp (a movement disease), von Willebrand’s disease and skin problems. The Scottish Terrier is also susceptible to bladder and urinary tract cancer. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Professional grooming is necessary every two months.
Training: A puppy class is an absolute must for this breed. Since the Scottie is a stubborn dog, you may need to sign up for more obedience classes throughout adulthood.
Other: These little dogs love to dig. Be prepared to shell out money to fix your garden.
You’ll need to thoroughly brush your Scottie’s coat twice a week to remove any knots and loose hair. Additionally, this breed needs to be clipped by a groomer every two months to keep his coat healthy and strong. Bathe only when necessary.
If you have young children at home, you may want to hold off on getting a Scottie. These dogs don’t have a lot of patience for poking or prodding and they have a tendency to nip at ankles. However, the Scottish Terrier does well with older children and can be a wonderful addition to a family.
11 to 13 years.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Scotties are generally good with other pets, but they are also quite content being the only dog in your household. When it comes to park animals, though, remember to keep your Scottie on a leash at all times. This breed loves to terrorize wild animals, such as squirrels, raccoons and even opossums.
Friendliness: Towards People
Nicknamed the “snotty Scottie,” the Scottish Terrier isn’t known to be the most affectionate breed in the world. Indeed, Scotties can be moody dogs who want to play with you one minute and snap at you in the next. However, Scotties remain a popular breed because of their charm and intense loyalty to their family. They make excellent watchdogs as they are naturally reserved towards strangers.
BE PREPARED FOR: A tendency towards mood swings, but a charming and loyal pup.