Scottish Terrier



The Scottish Terrier, as the name implies, was developed in Scotland centuries ago. He is the oldest representative of the Highland terriers. Scottish Terriers are playful and very inquisitive. Despite its compact size, this breed is very muscular and has a strong constitution. The Scottish Terriers is a wonderful companion dog, a real member of the family.

Height: 10-11 inches  Weight: 19-23 pounds  Lifespan: 13-14 years


Scottish Terriers are small, short-legged dogs. They are compact and sturdy. This breed is loyal to its family, but the Scottie is very careful with unfamiliar people. Scottish Terriers are loving, very intelligent and independent little dogs. Comparable Breeds: The West Highland White Terrier and Cairn Terrier.


Scottish Terriers decide what to do and where to go. These dogs always vigilantly guard their territory. Hence, this breed is an excellent watchdog and will never bark without reason. The Scottie may exhibit aggression towards other dog breeds and cats, if they are not properly socialized when young. This breed is not fond of annoying and unruly children.

Coat / Care:

Scottish Terriers have a rough coat with soft and dense undercoat. Hard and wiry topcoat reaches approximately 2 inches in length and serves as a shield against bad weather. This breed is a very low shedder. Most often, the Scottish Terrier has a black color, but he can be brindle, gray, sandy or wheaten. White is not allowed. In order to prevent tangling of the hair, Scotties should be cleaned at least 2 times a week. Professional trimming or grooming is not necessary.

Health Problems:

The Scottish Terrier is prone to bladder cancer, cataracts, hypothyroidism and von Willebrand disease. In addition, this breed is very sensitive to flea bites and often has skin problems.


To prevent aggression toward other dogs, the Scottish Terrier requires socialization and obedience training from an early age. Scottish Terriers are quite stubborn, so training should be based on positive reinforcement, such as praise and tasty reward. With proper training, this breed can be very successful in obedience trials and various kinds of dog sports.


The Scottish Terrier is always ready for adventure. This breed needs long walks, but Scotties easily get tired, especially at high temperatures. These dogs likes to play with a ball or a stick. The Scottish Terrier can live in an apartment, provided that he exercises sufficiently. This dog will become destructive otherwise. Scotties are loud howlers and are prone to digging.

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