Scottish Terrier Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier


The Scottish Terrier (Scottie), 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. The Scottish Terrier was officially recognized the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Height: 10-11 inches  Weight: 18-22 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 a soft and dense undercoat. Hard and wiry topcoat reaches approximately 2 inches in length and serves as a shield against bad weather. Scottish Terriers are small hypoallergenic dogs. 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 generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be 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. The Scottish Terrier has a life expectancy of 13 to 14 years.

Weight / Height

The male Scottish Terrier dog breed’s height is around 10 – 11 inches and weighs around 19 and 22 pounds. Female Scottish Terrier dogs can reach a size from 10 – 11 inches and weighs between 18 and 21 pounds.


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 a 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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