Approximately 10 inches (25.5 cm)
Broken double coat with a very harsh, wiry outercoat, and a soft, dense undercoat.
Black, wheaten or any color of brindle.
Full of character, the Scottie is intelligent, courageous, dignified and loyal. As a puppy, he is playful, but as he grows up, he takes on a more purposeful air. He is even-tempered and deeply devoted to his family, but he is also very independent and won't lavish attention even on those he loves. His discerning nature makes him naturally aloof toward strangers. Those who know him well consider this bewhiskered gentleman to be a friend and companion second to none.
The Scottie is an adaptable dog who can do well in just about any living situation. He enjoys an outdoor romp but is not happy if banished to live outside - although independent, he is still devoted to human companionship. Quick and intelligent, he makes an alert watchdog. The breed loves to dig, so if you are intent on keeping your garden looking perfect, you'll have to find a way to "Scottie-proof" it.
A Scottie may enjoy activities like earthdog, agility or tracking. Also, games like chasing a ball, going after a squeaker toy in a businesslike fashion and taking long walks to keep tabs on the neighborhood are all appealing to the Scottie.
Daily exercise is essential for the Scottie in the form of a brisk walk or lively game.
Scotties are enthusiastic eaters who will usually gobble whatever they're fed. Because of this trait, their food intake must be monitored to prevent obesity. They need the highest-quality diet to ensure that they are getting the nutrition they need.
The Scottish Terrier is clever and has an independent spirit, and he will dominate the household unless taught to mind his manners from an early age. However, he has a strong desire to please, and praise from his owner will win more compliance than will harshness.
A well-socialized Scottie can get along with all types of people, but he will be naturally wary of strangers. He loves children, especially those with whom he has been raised. The Scottie's feisty nature may manifest as aggression toward other dogs, and his strong instinct to go after quarry may cause him to regard the neighbor's cat or a small pet as prey.
The average life span of the breed is 12 to 15 years. Breed health concerns may include craniomandibular osteopathy; Cushing's syndrome; epilepsy; hypothyroidism; juvenile cataracts; liver shunts; Scottie Cramp; and von Willebrand disease.
The Scottie should be brushed or combed at least once a week, with special attention paid to the shaggy furnishings on his head and the lower parts of his body. His "jacket" - the coat covering his neck, back, rump, and the top half of his shoulders and rib cage - is best maintained if kept fairly short by stripping or clipping every several months.
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