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Scottish Terrier

Origin: Great Britain

AKC Group: Terrier

Height: Approximately 10 inches (25.5 cm) (Male)

Weight: 18 pounds (Male)

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Origin: 
Great Britain
Male height: 
Approximately 10 inches (25.5 cm)
Male weight: 
18 pounds
Coat: 
Broken double coat with a very harsh, wiry outercoat, and a soft, dense undercoat.
Colors: 
Black, wheaten or any color of brindle.
History: 

For centuries, hunters in the Scottish Highlands kept sturdy dogs who were compact and fearless enough to go to ground after quarry. Today, we can't be sure which of several terrier types found in the region was the ancestor of what is now known as the Scottish Terrier, or "Scottie." It is likely that the Scottish Terrier, Cairn Terrier and West Highland White Terrier are closely related.

We do know that dogs resembling today's Scotties were brought out of Scotland in the late 1870s by Captain W.W. Mackie. By the 1880s, a breed standard had been set, and the Scottie gained admirers in England, Canada and the United States.

Personality: 
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.
At home: 
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.
Exercise: 
Daily exercise is essential for the Scottie in the form of a brisk walk or lively game.
Feeding: 
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.
Training: 
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.
Compatibility: 
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.
Health: 
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.
Fun fact: 

The breed became very popular in the United States during the Depression and following World War II because of the public prominence of Fala, the beguiling and devoted Scottie owned by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Grooming blurb: 
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.
Disclaimer: 
This document has been published with the intent to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter within. While every reasonable precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, the author and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any errors, omissions, or adverse effects arising from the use or application of the information contained herein. The techniques and suggestions are used at the reader's discretion.