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"A Scottie’s character is hard to analyze, as are all colorful personalities;
and it may perhaps best be described as an ever-blazing internal fire,
both physical and temperamental that shines forth from his eyes,
vitalizes his expression, invigorates his body and animates his activity."
S. S. Van Dine (from The New Complete Scottish Terrier, by John Marvin)

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The <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scottish Terrier</a> , as implied by its name, has its origins in Scotland and is a member of the Terrier Group. What may not be realized is that there were no specific types of <a href="/page/Terriers" target="_top">Terriers</a> up until around 1800. Scotties had been loosely grouped as either long-legged or short-legged. Each region would breed for type, that is how we now have the Cairn, West Highland White, Skye, and Dandie Dinmont Terriers.

The Scottish Terrier is thought to be an ancestor of the other four Terriers. The Dandie Dinmont was the first of these Terriers to break off and to stand alone as a distinct and separate breed. However, the remaining four were grouped together until 1917, when The Kennel Club of Great Britain prohibited interbreeding. It is believed that until this time, all four types could be found in a single litter.

What needs to be kept in mind is that the early breeding practices were not exactly scientific. Nothing was written down. The rule was if a dog performed its function well, it stayed. If the dog would not, or could not, perform its function, it was gone. The Scottish Terrier was bred to be a serious working farm dog. It hunted varmints, and exterminated them. Some of the varmints included foxes, badgers, wildcats, weasels, otters, rats, and anything else that gave the Scottish farmer a problem. This dog needed to be able to work independently of the farmer, the dog had a job to do and he was expected to do it with little direction from the farmer, who had his own work to do. The breed became protective of the farmer's land (territorial) and being intelligent and confident, rather domineering.

The Scottish Terrier made its first appearance in a show ring in 1860. What is interesting is that under the classification of "Scottish Terrier" there were exhibited other terriers that possessed names such as the "Rough-haired, the Paisley, Highland, Aberdeen and Skye". Apparently it was a classification that did not pertain to the specific breed of Scottish Terrier that we know today, it was simply a way of defining a group of terriers from Scotland.

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The Scottish Terrier was bred in Scotland as a fierce hunter of foxes and badgers. The first show to have a class for the Scottish Terrier was in 1860. John Naylor is credited with being the first to introduce the Scottie to this country. The first registered Scottie in America was Dake born Sept. 15, 1884.

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In 1883, there was a movement among Scottish Terrier owners to purify and maintain the Scottie as a separate breed. A standard was written and adopted by a specialty club in Scotland for the "Hard-Haired Scotch Terrier". In 1887, a Scottish Terrier Club was established ironically in England, than in 1888, a similar club was established in Scotland.

The Scottish Terrier made its appearance on the American continent in the 1880's. The A.K.C. registered its first Scottie in 1885. The Scottish Terrier Club of America was establish in 1900.

The Scottish Terrier is not a dog for everyone. Be sure that you are as determined as this dog, and possess a good sense of humor. Scottish Terriers are often referred to as the most human of all breeds and can easily claim the title of the <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Comedians of the Dog World</a>.

This breed is not subservient, even though the loyalty of the dog to his owner is to the death. The Scottie will not always do what it is told to do. He needs to know the answer to the questions, "Why? What's in it for me?"

<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Animal Planet Dog Breed Directory, Scottish Terrier</a>

Great confusion exists about the background of the Scottish terrier, stemming from the early custom of calling all terriers from Scotland Scottish or Scotch terriers. To further confuse matters, the present Scottish terrier was once grouped with Skye Terriers, in reference not to the modern Skye terrier but of a large group of terriers from the Isle of Skye. Whatever the origin, the early Scottish terriers were definitely a hardy lot of Highlanders, used for going to ground in pursuit of their prey. Only in the late 1800s can the Scottish terrier's history be confidently documented.

Of the several short-legged, harsh-coated terriers, the dog now known as the Scottish Terrier was most favored in the Aberdeen area, and so for a time it was called the Aberdeen Terrier. By the 1870s, the situation had become so confusing that a series of protests were made, ultimately leading to a detailed description of how the true Scottish Terrier should appear. Around 1880, the first breed standard was put forth. The first Scotty came to America in 1883. It gradually gained popularity until World War II, after which its popularity soared ....The Scottish Terrier remains a fixture of the Terrier Group, always a contender in the show ring and a favorite in the home. See <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Animal Planet Terrier Group</a> page for more descriptionss of other Terrier purebreds. If you find a Scottish Terrier is not for you, perhaps another Terrier Breed may suit your family situation better.

Presidential Scottish Terriers

The most well-known Scotty in America was Fala , <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">President Franklin Roosevelt</a>'s dog, who was his constant companion in life and buried at his side in death. Fala was born April 7, 1940. Fala was a gift to the President from his cousin, Margaret Stuckley. FDR had several Scotties before Fala including one named Duffy and another one named Mr. Duffy. Fala survived Roosevelt by seven years and was buried alongside him. A statue of him alongside Roosevelt is prominently featured in <a class="external" title="Washington, D.C." href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Washington, D.C.</a>'s <a class="external" title="Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial</a> .

<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">President George W. Bush</a> and <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush</a> cherish their Scottish Terriers, <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barney</a> and <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Miss Beazley</a>. Visit Barney's The White House <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Barney Cams</a> and photographs.

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The <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">American Kennel Club</a> (AKC) maintains a <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Registry</a> of <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scottish Terriers</a>. Unfortunately some competitors known as conformation "Show Only Breeders" emphasize type over temperament and health. These particular set of breeders practice inbreeding and do not embrace diversity of lines for reputable breeding practice. This irresponsible breeding production is impacting a formerly strong breed and has led to Scottish Terrier DNA Pool to become "depressed."

"The best Scottish Terriers competing in AKC are "pet" (literally meaning beloveds) Scottish Terriers. Breeders of particular note are the "Hallmark Breeders" who own, train, handle, and show their own. Occasionally Hallmark Breeders may use handlers that non-commercial breed enthusiasts. They do not employ commercial exhibitors who make their living showing other owners' Scotties.

A research tool to determine clear pedigrees (listing no dogs repeated on dam or sire's side) please refer to <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pedigrees Records</a> maintained by Mary O'Neal. Using this valuable tool Scottish Terrier Enthusiasts can sort the inbred lines from diverse, clean lines that are much more likely to produce healthy, happy, friendly, and longer living Scotties.

One of many competing Registries with AKC is the <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">United Kennel Club</a> (UKC), USA whose major emphasis is breeding <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ScottishTerriers</a> for health, temperament, and type <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">standardization</a> in that order to "build " happy and healthy athletes. UKC encourages enthusiasts with friendly athletic competitions of Obedience, Earth Dog, Fly Ball, Agility and other organized <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">sporting activities</a> becoming popular with a growing number of Scottish Terrier Enthusiasts joining <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">CKC</a>'s ranks to gradually eclipse the AKC's former stronghold. UKC is gaining a growing number of registrants and former judges of AKC.

For full registration, parents of pure blood must first be registered in the same registry. The breeder will keep records of the dam's pups so her puppies can be registered also.

According to <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a> in some pedigrees, you will see dogs with <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Titles</a> - letters before and after a dog's name. These can mean a lot or a little, depending on what the titles are for, and how far back or forward they are in a pedigree. Usually the one you see most often is CH in front of a dog's name. This means the dog attained champion status in the conformation ring - he has been judged to look like a good example of what his breed should be, according to that breed's standard (the official description of the breed).

You may also see other letters before or after the dog's name, these are usually working titles. These dogs have been judged in trials to have certain skills, such as hunting, herding, or obedience.

One warning about what titles do not mean: The conformation champion dog (CH) has been judged multiple times on for his looks and motion trotting around a ring only. This does not mean he has a good temperament, or is free from genetic diseases and conditions that can present as hip dysplasia, luxated patellas (bad knees) or heart and thyroid disorders. Avoid purchasing a "conformation show only" puppy that is produced from ancestors using "<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">convenient studs</a>" and overbred females more than two times.

This is generally true of any title, though working titles do address temperament (as health) more than conformation titles. a dysplastic dog is not very likely to become a agility or lure-coursing champion.

Why research into general breed traits, breeders, and health screenings of any breeding dog are so important!

Some International <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Registries</a> maintaining Scottish Terrier Standards include:

A <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pedigree</a> is a record of a dog's ancestors. If all of the ancestors are of the same breed, then the dog is considered purebred. If the dog's ancestors are not all of the same breed, that dog still has ancestors that can be recorded and a pedigree can still be written up. But, this dog would not be purebred, even though he's now got a pedigree. Having a pedigree only means a dog's ancestors are known, not that the dog is purebred. Some breeders count on people not realizing this, and sell mutts as if they were purebreds, saying they are "pedigreed."

At the very least, you should be able to expect that a registered dog is the breed he's supposed to be, and of the parents and ancestors he's supposed to be. Unfortunately, this isn't always true, and the information can be inaccurate or misleading if the breeder is not responsible. For instance, there have been enough problems with inaccurate or falsified pedigrees that the AKC now requires DNA testing on some dogs. United Kennel Club (UKC) has been promoting DNA testing for several years. But all registries will still usually just take a breeder's word that a pedigree is accurate, and this sometimes leads to inaccurate or fraudulent papers on a dog. Good registries will take action for inaccurate records, such as fines or suspension.

The AKC now commercial selling microchips, credit cards and has it's own paid lobby has extended its grasp beyond being a registry that is responsible for organizing AKC Conformation Dog Shows.They are finally working to offer more athletic competitions in order to match the long established events sponsored by the UKC.

<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">AKC's</a> <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scottish Terrier Conformation Show Standards</a> are described as the following:

General Appearance
The Scottish Terrier is a small, compact, short-legged, sturdily-built dog of good bone and substance. His head is long in proportion to his size. He has a hard, wiry, weather-resistant coat and a thick-set, cobby body which is hung between short, heavy legs. These characteristics, joined with his very special keen, piercing, "varminty" expression, and his erect ears and tail are salient features of the breed. The Scottish Terrier's bold, confident, dignified aspect exemplifies power in a small package.
Size, Proportion, Substance
The Scottish Terrier should have a thick body and heavy bone. The principal objective must be symmetry and balance without exaggeration. Equal consideration shall be given to height, weight, length of back and length of head. Height at withers for either sex should be about 10 inches. The length of back from withers to set-on of tail should be approximately 11 inches. Generally, a well-balanced Scottish Terrier dog should weigh from 19 to 22 pounds and a bitch from 18 to 21 pounds.
The head should be long in proportion to the overall length and size of the dog. In profile, the skull and muzzle should give the appearance of two parallel planes. The skull should be long and of medium width, slightly domed and covered with short, hard hair. In profile, the skull should appear flat. There should be a slight but definite stop between the skull and muzzle at eye level, allowing the eyes to be set in under the brow, contributing to proper Scottish Terrier expression. The skull should be smooth with no prominences or depressions and the cheeks should be flat and clean. The muzzle should be approximately equal to the length of skull with only a slight taper to the nose. The muzzle should be well filled in under the eye, with no evidence of snippiness. A correct Scottish Terrier muzzle should fill an average man's hand. The nose should be black, regardless of coat color, and of good size, projecting somewhat over the mouth and giving the impression that the upper jaw is longer than the lower. The teeth should be large and evenly spaced, having either a scissor or level bite, the former preferred. The jaw should be square, level and powerful. Undershot or overshot bites should be penalized. The eyes should be set wide apart and well in under the brow. They should be small, bright and piercing, and almond-shaped not round. The color should be dark brown or nearly black, the darker the better. The ears should be small, prick, set well up on the skull and pointed, but never cut. They should be covered with short velvety hair. From the front, the outer edge of the ear should form a straight line up from the side of the skull. The use, size, shape and placement of the ear and its erect carriage are major elements of the keen, alert, intelligent Scottish Terrier expression.
Neck, Topline, Body
The neck should be moderately short, strong, thick and muscular, blending smoothly into well laid back shoulders. The neck must never be so short as to appear clumsy. The body should be moderately short with ribs extending well back into a short, strong loin, deep flanks and very muscular hindquarters. The ribs should be well sprung out from the spine, forming a broad, strong back, then curving down and inward to form a deep body that would be nearly heart-shaped if viewed in cross-section. The topline of the back should be firm and level. The chest should be broad, very deep and well let down between the forelegs. The forechest should extend well in front of the legs and drop well down into the brisket. The chest should not be flat or concave, and the brisket should nicely fill an average man's slightly-cupped hand. The lowest point of the brisket should be such that an average man's fist would fit under it with little or no overhead clearance. The tail should be about seven inches long and never cut. It should be set on high and carried erectly, either vertical or with a slight curve forward, but not over the back. The tail should be thick at the base, tapering gradually to a point and covered with short, hard hair.
The shoulders should be well laid back and moderately well knit at the withers. The forelegs should be very heavy in bone, straight or slightly bent with elbows close to the body, and set in under the shoulder blade with a definite forechest in front of them. Scottish Terriers should not be out at the elbows. The forefeet should be larger than the hind feet, round, thick and compact with strong nails. The front feet should point straight ahead, but a slight "toeing out" is acceptable. Dew claws may be removed.
The thighs should be very muscular and powerful for the size of the dog with the stifles well bent and the legs straight from hock to heel. Hocks should be well let down and parallel to each other.
The Scottish Terrier should have a broken coat. It is a hard, wiry outer coat with a soft, dense undercoat. The coat should be trimmed and blended into the furnishings to give a distinct Scottish Terrier outline. The dog should be presented with sufficient coat so that the texture and density may be determined. The longer coat on the beard, legs and lower body may be slightly softer than the body coat but should not be or appear fluffy.
Black, wheaten or brindle of any color. Many black and brindle dogs have sprinklings of white or silver hairs in their coats which are normal and not to be penalized. White can be allowed only on the chest and chin and that to a slight extent only.
The gait of the Scottish Terrier is very characteristic of the breed. It is not the square trot or walk desirable in the long-legged breeds. The forelegs do not move in exact parallel planes; rather, in reaching out, the forelegs incline slightly inward because of the deep broad forechest. Movement should be free, agile and coordinated with powerful drive from the rear and good reach in front. The action of the rear legs should be square and true and, at the trot, both the hocks and stifles should be flexed with a vigorous motion. When the dog is in motion, the back should remain firm and level.

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Scottish Terriers are known to be stubborn, but they are also can be very obedient to their owners if properly trained. They do not take scolding well. Like many terriers they may bark a fair amount and can be aggressive with other dogs especially on leash. The Scotty is said to be fearless by some so don't be surprised if your dog wants to take on a breed 2-3 times its size.

The Scottish Terrier should be alert and spirited but also stable and steady-going. He is a determined and thoughtful dog whose "heads up, tails up" attitude in the ring should convey both fire and control. The Scottish Terrier, while loving and gentle with people, can be aggressive with other dogs. He should exude ruggedness and power, living up to his nickname, the "Die-hard."

To read a humorous, yet accurate list of unique Scottish Terrier behaviors that truly describes why Scotties from other breeds please refer to <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Frap!</a> .

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Ch Fireheart's Guns N' Roses
Bred, Owned, and Handled by Marianne Melucci

Breed: Scottish Terrier

Sex: Dog
AKC: RM 35990701
Date of Birth: December 15, 2001
Breeder: John Melucci & Marianne B Melucci
Sire: Ch Deblin's Street Talk
Dam: Ch Rockinghams Gypsy Rose Lee
NJP Owner: Marianne B Melucci & John Melucci & Deborah A Brookes
Photos: Breed judging, <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show</a> .
Winner of Best in Opposite Sex, Westminster, 2006.
Winner of Best in Breed, <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">AKC/Eukanuba Natonal Championship</a>, 2005.
See the breed judging at Westminster for <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scottish Terriers</a> , 2006 video.
See the <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Westminster Scottish Terrier Breed Judging Video, 2007</a> featuring
Marianne and her current show competitor, Ch Fireheart's Magnum Opus, first Scottie shown.

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  • The Scottish Terrier was bred in Scotland as a fierce hunter of foxes and badgers.
  • The first show to have a class for the Scottish Terrier was in 1860.
  • John Naylor is credited with being the first to introduce the Scottie to this country.
  • The first registered Scottie in America was "Dake" whelped Sept. 15, 1884
  • Please see: CanaDogs<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">, Scottish Terrier Canada</a> .
    Scottish Terriers are the most well-known and possibly the oldest of the Terriers hailing from the Highlands of Scotland. Ancestors of the Scottie were discovered by the Romans when they invaded Britain in 55 BC. The word terrier derives from the Latin "terrarii" from the word for "earth" ("tera") .

<img title="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" alt="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" src="" align="bottom" height="20" width="27"> So you want to own a Scottish Terrier?

The Scottish Terrier is absolutely dependable and loyal, but may sometimes appear aloof and independent. He is not a docile pet. Although he enjoys his independence and can have a hot temper, the Scottie is very sensitive and will make a good pet for someone who understands his feisty nature.

This rating of characteristics assessment is part of the <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Animal Planet's Dog Breed Directory Scottish Terriers's Dog Profile</a> .

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AKC Ranking: 43 (Ranking in number of AKC Registrations.) Family: Terrier Area of Origin: Scotland Date of Origin: 1800s Original Function: vermin hunting Today's Function: earthdog trials Avg Size of male: Height: 10 Weight: 19-22 Avg Size of Female: Height: 10 Weight: 18-21 Other Name: Aberdeen Terrier

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  • Puppies ... are babies. All babies are cute, cuddly and fun to watch whether they're playing or sleeping. It's wonderful to watch a baby grow, explore and learn. However, we can't predict what kind of personality that baby will have as an adult. It's impossible to look at the rows of human babies in a hospital nursery and know who will be athletic or academic, quiet or talkative, high-or low-energy, artistically or mechanically gifted, sociable or a "loner."
  • Many physical traits of certain types or breeds of dogs and cats can be fairly predictable. Some are good traits like size, coat and hair types, and some are bad, such as over-breeding, health problems and so forth... ... terriers like to dig. These traits can be predicted to a limited degree, however, it's hazardous to make too many assumptions.

Read the fair and balanced description of what is and what isn't good about Scottish Terriers from the excellent site of Michelle Welton's <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Advice You Can Trust: 180 Dog Breed Reviews</a> .

There are energetic Scotties, and placid Scotties; Hard-headed Scotties, and sweet-natured Scotties; Serious Scotties, and good-natured goof balls; Introverted Scotties, and Scotties who love everyone.

<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scottish Terrier may be right for you</a> if would like:

  • A "big dog with short legs" i.e. built low to the ground, but with a robust body, heavy bone, and a strong temperament
  • Bold and jaunty, yet also calmer and more dignified than most other terriers
  • Needs only moderate exercise
  • Makes a determined watchdog with a surprisingly deep bark
  • Doesn't shed that much

However if you don't want a dog that is:

  • One of the most self-willed and independent of the terriers
  • Suspiciousness/sharpness toward strangers in some lines, or when not socialized enough
  • Aggressive toward other animals -- chasing instincts
  • In needs of regular clipping/trimming of the coat
  • Subject to a multitude of health problems --
    you may want to reconsider purchasing a Scottish Terrier

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<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scottish Terriers</a> should never be off lead. No matter the hundreds of hours of obedience training a squirrel or other varmint is much more interesting to a Scottie than their Terrier Human Family Member. Scotties are considered "runners". When not on a secure leash and rolled leather collar they must be in a fenced in area. Scottish Terriers were developed to go to ground so instinctively they can burrow out of any fence with ease.

Constant supervision of Scotties is essential to prevent escaping to the street to be maimed or killed, becoming rescues, not being returned to their families, or being stolen. Scottish Terriers are the number two most stolen of all purebreds. Only the Bully breeds are taken more frequently to be cruelly used as "bait dogs" for pit fighting.

Scottish Terrier theft rings are operating from town-to-town and state-to-state. Their goal is to collect intact females for breeding over and over which will kill dams and produce inferior puppies. Unfortunately spay females cannot be immediately identified nor are non-neutered males taken swiftly. Registration papers for the stolen Scotties are far too easily forged for stud and dam service. These animals used for overbreeding generally live only four years!

As outlined on this page, Scottish Terriers must have routine veterinary visits to maintain health and well being. Veterinary bills can easily mount up to thousands of dollars for the most of critical needs. One must have financial planning factored into the equation before choosing a Scotty. Constant research into the everchanging Scottish Terrier needs is essential to keep Scotties their vigourous best. Finding a mentor and joining dog groups are ways to stay updated and join with other Scottish Terrier Enthusiasts who share and care for their pets.

Formal Obedience Classes are a must! Not all trainers appreciate Terriers. Interview a prospective trainer extensively. Contrary to popular opinion, Scotties are easily trained, but one must know how.

Scotties respond to fully positive instruction with limited positive corrections. Timing is everything. Scotties react quickly so treat delivery must be immediate. Independent Scottish Terriers will resist human attempts to force behaviors. They adore treats and will /work for them. They are the leaders of the class. They say, "OH, you think that is something? "Just watch us!"

<img title="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" alt="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" src="" align="bottom" height="20" width="27"> Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Camille Partridge's Scottish Terrier</a> .

Does this breed require lots of grooming?

In a word, yes! They require regular brushing, and trimming four to six times a year. Regular bathing is NOT recommended, however, as the skin dries out too easily. Show dogs are stripped, the hair being pulled out when long and dead, or blown, but pets should be clipped, as stripping is time-consuming and expensive at a groomers'. The regular things such as tooth brushing, nail clipping, and anal gland care are easily done at home, and clipping isn't hard, either, if one wants to invest in the clippers. Related to skin care is the flea question. I wage nuclear war on fleas, as the breed is relatively sensitive to them. A Scot can chew itself almost bald in next to no time, trying to get one flea!

To learn <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">How to Groom a Scottish Terrier</a> using clippers and scissoring. A good "pet clip" can closely approximate a "hand-stripped" groom. Scotties must be hand-stripped to qualify for breed judged participation for Conformation Shows.

What about exercise requirements?

The Scot is actually an active breed, and can become destructive if not given enough mental and physical stimulation. The short legs do mean less walking for the human partner to get the dog its daily requirements ;-). Seriously, this is not a good jogging or marathon partner, but an ideal walking companion. ON LEASH, please, as the hunting instincts can draw the dog after a rabbit, into the path of a car. The Scot is tough for it's size, but not that tough!

<img title="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" alt="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" src="" align="bottom" height="20" width="27"> Health Issues, Life Expectancy

Scottish Terriers live shorter lives then their "cousin" highlanders of Scotland -- the Skye, Cairn, and West Highland White Terriers who typically live eleven to fourteen years or older. Scotties seldom live past ten or eleven. <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hereditary</a> and other tendencies from bleeding disorders to joint disorders to autoimmune diseases to allergies and skin conditions are more frequent than in other Terrier breeds. Scottish Terriers are risky in the health department.

There is hope for improving Scottish Terriers life expectancy. <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Canine Diversity Project's Longevity Study</a> holds great promise.

The breed has the following syndromes, genetically caused diseases, disorders and acquired immune system maladies according to the <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scottish Terrier Club of America</a> (STCA) and <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a> :

  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scottie Cramp</a> - The most widespread of all the Scottish Terrier hereditary conditions The forelegs move out to the side and forward rather than straight forward, called winging. The spine in the lumbar area may arch and the rear legs begin to over flex. If the excitement or exercise continues, the dog begins to exhibit a "goose-stepping" gait ... The symptoms appear to be caused by a buildup or depletion of some chemical compound in the dog's central nervous system, most probably serotonin. The condition is permanent but does not worsen with age.
  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Von Willebrand's Disease</a> - (vWD) an is inherited as an autosomal trait.
    Carriers are asymptomatic but affected dogs may exhibit any of the following symptoms:
    - Severe bleeding of wounds and surgery areas
    - Bleeding from the nose, gums, ears, and sexual organs
    - Serious bruising, bleeding in to the joints, and eliminating organs.
    - Stillbirths or neonatal deaths starting with prolonged bleeding during heat cycle and whelp
    <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">See VetGen's Genetic Test for vWD in Scottish Terriers</a>
  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Cushing's Syndrome</a> - Collection of symptoms caused by an excess of a hormone called cortisol. There are three main causes of Cushing's Syndrome: a tumor on the pituitary gland; a tumor on the adrenal gland; or veterinarians who over-prescribe corticosteroids to treat itching skin. Cushing's is usually treated successfully with a drug called Lysodren
  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hypothyroidism</a>- An underproduction of hormones by the thyroid gland.
    Symptoms include:
    - Abnormal loss of coat with poor coat condition and color fading of coat
    - Chronic skin disorders and infections such as skin allergies and dry or scaling skin
    - Weight gain, infertility, fatigue, lethargy, and intolerance of cold.
  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Epilepsy</a> - Characterized by recurrent seizures with no active underlying disease process occurring in the brain. With dogs with seizures lasting longer than a few minutes treatment is required which can include phenobarbital, dilantin and primidone.
  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Craniomandibular Osteopathy</a> - (CMO) is an inherited disorder characterized by an abnormal growth of the bone of the lower jaw. CMO usually appears between four and seven months. A puppy with CMO usually pulls away, flinches or screams with pain when his mouth is examined, depending on the severity of the disease. A variety of medications may ease the pain. More severe causes may need to be treated with steroids. Bone abnormalities may correct as the puppy reaches adulthood.
  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Liver Shunts</a> - Can be difficult for a breeder to recognize but is easily diagnosed with a bile acid test. Affected puppies are normally small and unthrifty. After eating, they can exhibit bizarre behavior caused by a buildup of ammonia in the bloodstream. Surgery can normally correct the condition, depending on the location of the shunt, but it's not always completely effective and it's very expensive, often running into thousands of dollars. A few dogs but multi lines are beginning to show signs of this formerly rare to the breed inherited malformation. Liver Shunts generally are more prevalent in Yorkshire Terriers.
  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Juvenile Cataracts</a> - A clouding of the lens of the eye. To date, only a few dogs have been affected by juvenile cataracts and apparently only one line. In Miniature Schnauzers, congenital juvenile cataracts are caused by a simple autosomal recessive gene. In other words, both parents must be carriers.
  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Atopy</a> - Usually itchy, particularly the hands and feet. The skin may be red and irritated due to scratching, and the ears may also be inflamed. The symptoms of food allergy are difficult to distinguish from those of atopy.
  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Deafness</a> - Conduction deafness is caused by abnormalities of the pinna (external ear), ear canal, tympanic membrane (eardrum), auditory ossicles or middle ear. Waxy debris occluding the ear canal, tympanic membrane, and severe ear infections are all examples of diseases causing conduction deafness. Neurologic or sensorineural deafness is caused by abnormalities of the inner ear, auditory nerve or in the brain itself. Inherited deafness, drug toxicity and age-related deafness are diseases causing sensorineural deafness.
  • Please review <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dr. W. Jean Dodd's information regarding Vaccines and Challenge Study</a> and the world renown The <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Canine Diversity Project</a> to protect the Scottish Terrier breed from further immune system assault.
  • Please consult <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a> for a number of links to extensive articles and medical information.

Scottish Terriers are particularly sensitive to dangerous vaccine reactions and environmental exposures which have caused immune system failures. The sad truth is the breed has compromised by inbreeding practices. Gene depression in an ever reduced pool has caused a number of congenital defects and tendency to some life threatening, even deadly diseases and defects.

Breadth of pedigree is more important in testing of relatives than depth. That is, it is the parents' siblings and grandparents and their siblings that, when studied as a group, give the most realistic basis for judgment.

There IS hope through the efforts of responsible breeders who do not inbreed and use diverse, healthy breeding stock that not only improves the overall breed but also produces Scotties with even temperaments and type through careful selection, testing, and best practices.

" Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. " ~ Margaret Mead

<img title="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" alt="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" src="" align="bottom" height="20" width="27"> Who is a Responsible Breeder?

  • Those dedicated who accept and practice medically approved breeding methodology as demonstrated by The <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Canine Diversity Project</a> .
  • Realizes it is so very easy to go <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">From Rosettes to Ruin</a>if proper stewardship steps are not taken to protect all purebred Terriers

"... One of my dear friends told me he figured out from me how to tell ‘good’ breeders: Ask them if they make money breeding dogs. If the answer is “no,” (or better yet, “no way”) they are a good breeder. Why? Because a good breeder has poured time and money into his breed that can never be recovered. A good breeder knows the health screenings that are necessary for his breed and is spending the money to have them done ..." "... A puppy you purchase from a reputable breeder comes with a loving, caring dedicated person that will stand behind your new best friend forever ... "

"... A responsible breeder is one who always puts the best interests of the breed and of individual dogs first, above any consideration of profit, trendiness, or personal ambition. A reputable breeder does not produce a litter just to have pups to sell or just because a bitch happened to come into season. He/she produces a litter only after careful consideration of the physical qualities and temperament of the proposed parents, their individual strengths and weaknesses, how their pedigrees (ancestors) relate, and what the proposed breeding would contribute to the improvement of the breed. This is often a difficult and time-consuming process, therefore, it is not surprising to find that a responsible breeder considers the puppies as his/her "kids" and wants only the best homes for them ...."

Scottish Terrier litters require 24/7 supervision. Pups may cause "litter damage" to each other. These puppies play hard! Scotties literally have teeth the size of German Shepherd Dog, pups. It is not uncommon to have ear cut tails bitten . A human must be close at hand to feed and care for the litter on demand.

Hallmarks of a <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Responsible Breeder</a>

  • is eager to share detailed breed information
  • believes there are no "stupid" questions
  • grabs every opportunity to educate
  • explains total breed care
  • supplies shot records, pedigrees, care information
  • explains genetic defects in the breed
  • is willing to let you see the sire & dam
  • questions the buyers ability to care for the dog
  • offers guarantees
  • talks about training and development
  • cares about each and every pup
  • maintains sanitary, clean quarters for the dogs
  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">tests DNA</a>, certifies using approved lineage.

<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Canine Eye Registration Foundation</a> (CERF)
<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Orthopedic Foundation for Animals</a>(OFA)
<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response</a> (BAER)

To read in more detail how to find a fine quality Scottish Terrier begin by reading <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Best Advice Choosing a Quality Puppy</a> as documented by <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dianne Schoenberg's assessment</a>.

<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img title="11 Week Old Scotty Pup" alt="11 Week Old Scotty Pup" src="$auX5GhJJGKQFVlA==24684/GW193H162" align="bottom" height="162" width="193"></a>

<img title="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" alt="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" src="" align="bottom" height="20" width="27"> Puppy and Adoption Tips

Are you absolutely sure a <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scottish Terrier</a> is a good fit for your family?

<a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dog Breed Information Center</a> and <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Animal Welfare Association</a> Guides to read before purchasing or adopting any Breed or Mix:

If you decide a Scottish Terrier is for your family only after your exhaustive research, please read these preparation, introduction, and aftercare tips. Be fully ready for the invasion of a feisty LBD (Little Black Dog, Little Brindle Dog, or Little Blonde Dog.)

Spaying and Neutering
- Consider altering only alter bitches (intact female) and dogs (intact males) no sooner than eight months. Many long time breeders suggest only after the bitch's first season. This comes in sharp contrast to some veterinarians who prefer to spay or neuter shortly after the pup comes to his permanent home.

Puppies altered too young will develop long, thin bones, fail to produce heavy muscle mass, and will have joint ligature deformities. Internal and External Castration is considered major surgery. Make sure you research who is the best veterinary surgeon in your area.

Be aware that shelters require spay and neuter before allowing puppies or dogs going to their adopted families. Consider adopting an adolescent (over eight months old), young adult (youths until age two), adult, and senior instead. You may just avoid expensive veterinary bills in the future if you adopt an adolescent that was spay or neutered after their eigth month. Unless there are ready bitches in your area you may want to consider keeping your male intact. Do not follow for the myth that neutering males stops them from marking, calms them down, and they are less apt to escape. All of these assumptions are behavior problems best addressed with formal training.

<img title="Rescue Brandi" alt="Rescue Brandi"


align="bottom" height="158" width="340">

<img title="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" alt="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" src="" align="bottom" height="20" width="27"> Scottish Terrier Rescue

Not everyone wishes to bring home a puppy, young adult, adult, or senior Scotty from a breeder. Working through <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">legitimate not-for-profit rescue</a> is a possibility.

Be prepared to pay $350 or higher for these dogs that are full-bred but do not carry full AKC or other breed registry papers. Be aware however the actual number of adoptable Scotties are very few. Often people put in their application and must wait over two years. Others may get preference over those on a waiting list to adopt much sooner. Some people may be referred to as hoarders that collect more than two rescue Scotties from a disreputable source for their own purposes.

Obviously not all people with three or more Scottish Terriers are hoarders. .As outlined above Scottish Terriers are few in number which makes the demand far outstrip the supply. This demand places Scotties in danger of being stolen and resold.

An important reason to carefully research a rescue organization is to make sure they were legitmately surrendered to their organization. Direct supervision and a safe place in an enthusiast's yard must always be maintained to protect Scottish Terriers. Some Scotties are taken from their own backyards while their human is at home!

Beware just like you would researching a breeder; make sure the rescue organization has maintained traceable and references of other adopters of Scotties. As for their references! Just as there are reputable, responsible breeders there are also reputable rescue organizations versus those who practice illegal and immoral acts against rescue animals.

  • Do they carry federal government non-profit, 501(c)3 organizational status providing shelter for orphaned animals, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet assisted therapy and humane education for the community?
  • Will they disclose where the Scottish Terrier was obtained and under what circumstances such as owner surrendering?

As a result of the confiscation and stealing of a few illegal organizations, some local shelters will no longer allow rescue organizations not from their locality to obtain Scottish Terriers. Groups may rescue dogs not adopted after a brief period in order for the owner that may have lost their dog can claim them before adoption to another person. A dog once adopted may be traced at some point from the legal owner and must be turned back to them after proof of ownership.

<img title="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" alt="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" src="" align="bottom" height="20" width="27"> Scotty Redux

Remember, Scottish Terriers are decidedly not for every family home.

"... The <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scottish Terrier</a> is a curious and playful dog. A low slung companion for the right family, many Scotties have been both watchdog and nanny for their families...

... The Scottish Terrier is at home in a house, apartment or even a country manor, as long as people are around. Regardless of where he lives, the Scottie needs room to run but must have a fenced yard or secure patio area.

As with other terriers, the Scottie is a good watchdog and does not usually bark without reason. Their primary concern is the safety of their family. When raised with children, the Scottie is a great friend, but they are not tolerant of the rambunctious activity of very young children.... "

For those ready for challenge when these unique LBDs own, manage, and operate their homes always remember there is an saying, "Once a Scottish Terrier Lover, always a Scottish Terrier Lover. "
This page has been a labor of love from breed enthusiasts to ensure that Scottish Terriers are given continuity and viability as the "most human" of all purebreds. Our comical, fun loving Scotties must be matched with the best of Terrier compatible families..."

<img title="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" alt="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" src="" align="bottom" height="20" width="27"> Why this amount of detail?

Scottish Terriers must be protected from disreputable people who inbreed or steal Scotties! Enthusiasts consider their Scotties true members of their family. We breed lovers wish to protect this wonderful rare breed and want families to consider their LBDs "pets" literally their "beloveds."

We are working for the day that the Scottish Terrier's depressed gene pool is restored to fitness by careful diverse breeding practice, matching potential enthusiasts to access to Scottish Terriers, encourage and support rescue organizations working for the betterment of this most unique breed.

A final caution - if you enjoy a feisty dog that is convinced it is a big dog, Scotties will indeed steal your hearts!

" I am sometimes asked, 'Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?' I answer, 'I am working at the roots.' " ~ George T. Angell

<img title="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" alt="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" src="" align="bottom" height="20" width="27"> Scottish Terrier Citations:

<img title="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" alt="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" src="" align="bottom" height="20" width="27"> Related Scottish Terrier Blogs and Assorted Web Sites

Many References Sites

Scottish Terrier Dog Searches

Scottish Terrier Groups

  • <a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">A-1 Terriers MSN Group - Communicate with Other Scottish Terrier
    and All Terrier Breed, Mix, and Rescue Enthusiasts</a>

<img title="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" alt="Scottish Terrier (Scottie) - Dogs & Dog Rescue" src="" align="bottom" height="20" width="27"> Other Links

Noncommercial Clubs, Blogs, Web Sites, Forums, Articles, Services,
Resources, Research, and Other Scottish

Terrier Enthusiasts Materials.

Name of Resource

Material Type



<a class="external"

href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">My Date with Barney
</a><a class="external" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Scottie Tails: The Tails of Our Journeys</a>

<a class="external"

href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Video


Terrier Personal Sites


a Wheaten Scottish Terrier is seeking a date with Barney Bush.
Travels nationally and internationally with two Scotties.

<a class="external"

href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Dog Adoption Guide</a> , Pedigree




the Profiler to narrow your choices to the Group which you can best care for. Is a Terrier really right for you?


are not for everyone. It is essential that one has the patience to care properly for these fiery, challenging breeds.

<a class="external"

href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Select-A-Dog Questionnaire</a>, Pedigree




your choices down to a list of the top 10 breeds best for you and your lifestyle.


you match a Scottish Terrier in your top 10 selections? Is a Scottie really the right breed for you?

<a class="external"

href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ask Dog Lady</a>




for perplexed humans and their canine equivalents. Cheeky, sensible, stylish riffs -- and ruffs -- on life, love, and dog dilemmas..."


real Scottish Terrier Enthusiast with the personality to match our Scottie's Diehard Verve.

<a class="external"

href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">wikipedia Scottish Terrier</a>


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