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Scottish Terrier

Group: Terriers (Group 2)
Club: Scottish Terrier Club of Victoria Inc
Contact: Ms Tomris Mustafa
Phone: 0433 897 009

About the Scottish Terrier


Background. The Scottish Terrier can be traced back to the late 1800’s. Their low stature and wiry coat have always been important characteristics relating to the original purpose of the breed, which was to drive out vermin that made life hard for the early Scottish farmers and crofters, so a dog was developed which had exceptional strength and courage in a compact, tough package. These traits are still the hallmark of the breed today.  

Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Scottish Terriers live from 10-12 years.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament. The Scottie, said to be like their fellow countrymen, can be rather dour.  They know that life is serious and is to be met with dignity.  They are courageous, alert and no nonsense, not always demonstrative with their emotions, however, their devotion and loyalty to family is boundless. Scotties are natural born fighters who will stand their ground and rarely be seen retreating from trouble.  Scotties can adjust to children but careful introduction will be necessary.

Compatibility with other pets The Scottish Terrier can live harmoniously with other pets providing care has been taken in introducing the pets to each other. It is not uncommon to find households where Scotties share living quarters with cats, guinea pigs etc. and in fact it is not unusual for them to adopt a protective role where other household pets are involved. The younger these pets are introduced to each other the better, but even older animals can be put together successfully, with care and supervision.

Care Requirements. The Scottish Terrier requires daily walks on lead of up to 3km or 40 minutes.  The Scottie has no road sense and its hunting instinct may result in it giving chase to another creature taking it directly into the path of an oncoming car.  They also love a ball game. Scotties come in various colours ranging from black, brindle (black brindle, silver brindle, red brindle) to wheaten.  They have a double coat, that is, a soft undercoat and a harsh outer coarse top coat.  Being double coated, they shed little hair and so can be good dogs for those with allergies. Scottish Terriers require a good brush at least twice weekly along with a professional clip and groom every 8 - 12 weeks.   Males will be larger than females and tend to range between 25cm and 28cm high at the neck and weigh between 8kg and 11kg. 

Please Take Note Although the Scottish Terrier does not need the high fences required by some other breeds, it does, for its own safety, require secure fencing - particularly around swimming pools. Make sure the dog’s environment is hazard-free. This breed can become destructive if not given enough mental and physical stimulation.

Ideal Owner/s The ideal owner of a Scottish Terrier must firstly have the time to devote to the needs of the dog, and a desire to share his or her life with a canine companion that will more than repay all the love and attention received. Owners must realise that they will not own a Scottie - the Scottie will in fact own them. From dawn to dark your every move will be watched and you will be protected and doted upon. As long as a Scottie is treated well, its love for its owner will be undying.

Hereditary Health Problems: Scotties are fortunate to have few known hereditary health problems and responsible breeders will be engaged in eliminating known issues in the gene pool, however, here’s a few to watch out for; Von Willebrand’s Disease (VwD), Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO) or also known as ‘Lion’s Jaw’, Scottie Cramp, Cushing’s Disease and Epilepsy.

Acquiring a Puppy: Scotties are now considered a rare breed. Compared to other breeds, there are fewer active breeders and litter sizes can be relatively small. Puppies can be hard to come by and you may have to wait in order to get your well-bred Scottie. Seek out a reputable breeder who can provide you with ANKC pedigree papers, any relevant health screening documentation, vaccination and micro-chipping certificates. Contact the Scottish Terrier Club of Victoria or Dogs Victoria for any assistance you require in your search for a Scottie.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Scottish Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the Scottish Terrier Club of Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

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