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Scottish Terrier Grooming and Breed Care

Scottish Terrier Temperament

The Scottish Terrier is a very independent, assertive, and confident dog, and can have a stubborn and very willful streak. These bold and determined dogs can make good pets and companions, but need a confident and assertive owner, so are best suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training. Those with little experience may find training the Scottish Terrier very challenging, and may soon find that the little dog quickly takes charge. Housebreaking can also be difficult with particularly stubborn Scottish Terriers. These small dogs have plenty of energy and spirit, and exercises enthusiasm in everything that he does - proving he wants to do it. The Scottish Terrier is a very loyal dog, and their alert and protective nature makes them effective watchdogs. Some Scottish Terriers can be very possessive of their food and belongings, and many love to bark and dig. Their tendency to chase and wander off, coupled with their naturally inquisitive nature, means that a safe and secured play and exercise area is essential.


The Scottish Terrier gets along well with children that are older, gentle, and will not pester him. He is not particularly sociable around strangers, and tends to be wary around them, which adds to his watchdog abilities. He may not get along well with other dogs, and needs early socialization with other pets. Early socialization with people is also recommended to promote a stable and sociable attitude. These dogs have a certain dignity about them, and can be very haughty and offended if they consider themselves to have been treated roughly or unfairly. Daily walks, interactive play, and a safe place to potter around will ensure that the Scottish Terrier gets his exercise and does not get bored.

Scottish Terrier Appearance

The Scottish Terrier is a small dog with a sturdy, compact build and short legs. He has an eager expression and a distinctive beard. The coat of the Scottish Terrier is dense and wiry to the touch, with a softer, abundant undercoat. The coloring of the coat can vary and includes sand, black, wheaten, brindle, grizzle, or gray. These dogs weigh in at around 18-20 pounds for females and 19-22 pounds for males. The height of the Scottish Terrier is around 10 inches.

Scottish Terrier Grooming

The grooming requirements for the Scottish Terrier can be quite extensive, and owners may have to dedicate some time to keeping the coat of these dogs in good condition. You will need to brush him several times a week, and his beard will need to be cleaned daily for hygiene reasons. Every few months the Scottish Terrier may need to be clipped, and for show dogs hand stripping will be required. The good news is that these dogs are low shedders and may therefore prove suitable for those with allergies.

Scottish Terrier Health Problems and Life Expectancy

The Scottish Terrier is a hardy and healthy breed in general, and there are not many health issues to worry about with these dogs. A few of the health problems to look out for include thyroid problems, cancer, allergies, luxating patella, and seizures. At least one of the parents of the Scottish Terrier puppy should be vWD clear. The life expectancy of the Scottish Terrier is around 12-14 years.

Scottish Terrier History

The Scottish Terrier was once known as the Aberdeen Terrier, and originates from Scotland. One of the oldest terrier breeds, these dogs were bred to hunt vermin and foxes, and have gone on to become very popular household pets.

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