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Physical Characteristics

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Breed Group:

The Scottish Terrier belongs to the Terrier Group.


Male: 19-22 lb; female 18-21 lb.


About 10 inches


The coat is black, wheaten or brindle of any color.


The Scottish Terrier sports a wiry, broken double coat that is weather resistant. The soft undercoat is dense. The wiry outer coat is about 2 inches in length.



This confident breed is independent and determined. The Scottish Terrier wears a keen and sharp expression. Although rugged, this dog is sensitive.

Country of Origin:



The Scottish Terrier originated from the Blackmount region of Perthshire and the Moor of Rannoch. King James VI admired these dogs and presented six terriers, believed to be the ancestors of the Scottie, to France. They were renowned for hunting den animals such as otter, fox, badger and rabbit. As a favourite dog in the Aberdeen area, they were called the Aberdeen Terrier for a time. This dog developed in the 1700s, but the breed standard’s familiar size and shape became known in the 1880s.


Aberdeen Terrier. The Highland. Nicknames: The Diehard, Scottie.


As a puppy, the Scottish Terrier is amiable and playful. Although considered steady, this dog may be moody. This breed may show aggression with other dogs and animals.



Because this breed is sensitive, provide firm and gentle handling early. Be consistence with obedience.


This breed needs daily exercise such as a moderate walk on a leash or lively play. Games like fetching sticks and balls are great activities. Never allow aggressive games like wrestling and tug-of-war.


The loving Scottish Terrier is a good house dog that is loyal to his family. This breed is suitable for older, considerate children. Owners need to provide access to a reasonable size yard. Be aware of its low heat tolerance. This dog is reserved with stranger and aggressive with other canines. Always provide human companionship or this pet might dig and bark if left alone.


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