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Scottish Terrier or “Scotty” Dog Breed

March 24, 2011
Picture of a Scotty Dog or Scottish Terrier Dog Breed

Scotty Dog or Scottish Terrier Dog Breed

Everyone loves this breed! The Scottish Terrier is full of personality and is an exceptionally loyal and clever little breed. However, they have been known to get a little grumpy in their old age. I have a friend who used to have a Scotty Dog called ‘Yorick’, it was an absolutely delightful little thing. This breed is generally low maintenance, but needs regular, good-quality exercise and mental stimulation. They look great with a tartan ribbon in their hair for special occasions. They will need to be clipped if you want to maintain the traditional appearance.

The breed was originally bred to hunt wildlife in Scotland such as badgers, foxes, weasels and rats. In developing the breed, farmers wanted a dog that was courageous and strong in a hardy little package. The breed still displays these characteristics today. Along with the Cairn Terrier and the West Highland White Terrier, the Scotty is a descendent of the original Scotch Terrier. They can come in 2 colour varieties; white and black, with the latter being by far the more common.

In terms of small children, these dogs are tolerant of most things, but in an ideal world, a Scotty is a one-owner dog and they will display unwavering loyalty to their master. They can be very stand-offish and uninterested in strangers. A Scotty is best suited to an owner that can spend hours each day with it and is happy to have a little dog watching, interacting with and protecting them all day long.

The average lifespan is around 12 years, but they can live for up to 14 years with the right diet, genetics and lifestyle.

They usually grow to about 25-28 cm in height and weigh between 8 and 12 kgs in peak condition.

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