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Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier Characteristics: The determined and self-reliant Scottish Terrier is a breed of small dog classified as a member of the Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1885).

The Scottish Terrier, is characterized by its compact, sturdy, short-legged appearance with a distinctive long, bearded head and an alert, determined expression.

Other characteristics include dark, bright, medium sized, almond-shaped eyes; small, erect ears; a high set, erect tail and a somewhat rolling gait called the "Scottie roll". The temperament of the Scottish Terrier can be described as Alert, Feisty, Independent.

The coat type of the Scottish Terrier is described as wiry, harsh, weather-proof coat in assorted colors.  Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Scottish Terrier demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name the "Scotty Dog". The origin of the Scottish Terrier dog breed was in United Kingdom (Scotland) where it was developed in the 1500's.

Scottish Terrier Breed Group and Dog Type - Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1885): The Scottish Terrier is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1885).

Other names for the Scottish Terrier: The Scottish Terrier is known by the nickname of the "Scotty Dog". Other names for this breed of dog include the Scottie Dog, Aberdeenie, Aberdeen Terrier and Little Diehard.

Origin of the name: The dog is named after the place it was originally bred in Scotland (Aberdeen). The origin of the word 'terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'terra' meaning "earth" as so many of the terrier breeds were originally bred and trained as hunting dogs to pursue vermin, such as rats and mice.

Scottish Terrier History and Origin: The country of origin of the Scottish Terrier breed was in United Kingdom (Scotland) during 1500's. The Scottish Terrier is related to other dogs bred in the Highlands of Scotland such as the Cairn, Paisley and the Skye terriers.

The purpose of these dogs was to seek out and kill vermin and small game. In each Scottish Glen and town individual strains of Highland terriers were developed according to the needs of the inhabitants - the dogs were only distinguished as long-legged or short-legged terriers.

The short-legged dog that was later named the Scottish Terrier was popular in the fishing port of Aberdeen. By the 1700's industries in Aberdeen thrived, especially in relation to the manufacture of linen, and by 1861 the population was 75,000 people. Inhabitants of Aberdeen lived in unsanitary conditions (a sewer network was developed in the 1870's). Sanitation in the city was poor and rats were a serious health menace.

The 'Aberdeen Terriers' became extremely popular at this time in an attempt to control the vermin that plagued Aberdeen and were also popular in the rugged terrain and harsh conditions of the Scottish highlands.

The dog was exported to the United States in the 1800's by  Scottish immigrants seeing employment opportunities during the Industrialization of America. The Scottish Terrier was first named in the late 1800's and the breed was first entered in dog shows in 1879. The breed was originally called the "Hard-haired Scotch Terrier" but name was soon shortened to the Scottish Terrier. An eminent dog breeder, Sir Francis Paynton Pigott (1810 - 1892), was reported in the 'Live Stock Journal' of 30 May 1879 to have opened a kennel of the breed.

Dog breeders then formed the Scottish Terrier Club in 1882. The Scottish Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885. The popularity of the Scottish Terrier breed increased further when it became known that Queen Victoria owned a Scottie dog called 'Mac'.

Scottish Terrier Modern History: The modern history of the Scottish Terrier moved on and other famous people favored and became owners of the Scottie dog including President Franklin Roosevelt, President Dwight Eisenhower and President Ronald Reagan. Movie stars such as Shirley Temple, Bette Davis, Julie Andrews, Humphrey Bogart and Tatum O'Neal also owned a Scottish Terrier.

Scottish Terrier - Lady And The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure: The Scottish Terrier featured in the 2001 cartoon Disney sequel movie 'Lady And The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure'. One of the main cartoon characters was "Jock", a Scottish Terrier and neighbor of Lady and Tramp, who joined in the search for the missing Scamp.

Scottish Terrier Height: The Scottish Terrier breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 10 - 11 inches (25 - 28 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 10 - 11 inches (25 - 28 cm).

Scottish Terrier Weight: The weight of this small sized dog, in a male dog is 19 - 23 pounds (8.5 - 10.5 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 19 - 23 pounds (8.5 - 10.5 kg).

Scottish Terrier Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The Scottie's coat type is described as wiry, harsh, weather-proof coat. The term "Wire" refers to coarse hair.

Scottish Terrier Coat Colors: The colors of the Scottish Terrier dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of Black, Brindle and Wheaten. N.B. Brindle is a brownish or tawny color..

Scottish Terrier Grooming - HIGH Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Scottish Terrier are categorized as high in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The high grooming needs of the Scottish Terrier is considered to be high-maintenance and requires almost daily brushing and combing. Dog Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Scottish Terrier Litter Size: The litter size of the Scottish Terrier dog breed ranges from 2-5 puppies. Scottish Terrier puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Scottish Terrier puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Scottish Terrier Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of the popular Scottish Terrier dog breed is described as Spirited, Alert, Feisty, Independent and Self-reliant.

Scottish Terrier Exercise Requirements - LOW Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is low. The Scottish Terrier requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes to one hour every day. This small dog has a distinctive, gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.

Scottish Terrier Diet: A fully grown Scottish Terrier should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Scottish Terrier Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Scottish Terrier breed include Skin allergies . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Scottish Terrier dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: Yes (Refer to Hypoallergenic Dogs).

Scottish Terrier Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Scottish Terrier breed is 11-13 years.

Scottish Terrier Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Scottish Terrier breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Scottish Terrier names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top Scottish male dog names are: Aleck *** Callum *** Caley *** Duff *** Aleck *** Kenrik *** Ramsay *** Rob Roy *** Skene *** Tavis.

Scottish Terrier Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the Scottish girl dog. Our top choice of good female Scottish names are Isla *** Bonnie *** Skena *** Grizel *** Cristie *** Akira *** Lair *** Kyla *** Nessy *** Sloan.

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