The Scottish Terrier (nicknamed the “Scottie” and known also as the “Aberdeen Terrier”) is among the most popular terrier breeds. They have been a favorite of US Presidents such as George W. Bush and Franklin D. Roosevelt and feature a wiry grey, black, brindle, wheaten or sandy colored coat with a longer beard and erect ears. The Scottish Terrier has been highly popular as a companion dog for much of the last hundred years.
Origins Of The Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier’s origins are largely unknown but they are believed to have originated in the Highlands of Scotland as early as the 1400s where they were bred for the purpose of hunting vermin and using their speed to pursue prey. There is a great deal of confusion as to whether the Scottish Terrier descended from the Skye Terrier or vice versa as early records show these breeds often being given the same name.
Average Size Of The Scottish Terrier
Scottish Terriers are classified as a small-sized dog. The recommended standard size for the Scottish Terrier male is 10 inches tall from paw to shoulder and a weight of 19-22 pounds, whereas the recommended size for female Scottish Terriers is 10 inches tall from paw to shoulder with a weight of 18-21 pounds.
Temperament Of The Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier is recognized for their alert, adventurous and loving disposition. They are generally friendly although somewhat reserved with strangers, which with their size often means they are unsuitable as a guard dog.
The Scottish Terrier is also not known to be highly intelligent – scoring equal 65th compared to other dogs when taking into account their ability to learn obedience directives.
They are well-known to be good with children – which means they are quite suitable as a family pet. The Scottish Terrier is not always compatible with other smaller animals due to their natural prey instinct but can usually get along with other dogs when properly socialized.
Living Requirements Of The Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier doesn’t always need a yard to give them room to run, so they can be quite suitable for living in an apartment provided they are exercised enough. If you do have a yard be sure it is well fenced so they don’t dig their way out of it. They prefer cooler weather, and care must be taken in warmer weather to ensure they don’t overheat.
Health & Life Expectancy Of The Scottish Terrier
Similarly to a large number of small-sized dog breeds, the Scottish Terrier is typically long-lived with a life expectancy of 12-14 years. The leading health concern for Scottish Terriers is regularly identified as cancer in a variety of forms – including bladder cancer, intestinal cancer, skin cancer and stomach cancer. They are also vulnerable to conditions that include a movement disease known as “Scottie Cramp”, Von Willebrand’s disease, patellar luxation, jaw problems, flea allergies and skin conditions.
Exercise Needs Of The Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier takes pleasure from hobbies like chasing after a ball and running around the house or yard. They have a high amount of energy and have a need for exercise every day in the shape of moderate walks to put a stop to behavior problems like excessive barking, digging, chewing or anything else that may result from them burning off their excess energy.