Scottish Terriers, also commonly known as 'Scotties', are a small dog breed: though they have short legs with an average height of approximately 10 inches. They are very strong and built to be sturdy. The average weight for this small dog ranges between 15 to 20 pounds.
Many people think that the Scottish Terrier is only black. They actually can be black, wheaten or brindle in color. Black just seems to be the most commonly known to many people.
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The Scottish Terrier is known for being a strong and fearless little dog, but also an affectionate, loyal and protective companion. Scotties are also known for being an independent, stubborn breed.
The Scottish Terrier tends to want to be the boss, so you will want to start consistent training early on; stressing consistency and patience. The Scottish Terrier breed is also considered to be territorial, feisty, spirited, alert, playful and very loving and so it's down to the owner to bring out the best in this breed.
Scotties were originally bred as a work dog to hunt vermin on the farms in Scotland. It's not surprising, then, that they tend to have an instinct to chase and seize small animals.
This could lead to problems if you have a cat, hamster or other small pet or small animals like rabbits and squirrels that may be in your yard. In order to try and eradicate this behavior, you must ensure that your dog gets plenty of exercise in order to reduce some of that pent-up energy.
Having a territorial instinct, Scotties aren't usually good with other pets unless they are brought up and raised together. They also tend to be territorial of food, toys and sometimes people.
This breed is known for its defensive reactions. Having been bred to be fierce with prey, they tend to growl or return pain if they receive pain or feel threatened. This should be a consideration if you have or plan to have children.
Scottish Terriers tend to be intolerant and quick to react to teasing, clumsiness or normal reactions of a small child toward a pet.
Grooming is essential for hair clipping and trimmings. This could vary anywhere from once a month to every few months.
Brushing is also a regular maintenance that should be done at least twice a week. The hair of the Scottish Terrier is a wiry outer coat and soft undercoat. There is little, if any, shedding.
Health issues for this breed can consist of bleeding or blood disorders, joint disorders such as dysplasia or arthritis, auto-immune disorders, allergies and/or skin conditions.
There are certain cancers this breed has a chance of developing compared to other breeds. This doesn't change the fact that the average life expectancy is 12 to 15 years for this sturdy breed.
Small but resilient, Scottish Terriers are content with family; not looking to befriend others. They have the love, loyalty and courage to stand in defense of their master.