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At A Glance


Size: Small

Weight: 18 - 23 lbs.

Height: 10"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Scottish Terrier

Also know as: Orig. known as Aberdeen Terrier. Scotty, Scottie

Group: Terrier

Origin: Scotland

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Agility Trials, Hunting, Obedience Work

History and Facts: Ancestor of the Aberdeen Terrier. Originally bred (1800s) to hunt badgers and foxes.

Temperament / Behavior
The Scottish Terrier is feisty, independent, fearless, playful and curious. This is a breed that has a "mind of its own" and can be stubborn and aloof with strangers. Firm and consistent training is needed, but keep in mind that the breed is sensitive to correction. The Scottish Terrier strongly bonds with one or two family members -- and may dig and bark excessively if bored. Can be moody and snappish.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Prone to "Scottish Cramp" - muscle stiffness and limping when exercised or excited. However this condition is minor and does not worsen. Also may have disc problems; elbow dysplasia; allergies; hemophilia; epilepsy; cataracts; occasional liver shunts. Highly prone to bladder cancer.

Special Needs
Exercise: The Scottish Terrier needs daily brisk walks and active play time. This breed should be kept on a leash when in public. These dogs love walks and playing fetch.

Grooming: The Scottish Terrier needs plenty of stimulation and play time. The breeds wiry, coarse coat needs brushed several times per week. Should be professionally groomed 4 times each year.

 

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