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Scottish Terrier

Size: Small

Weight: 18 - 23 lbs.

Height: 10"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: "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."

Origin: Scotland

Also Known As: Orig. known as Aberdeen Terrier. Scotty, Scottie

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog, Agility Trials, Hunting, Obedience Work

Exercise Needs

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 Needs

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.

Temperament

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."

Compatibility with Kids

Needs to be socialized with children from an early age. Not good for young or unruly kids. Discourage any physically aggressive games. May fight with other dogs and cats.

History

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

Pet Facts

Strong instinct to dig, hunt and chase animals. Colors are grey, brindle, or wheaten.

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