Colour: Black, wheaten or brindle of any shade
Lifespan: 13 to 14 years
dignified • sensible • independent • reserved • courageous • bold • stubborn
Wilful and independent, the Scottish Terrier is courageous and unlikely to back down if challenged. Loyal to their owners, Scotties need plenty of early socialization with people and other dogs.
Originally bred to hunt and kill small mammals.
Feisty and easily aroused, the Scottish Terrier has a hard bite.
Medium. Needs exercise to burn off energy.
owners affectionate, loyal
children tolerant if raised with them
other pets may kill small pets, may injure cats unless raised with them
strangers reserved, territorial
unfamiliar dogs can be problematic
Experienced, strong-willed, determined owner who can match this dog's personality and who is willing to provide plenty of safe activity to use up its energy.
May display status-related aggression with gentle owners. Tends to be aggressive to strangers and other dogs if inadequately socialized.
Coat needs hand-stripping or clipping twice a year.
- Q: My terrier has a red rash on her underbelly, can you suggest something to soothe it?
- A: The best course of action would be to make an appointment with your veterinary surgeon to have the rash examined. The rash may be a contact reaction to something she has laid down on, or it may be an allergy... More »
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