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Scottish Terrier


General Information - Scottish Terrier


Group:
Terrier

Size:
medium

Lifespan:
11-13 years

Exercise:
moderate

Grooming:
moderate

Trainability:
very hard

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
low

Area of Origin:
Scotland

Date of Origin:
1800s

Other Names:
Aberdeen Terrier, Scottie

Original Function:
Vermin hunting



History

The Scottish Terrier was developed in Scotland in 1700, but the dog with the size and shape we know today dates from 1890. The breed was first called the Aberdeen Terrier, after the Scottish town of the same name. Like many other long-low breeds, the Scottie was used to hunt den animals, particularly otter, fox, badger and Rabbit. Today this stylish breed is primarily a companion, though he still retains his hunting instincts.

Temperament

The Scottish Terrier is a self-assured and alert dog breed that makes a good watch dog. Loyal with their owners, the Scottish Terrier may be aloof with strangers and aggressive with other dogs.

Upkeep

This is a dog on the lookout for adventure, and it needs some excitement and exercise in its life every day. This can take the form of a moderate walk on leash, a boisterous game or an off-leash exploration in a safe area. Although it could live outdoors in a temperate to warm climate, it is far better suited as a house dog with access to a yard. Its wire coat needs combing two to three times weekly, plus shaping every three months. Shaping for pets is by clipping and for show dogs by stripping.