Coat Type/Colour: Shaggy; Usually Black
Height: 10 – 11 Inch (25 – 28 cm)
Weight: 19 – 23 lb (8.6 – 10.4 kg)
Nature: Intelligent, Active, Friendly
Known affectionately simply as the Scottie, this breed of terrier came into fashion during the middle of the last century. It was originally called the Aberdeen Terrier, after the town where the breed first became prominent. Many people assume that the Scottish Terrier is invariably black, but it is also bred in a variety of other colours, including wheaten, which is whitish-brown, and also brindle. When grooming these terriers, particular care should be given to the beard; this may even need to be washed from time to time if it becomes soiled with sloppy food.
Scottish Terrier Puppies
Scottish Terriers are brave little dogs and make alert guards around the home. They are not a particularly patient breed, however, and so not ideally suited to a home where there are young children. These terriers thrive on exercise, but you will need to take care to ensure that they do not come into conflict with other dogs once they are off the leash. Scotties are perhaps best suited to rural areas where they can live largely on their own. Even so, firm training is to be recommended, in view of their naturally dominant natures. However, if you are having trouble with rodents, few dogs will prove more effective or dedicated in dealing with them.