Is a Scottish Terrier the Right Breed for You?
Dogs are one of the most popular pets in the world and there are many different breeds to choose from. If you’re looking for a high-energy, playful pup that loves attention and has a wiry coat, then the Scottish terrier might be the right breed for you! These dogs are known for their independent spirit and sometimes stubbornness, but they’re also loving and loyal companions. Here are ten interesting facts about Scottish terriers that will help you decide if this is the right breed for you.
The Scottish Terrier originated in Scotland and thought to be the oldest of the five terrier breeds developed there. The other four are the Skye terrier, Cairn terrier, Dandie Dinmont terrier and the West Highland White Terrier.
Scottish Terriers are one of the earliest breeds that were known to hunt badgers. Their love of digging holes comes from their instincts as hunting dogs. While they may not be used to hunt much any more, they still have that “nose for the hunt” that they inherited from their ancestors-and they will dig!
The Scottish terrier is generally an independent and aloof breed and may very suspicious of strangers.
Three different U.S. presidents have had Scottish Terriers in the White House during their term – Franklin D. Roosevelt. George W. Bush and Dwight Eisenhower.
Scottish Terriers need to be brushed at least twice a week and their coats should be stripped about every six months.
The pictures below show two different Scottish Terriers: one the more traditional black and one cream. They also come with a brindle pattern which is sometimes hard to see.
Traditional Black Scottie Cream Scottie
When they get REALLY excited, some Scotties are prone to what is called “Scottie Cramp” with symptoms such as muscle cramping and stiffening legs. It generally occurs in younger puppies and is usually not life threatening..
The Scottish Terrier was nicknamed “Diehard” in 1675 by the First Earl of Dumbarton because of the breeds tenacity and unwavering spirit. The name still sticks with them today.
The Scottish Terrier breed has a height ratio between its length and height of 10 to 9, which makes it one of the most proportionate breeds in terms of body size.
Although developed in Scotland, the “Scottish Terrier Club of England” was founded in 1881, being the first club dedicated to the breed. The “Scottish Terrier Club of Scotland” was founded 7 years later in 1888.
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