Great Scott! The Scottish Terrier!
Behavior common of the Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier seems to follow along the same lines of behavior as many other terrier breeds. It is known to be quite fearless and is willing to give chase after anything or bark at anyone outside of their family. They do not cozy up to strangers and newcomers easily, so it will take some time for them to get used to other people. However, once they have become used to you, they will always stand by your side. Scottish Terriers are known to have great memories and will remember a person they have met before and how they should react to them.
Scottish Terriers can adapt to all kinds of living spaces, so whether you live in a big house or a small apartment this may be a good breed for you. They do require daily exercise, but a simple walk in the park or around the block is usually enough to suffice. They are not the type of dog you want to take hiking or on a long run as they get tired, but they are happy to romp and play in the backyard and chase animals.
You want to begin training your Scottish Terrier as early on as possible. If you do not, the dog will quickly establish himself as the leader and not follow any of your training methods. Use lots of praise and lots of treats to help win this dog over to be obedient for you. Be consistent in your training and it will work out well. You also want to be sure to socialize your dog at an early age to help control excessive barking. Since they are prone to chasing, a fenced yard or a leash is always needed when outside.
Appearance of the Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier has a very distinct look that is easily recognizable. They are famous for their square shaped bodies, short legs and bearded faces. They also feature very bushy eyebrows over their small eyes that seem to give you a piercing look every time. They are known for having a very large muzzle, one that can easily fill your whole hand. Most Scottish Terriers only stand about ten inches tall and weigh eighteen to twenty-two pounds when fully grown.
The coat of a Scottish Terrier also helps to give it a very distinguishing look. They have a double coat with a very thick and wiry topcoat. The undercoat can also be quite dense, but it is much softer than the protective topcoat can be. Most Scottish Terriers are black, but they also are seen in gray, brindle or steel color. They may occasionally have white markings on their chest.
Grooming your Scottish Terrier
Even though the Scottish Terrier is a small dog, grooming can be difficult. They need to be brushed often with a stiff brush and then a wide comb that is used for their face. If the dog is used as a show dog, they will need to have their coat stripped a couple of times a year. If you keep the coat cut short all the time, it will need to be clipped about every two months. Longer coats need clipping only a few times a year. Only bathe a Scottish Terrier when needed as they have very sensitive skin and too much bathing can harm them. They also react poorly to flea bites and will excessively chew, so this needs to be controlled properly.
History of the Scottish Terrier
As their name clearly indicates, the Scottish Terrier hails from Scotland. It was bred and developed as a hunting dog to chase foxes in the late 1800s. The specific origins of the dog are not really known, but there has been great care taken to make sure the breed and bloodline have stayed as pure as possible as the dog’s popularity has grown over the years.