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Scottish Terrier

 

Scottish Terrier

 

                

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Description

The Scottish TerrierÂ’s exact origins are unknown. We do know that the breed was developed in the rocky Scottish Highlands as a hunter of fox and vermin, and was originally called the Aberdeen Terrier. Today these dogs still display many of the characteristics of its earlier ancestors, including strength, compact size, and their distinctive exceptional courage.

 

Temperament

Scottish Terriers can be aggressive little dogs, and it is highly advisable that they should become accustomed to people from an early age. Not recommended for families with young children. In addition, these dogs are very territorial, and will bark repeatedly and loudly to announce the presence of visitors.

 

Appearance

Height:   25-28cm (10-11")

Weight:  8.5-10.5kg (20-25lb).

This sturdy little dog with its compact short legs and wiry coat exudes a bold and  confident attitude, exemplifying power in a small package. Tending to be moodier and more independent than most terriers, as one-person pets they do tend to start mimicking the mood of their owner. They have ears that point up, and their colours are most often dark but can often be of a wheaten or sandy shade. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local  dog grooming parlour provides these services.

 

Grooming

As the Scottish terriers do not shed it is advisable to have them clipped every 6-8 weeks and it is highly recommended that regular combing of their beard and any feathering is undertaken as necessary.  To avoid any skin allergies good quality dog food is also recommended.

 

Life Expectancy

12-14 years

 

Health Concerns

The Scottish Terrier is susceptible to a few inherited disorders, varying in severity, including von Willebrand's Disease, Scottie cramp (a walking disorder), skin problems, flea allergies, and jawbone disorders such as Carnio-Mandibular Osteopathy. 

 

Suitability

A good-sized dog for a suburban backyard, it would even cope quite well in a unit if it was walked regularly. Either way a 20 minute walk each day is ideal and as terriers are not renowned for coming back when called, making sure to keep them on a leash to prevent them from running off.  While these Scotties are usually easy to house train, patience may be needed to train them to perform tasks beyond this. 

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