Personality:Independent, confident, and never shy; spirited but dignified
Coat & Grooming:A wiry topcoat and a soft, dense undercoat; Scotties require regular brushing or combing and occasional hand-stripping
Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Brisk walks, exploring the yard or park, and upbeat play will satisfy Scottie exercise needs
Nicknames: Scottie; Diehard
Meet the Scottish Terrier
The well-known Scottie silhouette is that of a short-legged, compact but substantial terrier with distinctive furnishings at the beard, legs, and lower body. The image of two Scotties—one black, the other white—is a famous bit of canine iconography, but the coat comes in other colors, including wheaten yellow and attractive brindle-stripe patterns. Bright, piercing eyes, and erect ears and tail, convey keen alertness—a hallmark of Great Britain’s terrier breeds. The Scottie working style has been described as efficient and businesslike.
What's Their Story?
The Scottie is an ancient breed developed on the Scottish Highlands. During its history there has been controversy about its origins and type. In fact, dog fanciers spent much of the 1800s arguing over what was a Scottish Terrier and what was a terrier that happened to be Scottish. The heyday of the Scottie in America was the 1930s, with such celebrity owners as President Roosevelt, Humphrey Bogart, and Bette Davis. The Scottie silhouette is a familiar motif of Depression-era knickknacks and advertising.
The breed’s fans will tell you that once you own a Scottie, no other dog will do. Scotties are stable, steadfast companions. They aren’t emotionally needy dogs, but Scotties do have a complex, almost-human character that’s instantly endearing. Their aloofness toward strangers makes them excellent watchdogs. The breed’s hunting instinct remains strong, which can complicate life for the neighbor’s cat, and Scotties are known to be cantankerous around other dogs. Clever, independent, and bold, Scotties must be taught good manners in early puppyhood.