Scottish Terrier Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

Scottish Terrier Dog

Scottish Terrier Dog

AKC Group: Terrier Group

The Scottish Terrier dog (also known as Scottie) is a small terrier breed with a very distinctive beard, body, and short tail. The dog is the only dog breed that has resided in the White House 3 times, with Presidents Eisenhower, Roosevelt and George W. Bush.


Typically a "digger", the Scottish Terrier dog was first bred to find and kill vermin on plantations. King James VI, was noted to love the breed, and is reportedly accountable for the increase in fame in Scotland while under his leadership. Scotties were brought to America in the 1890's and they still remain a very popular dog breed.

Physical Features

The dog is a short-legged, compact, sturdily-built, small dog of excellent substance and bone. The Scottish terrier must have a heavy bone ad thick body. The main objective should be balance and symmetry with no exaggeration. Equal deliberation should be inclined to height, length of back and head and weight.

The height on the withers for both sexes must be around ten inches. The size of back from the withers align-on of tail must be around eleven inches. In general, a properly-balanced dog must weigh from nineteen to twenty two pounds and bitch from eighteen to twenty one pounds. The dog otherwise known as "Scottie," is best identified because of its unique profile and hard, weather-resistant, wiry external coat in a wheaten, brindle and black color. Its facial hair, legs, eyebrows and lower body fittings are customarily shaggy.


The Scottish terrier ought to be alert and spirited and also steady-going and stable. He's a driven and accommodating dog whose approach at the ring should express both control and fire. The dog is bold, assured; responsible aspect indicates power in a tiny package. He is gentle and loving with people, could be intense with other breeds. He should project power and ruggedness, living up to the moniker, the "Diehard."

Common Health Problems

From blood loss disorders to joint disorders to autoimmune diseases to hypersensitivity and skin problems, Scottish Terriers are precarious in the health section.

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