Spotlight on a Breed Scottish Terrier
Weight: 17-22 lbs
Height: 10 inches
Length: 11 inches
Coat: Short and Wiry on top; soft undercoat
Color: Black, Brindle, Weaten
Scottish Terriers are a short, stocky breed, with a muscular body and an often appear barrel chested. They have large paws adapted for digging, erect ears and an erect tail.
Scottish Terriers are great family dogs that are known for being alert, quick, feisty, independent, self-assured, playful, intelligent, and determined. Their stubborn nature can make them tricky to train, but so long as they are given a gentle hand when young, they are very trainable and make great house dogs. Originally bred to hunt and fight badgers, they have a strong prey drive towards small vermin (squirrels, rats, mice, etc.) and will need to be kept on a leash when walked. Their determination is seen in everything from digging to working over a bully stick.
Scottie's don't have any congenital health problems like some breeds, though they have shown a predisposition towards some types of cancers. With few if any physical issues, they often live to be upwards of 15 years old.
Famous Scottie's and Scottie Owners
Franklin D. Roosevelt – Fala, Duffy, Mr. Duffy
George W. Bush – Barney, Miss Beazley
Jock – Lady and the Tramp