The Scottish Terrier (nicknamed the “Scottie” and known also as the “Aberdeen Terrier”) is among the most popular terrier breeds having been a favorite of US Presidents such as George W. Bush and Franklin D. Roosevelt which features a wiry gray, black, brindle, wheaten or sandy colored coat with a longer beard and erect ears. The breed has origins dating back to as early as the 1400s, and they were first raised for the primary purpose of hunting vermin.

Just a few of their more unique traits can be described as their friendly and spirited nature – which has helped make them highly popular as a companion dog for much of the last hundred years.

The Scottish Terrier’s origins are largely unknown but they are believed to have originated in the Highlands of Scotland as early as the 1400s and was bred with the intention of hunting vermin and using their speed to pursue prey. There is a great deal of confusion as to whether the Scottish Terrier descended from the Skye Terrier or vice versa as early records show these breeds often being given the same name.

Scottish Terriers are classified as a small-sized breed of dog. The suggested standard size for the Scottish Terrier male is 10 inches high from paw to shoulder and a weight of 19-22 pounds, while the suggested size for female Scottish Terriers is 10 inches tall from paw to shoulder with a weight of 18-21 pounds.

The Scottish Terrier is famous for their alert, adventurous and loving nature. They are characteristically friendly although reserved with guests, which with their size often makes them unsuitable as a guard dog.

The Scottish Terrier is also known to be not highly intelligent – scoring equal 65th compared to other dogs when considering their capability to be trained obedience instructions. They are also renowned to be good with kids – meaning they are quite suitable as a family pet. The Scottish Terrier is not always well-matched with other smaller animals due to their natural prey instinct but can usually get along with other dogs when properly socialized.

The Scottish Terrier doesn’t always need a yard to provide them with enough space, so they are quite suitable for living in an apartment so long as they are taken for daily walks. If you do have a yard be sure it is well fenced so they don’t dig their way out of it. They can live in cooler weather, and care must be taken in warmer weather to ensure they don’t overheat.

The Scottish Terrier loves hobbies like chasing after a ball and running around the house or yard. They have a high degree of energy and need to be given daily exercise in the form of moderate walks to avoid behavior problems like excessive barking, digging, chewing or anything else that may result from them burning off their excess energy.

The Scottish Terrier can be the right breed of dog for active owners who can provide adequate leadership – otherwise the dog may assume they’re in charge and become very hard to handle. They are well-suited to anyone that is willing to execute a regular level of grooming and set aside time to give them early socialization and positive obedience training as well as take them on moderate walks every day and present a good quantity of companionship and devotion. Though they may be somewhat inappropriate with those less confident at training a dog, if you are able to meet their need for strong leadership then the Scottish Terrier possibly will make the ultimate dog breed for you.

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  • Confident, Independent, Spirited
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 57 of 191
  • Height: 10 inches
  • Weight: 19-22 pounds (male), 18-21 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12 years
  • Group: Terrier Group

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