AKC PuppyFinder: Scottish Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Independent, confident, and never shy; spirited but dignified
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Brisk walks, exploring the yard or park, and upbeat play will satisfy Scottie exercise needs
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 10 inches
  • Weight: 19-22 pounds (male), 18-21 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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The Scottish Terrier, popularly known as the Scottie, is instantly recognizable for his wiry coat, beard and sturdy little body. Bred to hunt vermin, the breed shares a lot of traits with other terriers, including a love of digging and the chase. Your Scottish Terrier puppy has a naturally bold and confident nature. Obedience training, playtime and lots of exercise (on a leash or in a fenced area) will bring out his best traits. Teach your Scottish Terrier good manners from puppyhood and you'll be rewarded with a gentle, loving and always endearing canine friend.

History & Job
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Origin: Scotland

Year Recognized: 1885

Breed History & Job Description: 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.

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Scottish Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, important among them are von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD), allergies, cancer, Scottie Cramp, Cerebellar Abiotrophy (CA), hypothyroidism, liver disease, and craniomandibular osteopathy (CMO). Many of these will not appear in the adult dog, but will be transmitted to the puppies. For vWD, a devastating bleeding disease, there is a simple DNA test. It is imperative that Scotties have a vWD test before breeding. Research is underway now to develop tests for CMO and Scottie Cramp as well as bladder cancer. Maintain a flea-free environment to reduce skin problems due to flea allergy. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Scottish Terriers are healthy dogs

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Von Willebrand's Disease DNA Test
  • Patella Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Scottish Terrier Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.stca.biz/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Terrier
  • 2016 Popularity: 58
  • Breed Referral Contact: Barb Zink -
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Click here to see all Scottish Terrier Rescue Groups.

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