Scottish TerrierThe Scottish Terrier is also known as: Aberdeen Terrier
|Group classification: Terrier||Country of origin: Scotland||Date of origin: 19th century|
|Weight (M): 19 – 22 lb||Height (M): 10"||Life expectancy: 12 - 13 years|
|Weight (F): 18 – 21 lb||Height (F): 10"|
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General Description of the Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier is a small, short legged canine that is very strong despite its small stature. The dog’s skull and muzzle are long and rather blockish, and of medium width. The ears are small and sharp, and prick up when the animal is excited. The Scottish Terrier’s expression is thoughtful and almost philosophical, with the dog’s eyebrows and distinctive beard adding to this impression. Dark brown or black almond-shaped eyes tend to be well hidden beneath the dog’s protruding brow. The neck is thick and muscular, as is much of the dog’s body; the overall look of a Scottish Terrier should bring to mind a well developed and very heavy-boned dog that packs a lot of power into a small package. The tail is about 7” long and carried either straight or with a slight bend. The dog is protected from harsh weather conditions by a soft undercoat that is covered with a bristled and hard outer coat. Most often the dog’s coat is black, but the coat can also be wheaten or brindle in color.
Scottish Terrier Temperament
The Scottish Terrier is a very strong willed animal, full of character and endlessly charming. As a puppy the Scotty is playful and friendly to all; as an adult, the dog tends to be a little more reserved but keeps its spunky attitude. The Scottish Terrier is ever vigilant and is ideal for an owner who wants a consummate watch dog, always on alert for danger. And despite its diminutive size, the powerful little Scotty even provides a bit of protection ability, albeit nowhere near on par with a Rottweiler or Pit Bull. One should be careful about visitors who are not established as a member of the family as the breed will normally become aggressive if it perceives a threat against its owner. Other personality quirks of the Scottish Terrier include a habit of becoming more attached to one member of the household over the rest, and a tendency to become the dominant pet in the house.
Caring for a Scottish Terrier
The Scottish Terrier is not a particularly difficult breed to care for but there are some issues to be aware of. The dog needs daily exercise and enjoys a chance to roam and explore off the leash. A regular brushing is important to maintain the consistency of the coat and to remove any loose hairs in the undercoat. The coat is prone to tangles and rats, especially if it is left unbrushed for long periods of time. The coat is very hard and will require an appropriately stiff brush. Notable health concerns for the breed include craniomandibular osteopathy, von Willebrand’s disease, cerebellar abiotrophy, patellar luxation and Scotty cramp.
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