Scottish terrier

Description Scottish terrier

Alert, Intelligent, Brave
The Scottish Terrier is a dog that is well suited to both nature-loving people and families with children. He is loyal, alert and also reserved. However, this is a very stubborn dog breed. This should be brought up well right from the start. In this way, the Scottish Terrier can also become a lovely family dog. It is best if you already have dog experience. Only then can you get a Scottish Terrier.FCI Group: Terriers

  • Size: Small
  • Weight: 8-10kg
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Coat type: long hair
  • Colors: Wheat, black, brindle shades

Character Scottish terrier

The Scottish Terrier is a proud dog. Impressing him is not easy. However, it is a very intelligent breed of dog, a bit stubborn and very selective about its friends. He always observes his surroundings and pays close attention. The thoughtfulness and caution towards other people or dogs makes him seem slightly arrogant.

It grows up to 30 cm tall, weighs around 10 kg and has rough hair and pointy ears. Its head is quite long compared to its body. Its coat color is mostly black. Because smaller dogs have a longer lifespan than larger dogs, the Scottish Terrier has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years.
Since he has a hunting instinct, it is advisable not to let him off the leash in areas rich in wildlife.

The hunting instinct can be well acted out by playing some hunting games with him. In addition, the Scottish Terrier can be enthusiastic about agility sports and obedience. Agility is about overcoming obstacles and courses. Obedience deals with obedience and also bonding with humans and other animals.
Terriers are basically very playful.

However, the Scottish Terrier tends not to play as much with strange dogs. Here he keeps his distance. He is a loving family dog. But he has a mind of his own and tends to be a loner. So you have to use a lot of strength and effort to inspire and animate him.

The Scottish Terrier is a brave dog. However, an aggressive character never appears. He gets along well with children. However, both sides should know how to deal with each other. It’s even better if he grows up with kids from the start.

Diet Scottish terrier

Scottish Terriers tend to be overweight. Special attention should be paid to a balanced diet. Feed with high-quality protein is particularly suitable here. Food containing grains should be avoided.
If you get a Scottish Terrier, it is best to give him the food he is used to for the first few days.

You can then change your diet bit by bit. Just mix a little bit of the new food into his old food every day and use the new food completely after a few days.
You should also avoid giving him special treats. You can simply give him small bites of normal dry food as treats. After a while you can occasionally give him a small portion of beef and chews or dental care sticks.

Sufficient drinking water should of course always be available and ready.
The feed should always be chopped sufficiently small. Otherwise, Scottish Terriers can choke quickly. Since the breed is also prone to diabetes, the diet is best limited to vegetables, rice and meat.
Nothing should be fed out of line.

Scottish terriers do not tolerate anything fried and certainly not cake, biscuits or the like. Bones should never be fed. There is a risk of choking here. Terriers like to gobble their food.


The Scottish Terrier’s coat requires a lot of care. He has a double coat, which should be brushed regularly. This is how you avoid tangles. Regular brushing also contributes to good blood circulation.
The Scottish Terrier should be professionally trimmed about every 3 months.

Old and dead hair is also removed here, so that this contributes to the further well-being of the Scottish Terrier and there is no itching or skin irritation.
It is best to find out beforehand where you can have it trimmed best and cheaply. Because here an amount of about 150 euros a year can come together.
The hair around the eyes and ears should also be trimmed regularly so that it does not affect the dog. However, you can do this yourself, as well as shearing the fur with a machine every 6 to 8 weeks.

In general, dogs should not be bathed too often. And if it is necessary, then you should definitely use a dog shampoo. “Human shampoo” damages the dog’s skin and coat considerably.
You should also always keep your dog’s auricles clean. Wiping with a cloth dampened with water is sufficient here.

And please only clean the auricle and never the ear canal! You can easily injure the dog here.


The Scottish Terrier, also known as the Scottie , was first bred in Scotland in the 18th century. However, the exact origin is unknown. Initially he was given the name “Aberdeen Terrier”. However, he was later registered as a “Scottish Terrier”.
At that time, his ancestors were more long-legged than the terrier we know today.

The Scottish Terriers were then used to keep the farm pest-free and to hunt rabbits and foxes.
In the early 2000s, the Scottish Terrier even became an advertising motif for whiskey and chocolate. He thus gained worldwide fame.
In Germany, the Scottish Terrier was introduced at the beginning of the 19th century. This dog breed is one of the oldest terrier breeds.

In the 30 years, the Scottish Terrier then developed into a fashion dog in Germany and Switzerland.
To date, the Scottish Terrier has developed into a loving family dog. Today it is no longer bred for hunting and pest control.
Please inform yourself sufficiently about this breed before purchasing. This ensures a good development for both sides.

Now nothing stands in the way of a good time with the Scottish Terrier.

Scottish terrier Accessories

Especially in the winter months, the Scottish Terrier could use a suitable winter coat. This also protects the fur from dirt. Many different types can be found on the internet. A furminator is recommended for proper care of the fur. It can also be used to comb out the Scottish Terrier’s undercoat without any problems.

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