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Scottish Terrier

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Photo: Ch Mayson Monopoly. Courtesy of Mr & Mrs Gaskell

Scottish Terrier Books

Group: Terrier - Breed Standard


They were originally bred in Scotland (their first name was the Aberdeen Terrier) in about the 1700s, but had achieved their final size and shape by 1890. Scotties are natural "diggers," like other terriers, whose name derives from the same root as "terre," French for "earth." Scotties were originally bred to hunt badgers in the Highlands of Scotland. They were also bred with strong tails so that their owners could pull them out of holes when they would dig after vermin and voles. Their nickname is "little diehard" from James Francis Edward Stuart, the "Old Pretender" son of King James II.


Height at withers 25-28 cms (10-11 ins); weight 8.5-10.5 kgs (19-23 lbs).

A Scottish Terrier, or scottie, is a small but resilient terrier. Scotties are fast and have a muscular body, often appearing to be barrel chested. Its traditional grooming is shaggy-to-the-ground. The usual coat color ranges from dark gray to jet black. Scotties with 'Wheaten (straw to nearly white) coats sometimes occur.


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