Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Scottie; Aberdeen Terrier
The Scottish Terrier is a short-legged, low-slung terrier bred to hunt badgers, which means that they had to be tough, determined, and willing to dig and to chase. As a result, this sturdy little dog has an independent spirit that needs to be properly channeled by an experienced owner who knows how to offer reward-based training. If you offend this proud breed, you may lose the dog's respect. The Scottie is dignified and expects you to recognize that.
As the Kennel Club (UK) notes, this dog shares the reputation of the dour Scot of its homeland. However, it isn't necessarily unfriendly, just reserved. As a result, it can make a fine watchdog. It can be a one-person dog or simply a family pet that prefers not to share its more playful side with strangers.
Appearance / health:
Despite its small size, the Scottish Terrier gives the impression of wiry strength and muscle. Scotties are active dogs with short legs that display a smooth and level gait. The distinctive eyebrows and mustache characterize the breed.
The Scottish Terrier needs regular brushing to keep it clean. The breed may need to be professionally stripped every three or four months.
Scotties require a moderate amount of exercise. They may be given a brief walk, two to three times daily, along with some running off the leash, preferably in a fenced yard.
This breed has a high tolerance level to pain and enjoys good resistance to diseases. A hyperkinetic disorder known as “Scottie Cramp,” which causes intermittent spasms along rigidity in the muscles, is common in the breed. Deafness and various carcinomas may also be found in older dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
Scottish Terriers make good watchdogs. They make loyal pets though they can be stubborn. The breed has a tendency to wander.
Scotties need to be handled firmly from a young age. They respond well to a training approach that is based on mutual respect between the dog and owner. They are intelligent and learn quickly, though they are not always obedient.
Scotties are generally quite vocal. They tend to bark freely at strangers or passing vehicles. They are territorial dogs that announce visitors with loud and repeated barking.
Tough little dog, loyal little shadow, goodnature, little lap-dogs, devotion, great watchdogs
barkers, aggressive, itchy hot spots, chronic allergies
humour, Scottie Dogs, real characters, quirky personality, stumpy little legs
A Scottish Terrier Full of Personality
My dog´s name is Russell, a Scottish Terrier. This dog is definitely an alpha male and you can see that from the way he walks with his chest full of confidence. Russell has hunter and protecting instincts; he chaces after birds and other small animals, and will growl at any dog of any size. I have had some sticky situations when he would stare down a particularly huge dog. However, he is the best dog I have had. I have never seen a dog with such personality; he has feelings like a human and he can sense what I am feeling. If I am having a particulary gloomy day, he knows it and will not leave my side. If you take care of him, he will grow to love you imensely and protect you. He loves to be around the family and needs attention. At the same time though, he needs a place that is his; Russell has his little space where he has his bed, toys, and snacks.
Russell is a great companion, but he needs a lot of care. He used to pee and poop only when I took him for a walk (2 times per day), however, he has been going through a phase where he pees all over the house when left alone. Russell lives in Brazil, and he gets extremely hot, especially in the summer. When grooming him during this season, his fur has to be short so he can withstand the heat. He only drinks cold water, with ice cubes in it, if possible. I also have to give him a bath at least once per week. Finally, sometimes when Russell is feeling a little alone, I need to give him his dog food bit by bit, all the while playing with him.
Even with all the care he needs, you would not regret having a Scottish Terrier!.
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From Jennifer Peters DVM DABVP canine and feline 162 days ago
The younger, the better.
Dogs learn by repetition: PATIENCE.
Dogs can also be annoyed if we demand tricks or obedience all day long.
PATIENCE, PERSEVERANCE and FIRMNESS are key when it comes to educating our puppy.
Make allowances for the ill.
The wellbeing of the whole family, including the pet, will depend on educating at an early age, and that requires TIME. Do you have it?
From 8-12 weeks of age on, your pup should start learning the difference between what is right and what is wrong. Decide now what will be allowed at home: some people do not mind having the dog on furniture or beds; for others this is unpleasant; the same applies to beggin at the table, jumping over people, chewing on furniture, and any other unwanted behavior. If you want the dog to learn certain habits, make sure that your rules are obeyed from the beginning.
Use a firm voice and short simple commands such as: don't, stop, sit, stay.
Do not use long human phrases like: why are you doing this to me, what's wrong with you, Fido, sweet heart, didn't I tell you a thousand times not to pee on the carpet?! Your dog will probably not understand!
On the other hand, rewards and scoldings should always be given at the moment of the action, or they may not be associated with such actions.
Avoid physical abuse. Never use violence. You will only get a fearful -and perhaps- injured dog. Remember that a firm "no" works for him to realize that something is wrong with his behavior..
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