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Scottish Terrier

 (other names: Aberdeen Terrier, Scotties)

Scottish Terrier
origin:Scotland
date origin:19th century
life expectancy:13 to 14 years
classification:Terrier
height:25 to 28 cm
weight:8 to 10 kg
exercise: Undemandingtraining: Difficultclimate: Temperatein/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Small
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History [ edit ]

The Scottish Terrier only became known by this name in the late nineteenth century. Until then all Terriers were devised in two groups: short-legged or long-legged. The Scottish Terrier was known as Aberdeen Terrier, from the Scottish region, where he was most bred. At that time each region bred it´s own type of Terrier, although there was some mix and matches. The classification of the Aberdden Terrier as Scottish Terrier wasn´t pacific. In 1883, 23 years after the first participation of this breed in a dog show, the habitants of Aberden protested so that this breed would be recognized as independent one. In 1887, the Scottish Terrier Club was created ironically in England, and one year later, the Scottish backfired and made one of their one.

Scotties ancestors are probably dogs from the Scottish Isles, but since they were all called Terriers, it´s difficult to track down any specific data. Certain seem to be this little dog´s abilities. He was used to hunt small mammals, specially foxes and hares.

The Scotties are mostly used for companionship. They captivated the world in the 1930s with their stylish looks and since then they have been loosing popularity.   
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General appearance [ edit ]

This agile and active Terrier is a sturdy and compact animal with a lot more power than what is perceived by his appearance. With a height between 25 to 28 cm and a weight ranging from 8,5 to 10,5, these dogs are small-sized and short legged.

Although we are used to see the Scottish Terrier in black, he can actually be of other colors. Besides black, there’s also wheaten and red and they all can have sprinklings of white or silver hairs in the chin and the chest areas.

In this breed, is the outline of the coat what strikes us as most unusual. The Scottish Terrier has a longer coat on the legs, lower body, beard and eyebrows. The inner hair is soft and dense, and the outer is hard and wiry, giving him a good protection from the wind and rain.

The always erect and pointy ears and tail complete the stylish look of this Terrier. The keen expression for which the Scotties are recognized is a plus. 
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Scottish Terrier has been nicknamed “Diehard” due to their rugged temperament. Full of character, brave and very determined, the Scotties can be a bit difficult to train. They are very alert and have a tendency to bark, which makes the role of a watchdog perfect for him. Although always giving the impression of control and confidence, these little Terriers give minimal protection as guard dogs. They may respond with some aggressiveness to strangers.

They are quite independent but they are very friendly and gentle with their family. However they don´t respond well to other dogs.

The Scottish Terrier is a moody and sensitive dog, very playful when puppy, and more reserved in adulthood.

Very intelligent and lively, he tends to attach himself more to one or two persons in the family to whom they are more affectionate.

The Scotties are great pets, good for the life in an apartment, but it´s preferable a medium-sized yard. They don´t need too much exercise and if given a yard to be in, he will do it´s own exercise. However, playing with this dog is extremely important to bond with him. “Fetch” is always a good choice. 
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Health [ edit ]

These dogs are fairly healthy and have a good resistance to pain. Some are prone to Scottie Cramp - a hyperkinetic disorder (movement problem) specific to the breed - Von Willebrand's disease, craniomandibular osteopathy and allergies.
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Dog Trivia [ edit ]

Franklin D. Roosevelt, former USA president, integrated Fala, a Scottish Terrier dog in his public image, campaigning with the him.

This breed’s popularity can be confirmed by the amount of famous people that owned Scotties. Among many: George W. Bush (2), Humphrey Bogart; Bette Davis; Julie Andrews; Liza Minnelli; Queen Victoria; Ronald Reagan; Theodore Roosevelt; Dorothy Lamour and Shirley Temple.

The most recognizable movie featuring this breed is the Disney animated movie “Lady and the Tramp.” 
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27.11
Dogfan22 said:
i like this breed of dog
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