American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Scottish Terrier


History

Used to dig and get in small dens to hunt for badgers, rabbits, foxes and other small animals, the Scottish Terrier was developed in Scotland in the early 1700's. Originally named the Aberdeen Terrier, this breed was very popular among many farmers and even royalty. Today, this breed remains to be extremely popular in the USA.

Appearance

This is a small breed dog with males and females weighing 19-23 pounds in weight and measuring 10-11 inches in height. This breed is built very rectangular, short and stocky in appearance. Their head is very long and rectangular in shape, directly forming into the same width muzzle. Their two almond shaped eyes are medium in size and generally dark brown or black with color. Their two ears are medium in size, triangular in shape, and stand firmly on the top of their head. Their four legs are very short and straight to the ground. Due to their typical "Scotty" hair cut, their hair acts as a skirt at the lower portion of their body, covering all four legs. Their single hair coat is harsh to the touch, slightly wavy and should always demonstrate a natural shine. Their coat is available in black, wheaten or brindle. Black is most common.

Temperament

Requiring an owner who is firm, confident and yet gentle with their tone of voice, the Scottish Terrier is a mature, loyal and sensitive breed. A fantastic guard dog, this breed will protect and watch for anything or anyone suspicious approaching your home. This breed is very playful and outgoing as he or she is young, and as they mature, they truly turn into an adult and become much more serious in personality. This breed requires positive reinforcement training methods only, and are sensitive with tone of voice. This breed is recommended for homes with older children and without small non-canine pets.

Grooming

This breed requires daily brushing and bathing when needed. We recommend regular trips to the groomers for hair trimmings.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Scottish Terrier prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to make a life long commitment both physically and financially to your new family member. This breed is prone to "Scotty Cramp", which is a muscle and joint issue, as well as Von Willebrand Disease, skin and flea allergies, jaw issues, tumors and are very difficult welpers. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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