Nickname - Scottie
Country of origin - Scotland
The Scottish Terrier is one of five breeds of terrier that originated in Scotland. The other four are Skye, Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, and West Highland White Terriers. Its nickname is "little diehard", given to it in the 19th century by George, the fourth Earl of Dumbarton. The Earl had a famous pack of Scottish Terriers, so brave that they were named “Diehards”. They were supposed to have inspired the name of his Regiment, The Royal Scots, "Dumbarton’s Diehards".
Diet Their diet consists of well-balanced dry dog food (only Vets choice) as well as a lot of raw veggies. No dairy products!! nothing!! No table food! They have a special liking for potatoes, and carrots, but will eat almost any veggie they can lay their paws on. The veggies also help to reduce the chewing of shoes and other articles in and around your home!
Their diet consists of well-balanced dry dog food (only Vets choice) as well as a lot of raw veggies. No dairy products!! nothing!! No table food! They have a special liking for potatoes, and carrots, but will eat almost any veggie they can lay their paws on. The veggies also help to reduce the chewing of shoes and other articles in and around your home!
Before considering a Scottie, remember they must go for walkies! So if you are lazy forget about a Scottish Terrier. Remember they were bred for hunting and it is essential that they must get exercise and it also help them not to be too naughty but also help them not to be hyperactive and not to mess in your garden! Always walk with your dog on a leach! Always! Not only protect it your Scotty of running away but helps protecting Scottie from loose wild animals and prevent that they can get hit by a motorcar. Make it a fun event for both of you and praise him/her after a good and enjoyable walk! The more you do it, the easier it will get and the more both of you will enjoy it!
A Scottish Terrier is a small but resilient terrier with a muscular body and neck (a typical neck circumference is 14 inches), often appearing to be barrel chested. They are short-legged, Cobby and sturdily built, with a long head in proportion to their size. Because the Scottish Terrier is also known as the Aberdeen Terrier, females are often named abby or "Aggie" and males affectionately named "Scottie".
The Scottie should have large paws adapted for digging. Erect ears and tail are salient features of the breed. Their eyes are small, bright and almond-shaped and dark brown or nearly black in colour.
Height at withers for both sexes should be roughly 25cm (10 in), and the length of back from withers to tail is roughly 28 cm (11 in). Generally a well-balanced Scottie dog should weigh from 8.5-10 kg (19-22 pounds) and a female from 8-9.9 kg (18-21 pounds). It is about 11-15 inches (28-38cm) in height.
The Scottie typically has a hard, wiry, long, weather-resistant outer coat and a soft dense under coat. The coat is typically trimmed and blended, with a longer coat on the beard, eyebrows, legs and lower body — traditionally shaggy-to-the-ground. The head, ears, tail and back are traditionally trimmed short.
The coat colors range from dark gray to jet black, or 'Brindle' (a mix of black and brown). Scotties with 'Wheaten' (straw to nearly white) coats sometimes occur, but should not be confused with the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier or West Highland White Terrier.
Scotties, like most terriers, are territorial. They are alert, quick moving and feisty — perhaps even more so than other terrier breeds. The breed is known to be independent and self-assured, playful, intelligent and has been nicknamed the 'Diehard' because of its rugged nature and endless determination.
Scotties, while being very loving, can also be particularly stubborn. Because the breed is inclined to be stubborn, it needs firm, but gentle handling from an early age or it will dominate the household. They are sometimes seen as an aloof breed, although it is actually very loyal to its family and they are known to attach themselves to one or two people. The breed has been described as tempestuous, but also quite sensitive.
The Scottish Terrier makes a good watchdog due to its tendency to bark only when necessary and because it is typically reserved with strangers — although this is not always the case and it is important to remember that all dogs differ. It is a fearless breed that may be aggressive around other dogs unless introduced at an early age.
Scottish Terriers were originally bred to hunt and fight badgers. Therefore, the Scottie is prone to dig as well as chase small vermin, such as Squirrels, rats, and mice. For this reason it is recommended that they are walked on a leash.
The Scottie is often thought to be the oldest of the Highland terriers, although this contention has not been proved. Initial grouping of several of the highland terriers (including the Scottie) under the generic name Skye terriers caused some confusion in the breed’s lineage. There is much disagreement over whether the Skye terriers mentioned in early 16th century records actually descended from forerunners of the Scottie or vice versa. It is certain, however, that Scotties and West Highland White Terriers are closely related — both their forefathers originating from the Blackmount region of Perthshire and the Moor of Rannoch. Scotties were originally bred to hunt and kill vermin on farms and to hunt badgers and foxes in the Highlands of Scotland. Scotties are natural "diggers," like other terriers, whose name derives from the same root as "terre," French for "earth." They were bred with strong tails so that their owners could pull them out of holes when they would dig after vermin and voles.
Famous Scottie Owners
Fala at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the only Presidential dog so honored.
Barney, the Scottish Terrier belonging to former President George W. Bush, on the presidential stand.
The Scottie is the only breed of dog that has lived in the White House more than three times.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was renowned for owning a Scottie named Fala, a gift from his cousin, Margaret Stuckley. The President loved Fala so much that he rarely went anywhere without him.
Other famous people who are known to have owned Scotties include: Humphrey Bogart; Bette Davis; Julie Andrews; Liza Minnelli; E.B. White; Queen Victoria; Ronald Reagan; Theodore Roosevelt; Dorothy Lamour; Eva Braun; Shirley Temple; David Cook and Ron White among others.
Tatum O'Neal owned a Scottish Terrier. She was said to be so saddened by her dog's death to cancer and old age that she relapsed into drugs.
A famous fictional Scottie is Jock from the Disney feature film Lady and the Tramp, where he acted as the retired captain with a Scottish tartan overcoat. In 1955, when the movie was originally released, Jock became one of the most popular dog names of the time.
A Scottie dog is also renowned for featuring in the popular board game, Monopoly, as a player token. When the game was first created in the 1930s, Scotties were one of the most popular pets in the
A Scottish Terrier and a West Highland White Terrier are featured on the Black & White whisky label, and the breed has been used as the mascot for the Chum brand of dog food, appearing on both the brand's packaging and TV commercials. Scottish Terriers are also part of the emblem for the clothing line, Juicy Couture and Radley handbags. In Enid Blyton's Mystery Series books, there is a Scottish Terrier called Buster, who is always part of the mysteries.
In May 2007, Carnegie Mellon University named the Scottish Terrier its official mascot. The Scottie had been a long-running unofficial mascot of the university, whose founder's Scottish heritage is also honored by the official athletic nickname of "Tartans."During the opening of the May, 2007, Carnegie Mellon commencement ceremony, keynote speaker Bill Cosby led the university's new mascot, named Scottie, to the speaker's platform.
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