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Facts About Scotties

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We're a couple in Scotland with a Scottish Terrier of our own.


  • Weight Range: Male: 19-22 lbs; Female: 18-21 lbs.
  • Height at Withers: Male: 10 in; Female: 10 in.
  • Short bowed legs, upright ears (naturally)
  • Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day
  • Energy Level: Average
  • Longevity Range: 11-13 yrs.
  • Tendency to Drool: Low
  • Tendency to Snore: Low
  • Tendency to Bark: High
  • Tendency to Dig: High
  • Social/Attention Needs: Moderate
  • Bred For vermin hunting
  • Coat:

    Length: Medium
    Characteristics: Double coat, hard coat, straight
    Colors: Black with or without white, wheaten, brindle
  • Overall Grooming Needs: High
  • Hypoallergenic: YES!


  • Scottish Terriers, commonly known as a Scottie or Scotty
  • Originated in Aberdeen, Scotland, the breed at first was called the Aberdeen terrier.
  • These dogs were bred to chase fox, badger, rabbit and other small animals that live in dens.
  • Loving, stubborn and fiesty!
  • Make wonderful companions and family pets.
  • Coats are typically black but brindle and wheaten is also acceptable under the Kennel Club breed standard.
  • Thriving in home environments and are good around children, although they are better suited to families with older children rather than toddlers.
  • The other thing to bear in mind is that a Scottish Terrier’s coat is high maintenance which means they benefit from being professionally groomed several times a year.
  • Well balanced and have extremely large paws which are perfect for digging.
  • The Scottish terrier has won Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club a record 9 times.
  • They led the teams out at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
  • The Scottie is also renowned for being featured in the popular board game, Monopoly, as a player token.

Our Experience

Granted we had not planned on getting a second dog until our westie was at least two, getting our Scottie was a bit of a shock to our system.

The breeder we got the westie from had gotten their own scottie as a family pet, however her westie did not want anything to do with him, her children were either not interested or became highly allergic.

She was chatting to the group we set up to keep in touch of the westies hoping one of us knew of someone who was perhaps looking for a new addition, she wasn't asking for all the money she had spent and also was not looking forward to going through the vetting process all over again.

My husband and I felt so sorry for the whole situation, especially since this pup was not only rejected by his own mother but this family too. With my husbands allergy we did not promise anything but said we would go visit after work with our westie and see how things go.

When we went we asked lots of questions and again went through the whole process again waiting to see how my husband would react, because if the breeder's child had an allergy then the chances of my husband getting a reaction would have been likely. We didn't know much about scotties, in fact up until that point neither of us had even seen one in person before.

As it turns my husband turned out not to be allergic and our westie did not reject him, in fact i think she thought we got her a pet to play with. So that evening we came home with a second puppy just a few months after our westie.

He was very lethargic and didn't give eye contact, or want to interact with us humans. In fact he became our westies shadow and we were a bit concerned at his smell and fur casting off so much but thought it might have been because of a different breed and he was only 11 weeks and had already been passed hands a couple of times not being able to bond with anyone.

After a couple of days of settling in, we took him to the vets to get checked out. Turned out he had adult sized worms! It wasn't long until he was eating healthier, getting groomed, attention and routine he has become so loving, happy and playful!

It took a good few weeks for him to come out of his shell and now its been about 2 months, he has gained the right amount of weight, his fur is so soft and shiny, he smells lovely AND loves to play and cuddle.

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He is extremely stubborn when he wants to be, for example when out walking and he cant be bothered or has had enough he will stop still plant his big paws down like a tank and will not budge...that is unless he sees a bird, dog or human he wants to go play with.

I organised a Scottie dog meet up via a Facebook page and he was the only boy AND was so small and different compared to the others! He is very laid back but has a really cheeky side when playing with his sister westie!

He is a wee eating machine, doesn't matter what I give him, he will eat it all and still want to steal his sisters, so no doubt we will definitely need to keep an eye on his intact so he does not gain too much weight.

Like we did with our westie we got him used to relaxing in the car going to all sorts of places for various lengths of journeys, he now loves to get in his seat and fall asleep and wake up somewhere new it could be the shops or the vets, he really doesn't mind.

He is definitely not as vocal as the westie, however he has got a little howl when he is crying.

He does a lot better being on his own, compared to the westie. He is quite happy to sleep most of the day as long as he gets to run about every so often, eat have access to his favourite toys.

Training hasn't been the easiest or as advanced as the westie, but we are not sure if that is the breed or because we got him a little older than we got her. He has picked up a lot from coping our westie and our friends dogs, thankfully no bad traits thus far.

He gets a predominantly high protein diet (various meats), with some kibble in between and other goodies such as fish oil, sprats, pumpkin and chia seeds, bone broth, kefir yoghurt, blueberries, liver and other bits and bobs that are safe for dogs. She maintains a very healthy body weight and his coat is so soft and shiny black.

He goes to professional groomer every 6 weeks or so for a bath and blow dry. His next visit he will be 6 months old and will be able to get a bath, blow dry, de-shed and trim. In between these he has a bath at home every couple of weeks and daily brushing. He loves his groomer and gets so excited to go in (probably because he is a pamper pooch and loves getting the 1 to 1 attention). The groomer has often complemented how laid back he is and just relaxes when he is getting handled.

We started taking him at 12 weeks for a bath and blow dry to get him used to the sounds, smells and being left with a stranger for an hour or so who would be handing him.

He also LOVES to dig, and you cant get him our of the "sand pit" where they can dig away safely and get it out of their system.

He has NO FEAR! it doesn't matter if she's walking high up on a ledge, or playing with dogs 10 times her size she has fun pushing those boundaries and enjoys being as adventurous as we let him. He is so friendly and submissive, anytime anyone old or new sniffs or scruffs him, he ends up rolling onto his back and exposing his belly.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 Kally

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