Scottish Terrier


“People love dogs. You can never go wrong adding a dog to your story” Jim Butcher. Owning a dog is amazing, especially a Scottish terrier.

Being the member of a Terrier clan, Scottish terrier breeds are equally as adorable as the other members of the Terrier family. These short legged dogs were bred for chasing and hunting badgers and rats. Due to their ‘never give up’  attitude, they are also known as ‘Die hard’ breed of dogs.

Their compact size and minimal maintenance makes them the perfect choice of dog for many people with varying lifestyles. But, they can be a little challenging when it comes to training. They, during early times, worked without any sort of directions given by their masters.

Design to dig, Scottie loves to play anything that is challenging. They can be aloof sometime but shows abounding love towards their family.

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Sco>Scottish Terrier Facts


Average Height: 5-10 inches.

Average Weight: Male: 19-22 Pounds ; Female: 18-20 Pounds.

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years.

Dog Group: Terriers.

Colours: Black, wheaten and brindle

At >At A Glance

s="wp-block-heading">Size (2/5)

Scottish terrier are short legged dogs with compact body frame. TheScottish terrier weighs around 15-20 pounds with height 8- 10 inches. Scottish terrier puppy comes with very tiny body dimension and doesn’t gain much of height and weight throughout their life time.

Affection Level (4/5)

 These playful little creature loves to show affection and feel the same, but have prey instincts like other terrier members. Scottish terrier can act aloof and are introvert towards strangers, which makes them good watch dogs. They are deeply connected with the family.

Apartment Friendly (5/5) 

These munchkins, comes in a very compact and convenient size which makes them worthy for apartments. Scotties also, can adjust in any kind of lifestyle (in an apartment or in a house with yard). Keep them away from pools, they aren’t good swimmers and can drown.

Cold Weather Tolerability (4/5)

The double layered coat makes it easy for the Scottie to tolerate cold weather and breeze. Scottie also has Highland as their native origin, so, they are used to such climatic conditions and will do decently well with coldness.

Hot Weather Tolerability (3/5)

Dog breeds with thick and layered coat, tend to have excessive body heating issues. Because Scottie’s inner owner layer of the coat is not as thick as the inner layer, they do okay-ish in hot weather. It is advised to only get them in places where there is moderate climate.

Barking Tendencies (4/5)

Scottish terrier dog shows aloofness towards strangers, and are very protective about their home and family and hence has a barking tendency, just like the other terrier members. They may have a small body, but their high tone bark can scare off anyone who passes by.

Cat Friendly (3/5)

The gentle and loving Yorkie poo dog are good chasers and love to chase anything they see, specially pets smaller than them (not that there are pets smaller them them!!). If brought up with cats from the puppyhood, they’ll make good friends.

Dog Friendly (4/5)

Yorkies are fairly noble with other dogs, too. They like to play around with them and often wants to start a rustling game with the bigger dogs. He is one brave of a breed. They have gut bigger than their size!

Exercise Needs (4/5)

Even though Scottish terrier has tiny legs, they still need consistent walks and exercise of 20-30 minutes on a regular basis. Because Scotties were used as farm dogs, they are agile and active. They may not become your jogging partner but likes stimulating games and task.

Grooming Needs (4/5)

Scottish terrier has thick and layered coat, covering their frame. They need regular combing and occasional bathing. Bathing too often will damage their beautiful plum hair. Scotties also requires intense grooming sessions as they have hair growing tendencies same as other terriers.

Playfulness (4/5)

This breed of dog is a lively and a playful companion. They love to dig grounds with their tiny paws and loves challenging games and tasks. They were bred to look after farms, so, they are very active and likes to get treats for any achievement from their owners.

Trainability (2/5)

Training a Scottish terrier can be a little hard-hitting. They like their owners to be as active as they are, and likes to play games that are challenging. Scottie can get bored easily if the owner shows no interest towards their training and hence the pooch can become more notorious.

Intelligence (4/5)

With their charming appearance, Scotties are equally smart and intelligent. They also inherit prey drive qualities, and make excellent watch dogs. They have superb agility and rugged character. As listed by AKC, Scottie holds the rank 65 out of 137 in intelligence.

Mouthiness (3/5)

Almost every dog has the habit to chew and nip everything around them. Scotties are hunting dogs, so, it is very common to see chewing and nipping tendencies in them. They also, chew or gently bite their owners in a playful way. Their mouthiness can be controlled with the help of proper training.

Price Group (4/5)

This diehard breed of dogs can cost you something around $700-$5000, excluding of the grooming, health visits and lifestyle expenses. They pricing also varies with the type of breeder. A professional breeder will charge you no less than $900 for a healthy puppy.

About Scottish Terrier

Scottish terrier are one of the five member of the Terrier family. They have tiny body structure but have strong bones and will power. Their beautiful curled hair coat gives them an elegant and exquisite appearance.

This little dog breed was featured in a Disney Story named “Grey friars Bobby” and gained heaps of popularity afterwards. They also have been spotted in the arms of famous personalities like Hitler’s wife and England’s King James I.

 They are strong mortals which easily adjusts according to the scenario. Being an active breed of dog, it is not recommended to leave Scottie alone at home for long hours or they’d get too shy or too mischievous around outsiders.

Black, wheaten and brindle are known Scottish terrier colors.

Where Scottish Terrie>Where Scottish Terrier Dog Came From?


Originally from Scottish highland, these dogs were bred to hunt and look after farms. They are one of the oldest breed of dog in Scotland.  Usually known by their unique features and tiny body frame, Scottie makes a perfect companion dog. This breed of dog bas discovered by John Naylor.

The Scottish terrier breed of dog were initially used for chasing and catching ratters. Later, they were spotted in pictures with Hitler’s wife, Eva Braun and 32nd president of The United States. The first import of Scottie in America was during early 1890s. After that, they were seen in almost every family.

They navigate and explore on the basis of sound and scent of their prey, which is property of majority canines. They also are designed to dig and hence are called Earth dogs.   

They are widely loved, accepted and known as hunting dog, for they are feisty and highly agile, making them perfect choice for a family who wants a watch dog and a companion.


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Scottish terrier is a tiny breed of dog and are usually considered as hunting dog, which makes them a perfect watch dog with a lot of alertness. A Scottish terrier size, during their puppyhood, ranges from 5-6 inches. During adulthood, their height reaches up to 10 inches.

They have petite slender body frame and minimal body weight. Scottish terrier weight usually ranges from 16-20 pounds for a healthy dog. They look small but are highly active and playful and also known as earth dogs for their digging ability.

Scottish terrier or Scottie also are apartment friendly due to their compact size and are usually friendly with the family members. With their beguiling eyes and playful nature, they have attracted many owners towards them. The cute size, shiny coat and gorgeous eyes, charming personality, altogether, makes them an excellent choice of dog.