Breeds 101

Scottish Terrier


The Scottish Terrier’s early history is confusing; The Scottie of today is probably a descendant of dogs from the Scottish Western Isles, which were selectively bred in Aberdeen in the mid-1800’s.

The bearded “Scottie” was one of a rugged group of Terrier used to hunt vermin in the Highlands of Scotland; Like other terriers, the Scottish Terrier is a fast, strong breed that excelled at pursuing prey.

The Scottish Terrier has enjoyed great popularity over the years, with admirers such as King James Vi and President Theodore Roosevelt, and ex-president George W. Bush.

This solid, quiet, and even dour dog has always been more popular in North America than in Great Britain; The American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt often travelled with his Scottie, Fala, and Walt Disney perpetuated the gentlemanly image of this breed in his film “Lady and the Tramp”.

Primarily a companion, the Scottish Terrier is reserved and a little aloof, and makes an excellent guardian.


Small: 10 inches; Females: 18 to 21 pounds; Males: 19 to 22 pounds.

Color: Steel or iron grey, brindled or grizzled, black, wheaten or sandy, red brindle, black brindle.


Alert, ready for adventure; loving, gentle with family; best with children over 5); friendly but reserved with strangers; can be aggressive with other dogs.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner with training experience.


Daily exercise (moderate walk, vigorous game), leash, fenced yard, obedience training; Regular brushing and shaping.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.