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Scottish Terrier


Scottish Terrier Facts

  • Group
  • Terrier
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 10"
  • Weight
  • 18-22 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Difficult
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Brindle
    • Red-Brindle
    • Blue-Brindle
    • Tan
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors
    • Tendency to bite

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Alternate Names

Scottie, Aberdeen Terrier.


The Scottish terrier originated in the Highlands of Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1800's.


The Scottish terrier was originally bred to go to ground after vermin such as foxes and badgers. It was expected to fight and kill whatever it encountered underground. It was first brought to the U.S. in the late nineteenth century. In the early twentieth century, the breed became a popular show dog and family pet in the U.K. and the U.S.
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. Roosevelt had several Scotties before Fala, including one named Duffy and another named Mr. Duffy. Eleanor Roosevelt had a Scottish Terrier named Meggie when the family entered the White House in 1933. More recently, President George W. Bush has owned two black Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley. Barney starred in nine films produced by the White House, including Barney Cam VII: A Red, White and Blue Christmas. Other famous people who are known to have owned Scotties include: Queen Victoria, Eva Braun, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Ed Whitfield and President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski. Actress 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. The Scottie is also renowned for being featured 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 United States, and it is also one of the most popular Monopoly game tokens, according to Matt Collins, vice president of marketing for Hasbro. 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, a Scottie fancier, led the university's new mascot, named Scottie, to the speaker's platform. Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia also uses the Scottie as their mascot.


The Scottish terrier is a small but substantial, rectangular shaped dog with short legs and a long head. Its ears are small, prick and high set. The tail is shaped like an inverted carrot or held erect. The Scottie has a short, dense, soft undercoat and a harsh, wiry outer coat that is trimmed to follow the outline of the body and head, with longer furnishings on the face, legs and underbelly. Scotties come in black, wheaten and all shades of brindle.


The Scottie is brave, confident, and independent but can be stubborn and sensitive. It has a high pain tolerance and may be hot tempered. It is often dog aggressive but gets along with cats. It does fine with older children.


This breed has been used as a small animal hunter and as a family companion.

Health Concerns

Craniomandibular, osteopathy, elbow dysplasia, intervertebral disc protrusion, Scottie cramp, von Willebrand's disease.

Additional Information

This dog will require consistent training and socialization during its life.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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