Scottish Terrier

Other names: Scottish Terrier, Terrie d’Ecosse, Scottie, Aberdeen-Terrier

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The Scottish Terrier is a stocky dog, with short limbs, built for work in burrows. Despite its small volume, it is powerful, agile and active. He is recognizable by her tousled dress and the long bangs garnishing her muzzle and eyebrows.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 8 kg to 10 kg From 25 cm to 28 cm
Male From 8 kg to 10 kg From 25 cm to 28 cm
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History of the breed

Native to the Scottish Highlands, the Scottish Terrier began to be developed from 1879 through the work of Captain Gordon Murray. 2 years later, the 1st breed standard was developed . The Scottish Terrier Club was founded in 1882. Its physical constitution lends itself perfectly to its primary mission: to dig up foxes, rodents and other small and medium sized game taking refuge underground.

Today the Scottish Terrier is especially appreciated as a show and companion dog, with guardian qualities .

Scottish Terrier Pictures

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Physical features

His coat: coarse, dense, hard to the touch, associated with a short and soft undercoat. The set gives the dog good protection against bad weather.
Its color: black, wheaten or brindle.
His head: long, elegantly carried, with an almost flat skull and a slightly marked stop (sharper at eye level).
His ears: thin, pointed, attached to the top of the head and carried straight.
His eyes: dark brown, almond-shaped, wide apart, displaying an expression of liveliness and intelligence.
His body: quite massive, with a short and very muscular back, a strong and well let down, a broad chest and well rounded ribs.
Its tail: strong at its set, becoming thinner as it approaches its end, carried straight or moderately curved, of medium length.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Scottish Terrier is not very demonstrative in its relationship with humans. However, he will know how to fill his master with tenderness and happiness . He knows how to be affectionate and overflowing with love for his adoptive family. Although independent, he will never balk at a game of games with his master or children. It is a proud dog, sometimes stubborn , very intelligent and endowed with a beautiful vivacity . He is loyal and courageous . Qualities that make him a very good companion dog, but also an excellent hunting dog. He is always jovial despite a look that sometimes means the opposite. He is never aggressive , not even with strangers whose presence he prefers to ignore.

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By virtue of his assertive character and his insubordination , the Scottish Terrier must be educated in a firm manner . His intelligence, his boldness and his attachment to his master make it a pleasant and easy-going companion dog if he has received a balanced education.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Scottish Terrier appreciates life in the country as well as in the city , in a house or an apartment . He is suitable for all kinds of masters, as long as he shows him early enough the limits not to be exceeded and being sufficiently available. Calm and measured, it can bring happiness to a single person or a couple . It supports absences quite well thanks to its independent side.

Be careful, however, at water points such as swimming pools. He is attracted to water, but could drown in it …


Ease of gaining weight

The Scottish Terrier is quite resistant to cold and bad weather , but it is exposed to the risk of contracting various diseases affecting the breed, including the Scotty Cramp which is unique to it. This is a dysfunction in the metabolism of serotonin. Willebrand’s disease (hemorrhagic disease) and dermatological problems are also among the conditions to watch out for in the breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 4 puppies

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Scottish Terrier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Scottish Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Scottish Terrier is not subject to a major moult and loses little coat . However, her coat requires a lot of maintenance and regular grooming , especially if the dog is called to take part in shows. The budget associated with its maintenance is therefore rather substantial. Just like the time allotted to this task, by the way.

It is recommended to brush the dog at least once a week . It is also advisable to have it groomed regularly by a real professional, because poorly applied care can lead to dermatological problems . The Scottish Terrier must be shaved twice a year.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Scottish Terrier is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 950
1000 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Scottish Terrier is between 950 € and 1000 €.

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The Scottish Terrier is a heavy eater. Thus, he can quickly become obese if his diet is not adapted to his morphology and his daily energy expenditure. Its diet must be based on high quality kibble .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Scottish Terrier is generally content with its daily walks . He does n’t require a lot of exercise , but his outings shouldn’t be neglected or cut short.


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