Nicknamed “diehards” due to their incredible bravery, Scottish Terriers are beloved pets worldwide. These feisty Scotts are balls of tremendous energy trapped inside a small body.
Where I'm From
Known as the oldest breed of highland dog, the true origins of the Scottish Terrier remain somewhat of a mystery. What we do know for sure is that they are native to Scotland where they were used for many years to keep vermin under control.
These excellent hunters were compact and could chase small game such as badgers otters and rabbits down into their burrows They were also sturdy enough to be able to defend themselves in a fight.
In the 20th century, people began adopting them as stylish house pets and today, the fearless and tough Scotts are some of the most popular breed
s of terrier around.
What I Look Like
Scotts have a regal and dignified air to them, and their stoic countenance makes them look like canine members of the aristocracy.
They have short legs and pointy ears, both features that everybody knows very well. Don’t be fooled by their fragile appearance though, these are strong creatures that hide great power inside a seemingly delicate frame.
Scottish Terriers come in a variety of colours such as black, gray, wheaten and brindle. Like other terriers, they have double coats with the outer being harsh and dense, while the underneath is short and soft.
How I Act
Their most characteristic trait is their enormous courage, which has given the dignified Scotts a reputation for being bold and determined creatures. Scottish Terriers will not hesitate to stand up for themselves if they feel threatened.
These lively friends make perfect watchdogs, who are forever sharp and alert. Scotts are also incredibly devoted to owners who are kind and attentive, and are known to become attached to members of their family.
Just like most other terriers, they are incredibly intelligent and very clever.
Looking After Me
Scottish Terriers require a bit of attention when it comes to grooming. You will need to regularly brush them in order to keep their coats shinny and soft. Scotts don’t shed a lot of fur, which is good news, but this also means that their fur will keep growing and get messy. A clip every couple of months or so will ensure your Scottie stays looking beautiful.
Famously stubborn, these strong-willed pooches would rather do things their own way. Obedience training is an absolute must for them to behave well around other people and dogs. Be mindful on how you address them however, as they are sensitive creatures who are likely to get their feelings hurt.
Scotts do not require a rigorous exercise routine. Daily short walks will suffice to keep your pet happy and healthy.
These terriers are susceptible to an illness called Scottie Cramp, which results in loss of muscle control and poor coordination. If you notice any symptoms, it is important you take your pet to the vet straight away.
Am I the pet for you?
- Scotts are very loyal to owners who treat them right
- Incredibly alert and always vigilant
- Do not need extensive physical activity which make them excellent companions for more passive owners
- Owners must pay plenty of attention to their grooming
- Can be difficult to train as they are often stubborn
- Scottish Terries are prone to develop Scottie Cramp
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