Scottish Terrier


The Scottish Terrier has a clean-cut and sturdy appearance. The breed has classic Terrier features and those distinct to it. Its head and muzzle are both long. There is a prominent stop. The nose is prominent and the eyes are small. Its ears are also small and set high on its head. The coat is one of its distinguishing features. The outer layer is coarse and wiry while the bottom layer is smooth. The coat has a trimmed look. It is most profuse at the muzzle, legs, and underbelly. The breed’s neck is not very long. It extends to its strong back. This breed’s chest is wide and deep. The legs are short, but well muscled. The front legs stand straight. The tail on this breed is well-proportioned to its body. it is set in line with the back, but usually carried high.


The Scottish Terrier is a breed that has both a gentle and feisty nature. It generally conveys its gentle nature to its family. When in the presence of other dogs it has a tendency to become aggressive. Training may help to eliminate this behavior. It is fine with children who ae not too young. This breed obeys its owner and loves to please. It is an alert breed that is an effective watchdog.

Height and Weight

Male height: 10 inches Male weight: 19-22 pounds Female height: 10 inches Female weight: 18-21 pounds

Health Problems

The Scottish Terrier is a breed that is susceptible to skin problems. Some types also develop hip dysplasia. Although there aren’t many health problems associated with this breed, it is a good idea to have a veterinarian check it out.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Scottish Terrier will do fine whether it lives indoors or outdoors. However, it is more suitable for indoor environments. An outdoor is considered more suitable if


The Scottish Terrier has a high energy level. It needs daily exercise that is very physical. Those types that live indoors should have more opportunities for physical activity.

Life Expectancy

The Scottish Terrier has an average life expectancy of 12-14 years.

Litter Size

The Scottish Terrier has an average of 3-5 puppies.


Combing works best for the Scottish Terrier’s coat. This helps to pull through the fur so that it doesn’t become tangled or matted. This grooming should take place several times each week and more during shedding season. This breed only loses a minimal amount of fur when shedding. Bathing the breed is fine as long as it is not too often.






A coat of very light yellow is acceptable for the Scottish Terrier.

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