Scottish Terrier

All about Scottie dogs? (Scottish/Aberdeen Terrier)?

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Question by Alicat 42: All about Scottie dogs? (Scottish/Aberdeen Terrier)?
I want to adopt a dog, not for a while now, but I’m doing my research.

I want to know all about scotties, BUT NOT any wikipedia copy & paste crap. I can do that on my own, thank you very much.

Energy levels

Personalities (I know all dogs have their own personalities but some breeds can be prone to have particular personalities EG Jack Russles tend to be tennacios)


Health (Certain breeds can be prone to certain health issues, what tends to be the health concerns for scotties?)

Owners opinions, breeders opinions, and any other information you can offer. Just not copy paste from google or yahoo or ask jeeves or wikipedia or other search engines. Thanks.
I dont want copy and paste info because I can get it myself!!!

I want what people have to say via experience!

I dont care what the encylopedia says lol the encyclopedia doesn’t own a dog!

Best answer:

Answer by Pixie
If we don’t copy and paste selected things HOW are we going to answer your questions? and How are you going to learn?

The Scottie is brave, alert, proud, confident, loyal and dignified. While friendly and playful as puppies, the mature Scottish Terrier is quite independent and self reliant and can even be quite crusty and stubborn at times. Therefore it is important to start socializing and obedience training the Scottie while it is a puppy and continue through adolescence. Training will be difficult and you will never achieve instant obedience but you can get a reluctant obedience to most commands. Scotties love to play, so make sure you add play and rewards to your training. Scotties seem to think they are large dogs and can be quite feisty toward other dogs, no matter how large. The Scottish Terrier does best with older children. Scotties are aloof from everyone except their immediate family and are not friendly towards strangers. Scotties make good watchdogs. Scottish Terriers do best with experienced owners who have the patience to gently train and bring out the best in this proud breed.

Scotties are sporty small dogs that love to play ball games. They also really enjoy taking their owners for long walks. Scottish Terriers make good apartment dogs and are relatively calm and quiet indoors.

Show dogs need a fair amount of professional grooming including regular plucking and hand stripping of the coat. Scotties coats are kept long for the show ring. Companion dogs can be clipped twice per year to reduce the amount of grooming. The Scottie’s coat should be combed and brushed three times per week with special attention being paid to the whiskers and bottom. Strip and hand pluck the dead hair in the coat and bathe this breed about every 3 months.

Health Considerations:
The Scottie can be expected to live for 12 to 14 years. The most common genetic disease is a mild bleeding disorder called von Willebrands disease. Other common disorders include: eye diseases such as cataracts and lens luxation; atopy (which is an allergy like hay fever); Cystinuria (which involves stones in the urine); pulmonic stenosis heart disease; Craniomandibular osteopathy or Scottie jaw (which is abnormal jaw bone growth), Scottie cramp (leg spasms which don’t seem to hurt the dog); and dental problems. Scottie buyers should insist on seeing the breeding parents Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) test results for von Willebrands disease and Scottie jaw and also the Canine Eye Registry (CERF) recent ophthalmologists report for eye disorders.

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2 Responses to “All about Scottie dogs? (Scottish/Aberdeen Terrier)?”

  1. nlgordaz on

    You’ll want to contact breeders cause they know the most about the dogs:

  2. Patrick on

    Scotties are actually quite active dogs. They aren’t hyper, by any means. They were bred as hunting dogs (specifically badgers), so they will go and go and go.

    Scotties are typically one- or two-person dogs. In general, they tend not to tolerate young kids very well – mine won’t even tolerate puppies.

    They are not followers. They very much have a mind of their own and are very independent. One of the great things is that when I’m busy with something and can’t necessarily stop to play, he has no problem going off to find himself something to keep himself busy. So don’t expect them to follow orders blindly — there’s got to be something in it for them.

    They are very smart, very intelligent dogs. And they can be quite stubborn at times. They view themselves as your equal. If you sit on the sofa, they will expect (if not insist) that they do too. And when they don’t get their way, they can get moody.

    They do require a good grooming regime. They’ve got two coats of fur — the wirey outer coat and the soft undercoat. The undercoat needs constant attention or it gets matted badly. The outer coat will keep all the dead undercoat in too, so it needs a good brushing, usually about three times a week. They also shouldn’t be wet-bathed very often because it strips the oils from their coat. I wet-bathe my scottie about once every other month.

    The scotties are a very powerful dog. They might look small, but they are built. And they have a very powerful bite. I had to quit giving mine any sort of rawhide because he’d cut through it like it was paper. Terriers, in general, can be nippy dogs, but mine isn’t, so that’s not always the case.

    The only real health “issue” is actually pretty minor. Scotties are prone to cramps, more as they get older. It’s not thought to be painful at all, so it’s not really treated in any way. Mine does get leg cramps from time to time, but they are very brief. My scottie also has a very sensative stomach, which is not uncommon. So I have to watch very carefully what he eats. Aside from that, there’s not a whole lot to watch for.

    Hope I helped a little.