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