10-11” (25.5-28 cm) 18-22 lb. (8-10 kg) Hard, wiry outer coat in black, grey, brindle, or wheaten.
Feisty, small dogs like the Scottish Terrier have helped Scottish highlanders root out prey for centuries. Early writings reference “earth dogs” who likely descended from the Scottish Terrier. The “Scottie” shares bloodlines with the Cairn Terrier and West Highland White Terrier, but his exact origin remains unknown. In the late 1870s, the Scottish Terrier traveled outside his native Scotland. Soon the little powerhouse was killing badgers and vermin on English farms. A decade later, breed criterion was established and the Scottish Terrier gained popularity for his distinguished looks and loyal companionship. In the U.S., President Roosevelt’s dog “Fala” captured public attention throughout the Depression and WWII.
The Scottish Terrier’s nickname, “Diehard”, captures the breed’s courage and tenacity. The scrappy nature that served him well in the past is best tempered in the present day, notably when he is with other dogs. He is independent, so establishing boundaries early is prudent. “The Scottie” is bright and willing to please so fair and positive training ensures good behaviour.