The Scottish Terrier, also known as the Aberdeen Terrier is a medium-sized terrier known for its distinctive profile. It is a short-legged, thickly-set terrier with a head that gives the impression of being long for the dog’s size. It features a deep foreface, an almost flat skull, a large nose, almond-shaped dark brown eyes set wide apart with prominent eyebrows that impart an intelligent expression and large, pointed, erect ears that are highly set on top of the head. The Scottish Terrier also has large teeth that form a regular scissor bite. The muscular neck is able to carry the long head effectively and with profound quality. The front legs are well boned and straight while the back legs are remarkably powerful although short in length. The legs provide effective support to the muscular body that features well rounded ribs, deep chest and short but straight and muscular back. The forefeet are slightly larger than the hind feet which makes the breed an excellent digger, but all are well padded which provides cushion to the ground especially when the dog is in motion. The tail of the Scottish Terrier is of moderate length that tapers towards a tip and carried upright or with a slight bend. The close-lying, weather-resistant double coat is made of harsh, dense and wiry top coat with a short, dense and soft undercoat. The coat comes in black, wheaten or brindle of any shade.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The origin of the Scottish Terrier is uncertain, although there is a lot to know regarding its history. There were times when all terriers in Scotland were called Scottish terriers which made it hard to trace the breed’s origin. Add to the confusion is the fact that all modern Scottish terrier breeds were once lumped with other similar breeds that came from the Isle of Skye and had a generic name of Skye terriers (not to be confused with the modern Skye terrier.) Whatever the origin may be, what is certain is that the Scottish terrier and the West Highland White Terrier are closely related to each other; both of their ancestors came from the Blackmount region of Pertshire and the Moor of Rannoch. The breed was originally developed to hunt and kill vermin on farms and badgers and foxes in the Highlands of Scotland and is known for going to ground after the prey. The first documented record about a dog similar to the Scottish terrier dates back to 1436 in a book written by Don Leslie. During the 1800s, many writers seemed to have a consensus regarding the existence of two varieties of terrier at that time in England – a rough-coated Scotch Terrier and a smooth-coated English Terrier. Moreover, the paintings of Sir Edwin Landseer and an 1835 lithograph both depict Scottish terrier-type dogs. The breed was first shown in the Birmingham (England) dog show of 1860 but was shown as a class under a group of terriers. It was in 1879 that the Scottish terrier was publicly shown as a distinct breed at the Alexander Palace in England. The breed standard was drafted by J.B. Morrison and D.J. Thomson Gray and appeared in Vero Shaw's “Illustrated Book of The Dog” and was published in 1880. Today, the Scottish terrier is still one of the most popular terriers and is the best known among the Highland terriers.
The Scottish Terrier is a very agile and active breed in spite of its short legs. It is a loyal and faithful subject, highly dignified, independent and somewhat reserved with strangers. It is very courageous, intelligent and barks only when necessary which makes it an excellent watchdog. The Scottish terrier is a playful breed with a rugged nature, although it has the tendency to be stubborn at times. This breed is an expert digger and can be quite aggressive with other dogs unless socialized at an early age. It has a strong prey drive and may chase and hunt other small house pets such as hamsters, rabbits and cats. The Scottish terrier is also known to have a variable behaviour and moods, getting moody and snappish as an adult.
Training calls for a firm, gentle handling, specifically from an early age to prevent the breed from developing unsocial behaviour such as dominance and stubbornness. Obedience training is required to be consistent but persuasive because the Scottish terrier is quite sensitive to correction.
The harsh wiry coat of the Scottish Terrier should be brushed regularly, paying extra attention when the breed is shedding its coat, but only sheds very little to no hair. It is also recommended that the dog be taken to a professional groomer twice a year.
The Scottish terrier is generally a healthy breed and has an average life expectancy between 12 to 15 years. Major health concerns include von Willebrand disease (vWD, a form of bleeding problem), and craniomandibular osteopathy (CMO, a bone disease that affects the mandible and skull.) Also rarely seen are:
This breed should be fed with a high carbohydrate and a low protein diet.
Although exercise requirement is low, this terrier will enjoy walks, play ball games and other similar physical activities. It is also recommended that this breed be kept on leash when taken for a walk in a public place. It is recommended for an apartment living as it is moderately active indoors and will do fine in a dwelling without a yard.
Somewhat aloof, it is in fact very loyal to its family and excellent with older children, but may prove too energetic for very young kids.