Scottish terrier puppy and dog information
The Scottish Terrier tends to be a one person or several person dog. They prefer cooler climates and moderate exercise. Daily long walks or a properly fenced in yard will accommodate their exercise needs. They are known to be diggers and they will wander off, given a chance, so be sure she is kept secure. They need to be extensively socialized with other pets and older children. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.
*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Scottish Terrier is 10 to 11 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 19 to 23 pounds.
*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Scottish Terrier is no exception. Be on the look out for Scottie Cramp, Von Willebrands disease (a problem with blood clotting), skin allergies, Craniomandibular Ossteopathy and bladder and kidney stones. This breed is known to be difficult welpers. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.
She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.
*Grooming. The Scottish Terrier has a harsh, wiry coat with a dense, soft undercoat. They need to be professionally groomed several times a year.
Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.
*Life Span. The Scottish Terrier can live between 12 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
*History. The Scottish Terrier comes from Scotland where they were used to kill vermin.They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1885.
Some Registries: *Scottish Terrier Club of America *UKC United Kennel Club *NKC National Kennel Club *CKC Continental Kennel Club *APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc. *AKC American Kennel Club *FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale *NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club *KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain *ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club *ACR = American Canine Registry
Litter Size: 3 to 5 Scottish Terrier puppies
Terms To Describe: Small, compact, confident, bold, dignified, powerful, brave, alert, protective, lovable, stubborn
*SPECIAL GOOD POINTS Makes a very good watch dog. Intelligent dog. Sheds very little.
*SPECIAL BAD POINTS They love to dig. Can be very stubborn. Can be a one person dog. Can bark excessively. Makes a poor guard dog. May wander off.
*Other Names Known By: Aberdeen Terrier
*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.