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Also known as: Aberdeen Terrier
Breed origin: Scotland
Original purpose: Hunt and kill vermin on farms.
AKC recognized: 1885
AKC group: Terrier
Weight: males 19 to 22 lbs;
females 18 to 21 lbs
Size: Height: around 10 inches
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Black, wheaten, or brindle of any color.
11 to 13 years.
The Scottish Terrier is gentle, spirited, strong, alert, playful, and loving. They are naturally diggers, and will chase small vermin. They are active and might become destructive if not give enough mental and physical exercise. They make great walking partners, but their short legs do not allow them to keep up with joggers. They are typically very vocal and territorial, and will park to announce visitors and passersby. Because of their show legs and heavy bodies, Scotties typically cannot swim, and many have drowned, although they have no fear of water and are likely to jump into a pool if given the opportunity. They are very devoted and loving with their family, but can be stubborn and challenging to obedience train.
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Easy to train?
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Good jogging partner?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
conformation, earthdog, agility
Daily walks and/or play sessons.
Brush regularly and clip every 7 weeks or so. Show dogs are typically hand stripped instead of clipped.
Known health problems:
Scottie cramp, patellar luxation, Cushing's syndrome, allergies, cancer, von Willebrand's disease, craniomandibular osteopathy, cerebellar abiotrophy.
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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Scottish Terrier Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Scottish Terrier Club of America Rescue