All About Scottish Terriers
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The Scottish Terrier is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 10 inches.
Weight: 19 to 22 pounds.
Females – Height: 10 inches.
Weight: 18 to 21 pounds.
Scottish Terriers are commonly black, brindle, silver, wheaten and red.
If Scottish Terriers could talk, they’d probably sounded like Bruce Willis in Die Hard. Tough, scrappy, determined and always up for an adventure, they are actually nicknamed “Diehards” because of their hard-charging nature. But despite their spirited temperament, they are also loving, devoted pets.
Scottish Terriers crave action, and they are happiest when they get a little bit every day. They enjoy games and exploring new places, though they’re also content going on walks with their owners. This breed does best in a house with a yard where it can venture whenever it needs to stretch.
- Scottish Terriers have broken coats: hard and wiry on the outside, dense and soft underneath.
- They are a moderate-maintenance breed, requiring a combing two or three times per week, as well as regular professional grooming sessions four times per year.
- They have shaggy beards and eyebrows, and their bodies are heavily boned.
11 to 13 years
The most common health concerns for Scottish Terriers include craniomandibular osteopathy and Von Willebrand Disease. Scotty cramp and intervertebral disc disease are less common but still occur within the breed.
Scottish Terriers have a low tolerance for hot climates and a medium tolerance for cold climates.
These feisty dogs make good family pets, though they do have a tendency to bark, which can frighten very young children. Scottish Terriers can be aggressive toward other dogs and household pets.
- Scottish Terriers are sometimes called Aberdeen Terriers because they are native to that area of Scotland.
- They are the only dogs to live in the White House three times. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Dwight Eisenhower and President George W. Bush all had Scottish Terriers.
- Fala, Roosevelt’s dog, was buried alongside the president following his death.