The Scottish Terrier originates from Scotland where they were developed in the 1700s. The breed was first called the Aberdeen Terrier, after the town of Aberdeen in Scotland.
Initially, the Scottish Terrier was one of the highland breeds of Terrier that were grouped under the name of Skye Terrier. It is one of the five breeds of terriers originating in Scotland, the other four being the modern Skye, Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, and West Highland White Terrier. They are an independent and rugged breed with a wiry outer coat and a soft dense undercoat. The Fourth Earl of Dumbarton, George, nicknamed the breed “the diehard.” The modern breed is said to be able to trace its lineage back to a single female, named Splinter II.
The Scottish Terrier is a sturdy little dog with short legs and the way they are groomed can make them look even shorter. The head is long in proportion to the rest of Scottie’s body. They have erect, pointy ears, muzzle which has a small stop, tapering slightly to the nose. The Scottie’s tail is a bit thicker in the beginning, covered with short hair and a bit curved. The front feet are bigger than the hind feet and round in shape.
Scotties come in black, wheat, or brindle. They sometimes can have a bit of white on the chest.
Scotties are a small breed of Terrier with a distinctive shape and have had many roles in popular culture. They have been owned by a variety of celebrities, including the 43rd President of the US George W. Bush, and are well known for being a playing piece in the board game Monopoly. Described as a territorial, feisty dog, they can make a good watchdog but tend to be very loyal to their family.
In health issues, Scottish Terriers can be more prone to bleeding disorders, joint disorders, autoimmune diseases, allergies, and cancer than some other breeds of dog and there is a condition named after the breed called Scotty cramp. They are also one of the more successful dog breeds at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with a recent best in show in 2010.