Scottish Terrier Personality traits and Temperament

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The AKC Standard says, "The Scottish Terrier's bold, confident, dignified aspect exemplifies power in a small package... a determined and thoughtful dog whose 'heads up, tails up' attitude in the ring should convey both fire and control."
Scottie’s are very regal dogs that are known for their extreme devotion to their owners. They are known to be sensitive to the owner’s moods. They love spending time with their owners and enjoy nothing more than the attention showered on them by the owners. They need moderate exercise and enjoy playing in the yard. They are very independent dogs and can be very stubborn at times.
If you want a dog who...
  • Is a "big dog with short legs" i.e. built low to the ground, but with a robust body, heavy bone, and a strong temperament
  • Is bold and jaunty, yet also calmer and more dignified than most other terriers
  • Needs only moderate exercise
  • Makes a determined watchdog with a surprisingly deep bark
These are high maintenance breeds and needs a lot of work to maintain their appearance. They need to be groomed daily with a stiff brush. The beard must be trimmed to give them their distinctive appearance. Their skin can dry out fast so frequent bathing must be avoided. Stripping must be done at least once a year.
Brush your Scottie’s teeth at least two or three times a week to remove tartar buildup.
Trimming of nails should be done at least once a month.
The Scottie has an independent mind, but with the right motivation he learns well. Train him with loving firmness and positive reinforcement in the form of praise and treats and you will earn his confidence and respect. Harsh punishments will definitely backfire with this strong minded dog. Socialization is important with this breed to counter their somewhat suspicious nature. Can be trained for agility

If you don't want to deal with...

  • One of the most self-willed and independent of the terriers
  • Suspiciousness/sharpness toward strangers in some lines, or when not socialized enough
  • Aggression toward other animals -- chasing instincts
  • Regular brushing/clipping/trimming

How to adopt this dog

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