a Scottish Terrier sitting looking towards the camera

Scottish Terrier (Scottie)

Everything you need to know about Scottish Terriers

Size
Small
Life Expectancy
typically 12+ years
Shedding
Medium length with moderate shedding

Scottish Terriers, also known as Scotties, are moderately active dogs. They have a sturdy build, a dense coat and a distinctive beard. There are lots of standard Scottish Terrier colours including wheaten, black and brindle.

There’s lots of doggy behaviour that comes naturally to all breeds of dog, including Scottish Terriers, from digging and chasing to searching and retrieving.

Thinking about giving a Scottish Terrier a forever home? Here are some Scottish Terrier facts that might help you decide.

Caring for Scottish Terriers

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Scottish Terrier.

Health issues

Before you give any dog a home, it’s important to know about possible health issues. Not every dog will suffer them but it’s good to be prepared.

To find out more about potential health issues for Scottish Terri...

How much food does a Scottish Terrier need?

The amount of food a Scottie needs depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

You can use the information on dog food packets as a guide, taking y...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does a Scottish Terrier need?

Scottish Terriers are usually moderately active dogs who need regular exercise and stimulation to keep them physically and mentally healthy.

They'll need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explo...

How much grooming does a Scottish Terrier need?

Due to their very dense and wiry fur, Scotties need daily combing. They are also likely to need professional grooming every 8–12 weeks.

To help your dog feel comfortable with handling and grooming, introduce it ...

What size crate do you need for a Scottish Terrier?

When inside their crate, your dog should have plenty of space to:

  • sit and stand up at their full height
  • turn around without touching the sides
  • lie down fully stretched out
  • comfortabl...

Scottie behaviour and training

Even if you think you know about Scottish Terriers, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality.

What’s the temperament of a Scottish Terrier?

Just like you, every dog is an individual with their own unique personality and prior experiences. So, every Scottish Terrier temperament is different.

As dogs grow from puppies, they learn all about the world. ...

Are Scotties easy to train?

You can teach any breed of dog new tricks! It’s all about positive learning. Find out what your dog loves so you can use this to reward them after a success. Whether it’s small food treats, toys or lots of praise, tra...

Are Scottish Terriers good with children?

Every dog has their own unique personality that has been shaped by their own experiences of the world. They’ll have their own likes and dislikes and will respond to situations in different ways. However, there are som...

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