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The Scottish Terrier
Thick-set, of a suitable size to go to ground, short legged, alert in carriage and suggestive of great power and activity in small compass. Head gives impression of being long for size of dog. Very agile and active in spite of short legs.
Loyal and faithful. Dignified, independent and reserved, but courageous and highly intelligent.
Bold but never aggressive.
Head and Skull
Long without being out of proportion to size of dog. Length of skull enabling it to be fairly wide and yet retain narrow appearance. Skull nearly flat and cheek bones not protruding. Foreface strongly constructed and deep throughout. Skull and foreface of equal length. Slight but distinct stop between skull and foreface just in front of eye. Nose large and in profile, line from nose towards chin appears to slope backwards.
Almond-shaped, dark brown, fairly wide apart, set deeply under eyebrows with keen intelligent expression.
Neat, of fine texture, pointed, erect and set on top of skull but not too close together. Large, wide-based ears highly undesirable
Teeth large with perfect, regular scissor bite, i.e. Upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Muscular and of moderate length.
Head carried on muscular neck of moderate length showing quality, set into long sloping shoulder, brisket well in front of straight, well boned forelegs to straight pasterns. chest fairly broad and hung between forelegs which must not be out at the elbow nor placed under body.
Well rounded ribs flattening to a deep chest and carried well back. Back proportionally short and very muscular. Top line of body straight and level, loin muscular and deep, powerfully coupling ribs to hindquarters.
Remarkably powerful for size of dog. Big, wide buttocks, deep thighs and well bent stifles. Hocks short, strong, turning neither in nor out.
Good size, well padded, toes well arched and close knit, forefeet slightly larger than hind feet.
Moderate length giving general balance to dog, thick at root and tapering towards tip. Set on with upright carriage or slight bend.
Smooth and free, straight both back and front with drive from behind and level gait throughout.
Close lying, double coat; undercoat short, dense and soft; outer coat harsh, dense and wiry, together making a weather-resisting covering.
Black, wheaten or brindle of any shade
Height at withers 25-28cms (10-11ins); Weight 8.5 - 10.5kgs (19-23lbs).
Any departures from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
The kennel club & Swstc
Wheaten: TORCRAIG TASTE OF HONEY
Brindle: LOMONDVIEW TRUE GRIT
The most popular colour, black: BERRYBREEZE RECKLESS ERIC
Love the pictures, hope to see more here soon.
A must read for Scottish Terrier fans:
"Thy Servant a Dog and other dog stories" by Rudyard Kipling
Out of print now, but worth tracking down for the unbeatable portrayal of scottie character, and for the lovely illustrations. I think Kipling must have been a Scottish Terrier fancier himself!!
Thanks for your reply & comments Duboing. I posted the notes after seeing some Scotties last year and visiting a champion breeder.
Breed notes are coutesty of http://www.swstc.co.uk & http://www.berrybreeze.co.uk
Here are some puppy photos:
Well in that case, I will go on a little more about the Scots - I love 'em!
I was lucky enough to share 15 years of my life (as a young thing) with a Scottish Terrier, and have since been informed by experts that she was a classic example. Now, I think we terrier people would agree, that while we can pick about appearance, our dogs are all about the character. Well the Scottie is not to be outdone, they have character in abundance.
This is not a dog for the faint-hearted - they have nerves of steel themselves. They won't be seen to pick fights, but oddly, will always be at the centre of any that are going. We came up with the theory that ours whispered rude things to other dogs, provoking them into making the first move. I still have a scar on my hand, from jaws the size of a german shepherds, serving as a reminder not to try to pull apart two terriers while they're fighting.
Maggie was, without doubt, the cleverest dog I have ever met. Scotties plan ahead and, with great dedication to the cause, become the most acomplished of escapologists. Mostly they don't escape to do anything other than to show you they can. But Maggie had extra motivation. Being on a strict calorie controlled diet, she would find better offerings at the neighbours houses:
"Oh, that's Jock. He comes and eats our cats' food!"
"Look, it's Hamish. We feed him corned beef sandwiches."
Scotties "talk" to their families, whome they love with a fiery passion. It's hard to describe the series of wuffles and grunts to somebody who hasn't heard it. Maggie would skip with joy when we responded in the same language. No dog could be prouder, and yet no dog
could be more comical. And you wouldn't guess that such short legs could bear down so efficiently on a rat, but I've seen it done!
You might wonder from this gushing eulogy why I haven't stuck with the same breed, but I'm afraid of another Scottie being a painful reminder of the one I loved and lost.
Doggielover Great pictures . I share your love of Scotties, we had a Scottie when I was little called 'Ena', this is she, then we had Bonnie. They are very strong willed and determined like most terriers, also and very sweet
Thanks for your replies, it was nice reading both your stories I love Scotties as I think they are a beautiful dog in the show ring! Minihaha Bonnie & "Ena" sound lovely both sound like a proper little Scottie aswell as little Maggie I love that name Maggie:smt007!
Thanks for both your stories :smt041
I actually met the Waten one last year as a pup in the breeder's home who also owns Champion All shook up at Torcraig
I have a Scottie and a Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge; guess which one is the Guvnor
My wife wanted to get a small Toy dog, which I'm really not a fan of, so after some debate we decided on a Scottie, best move we made.
tandi is very independent, but also loving at the same time; though it's pretty much on her terms. Whilst my Dorset just loves being with us 24/7.
I had a scotty 5 years ago. Loved her to bits she was the biggest one in the litter. And I called her Misty.
She died at a young age of 9 her kidneys just suddlenly pack up.
She was larger than life and boy did she talk to you, and she always got in the last word when she was told off. Strong willed yes but loving totaly Fantastic dogs in little size I was the proudist person in the world when I took her for walks as they are such stunning dogs that they catch everyones eyes.
I do miss her so much even now.
I ended you with a scotty x westy his names max and he is scotty in every way expect he has longer legs'
Great pics i love scotties!! another few facts:-
President George W. Bush has owned two Scottish terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley.
Other famous people who are known to have owned Scotties include: Humphrey Bogart; Bette Davis; Julie Andrews; Liza Minnelli; E.B. White; Queen Victoria; Ronald Reagan; Theodore Roosevelt; Dorothy Lamour; Eva Braun and Shirley Temple among others
love the pictures! its lovely to see so many happy scotties! we have to lovely boys angus & dougie who are 2 very different but very funny characters that you cant help but love. Dougie is the very chunky grumpy old sargent major type whos very much in charge where as angus is the look at me everyone i'm a loud and proud scottie who you will give attention 2!
I forgot to add my husband & I are trying to find a uk breeder of wheaten scotties, have tried the kennel club and have our names on the waiting list for scottie rescue but if anyone can help would be extreamly greatful!