Breed Information Centre

Scottish Terrier


Illustration of Scottish Terrier

Like the other native Scottish breeds with which it shares its origins, the Scottish terrier was bred to go to ground after fox and badger and other vermin. In its early days it was known as the Aberdeen terrier because of its proliferation in the area – and as its popularity spread, it acquired the title of Scottish terrier in 1879, bestowed by Captain Gordon Murray who developed a careful breeding programme to establish type. In 1882 the first breed club was formed and the standard drawn up. The Scottie, as it is affectionately known is remarkably substantial and well boned for its size, its short back, strong neck and long head with small pricked ears give it an unmistakable outline – a “multum in parvo” breed and with great character – independent to the point of stubbornness.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.

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