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Scottish Terrier


Illustration of Scottish Terrier

A popular short-legged dog from the Highlands, sturdy and low-slung. More often thought of as black, he can have a striking wheaten or brindle-coloured coat. His public image is often that of a dour Scot, but to his family and friends he is affectionate and cheerful. Happy to curl up in a favourite armchair, he will soon rouse himself at the slightest sound, when his dark eyes will glint with protectiveness as he prepares to guard his house and home.

The Scottish Terrier Club was formed by Capt. Gordon Murray in 1882, a year after the first standard for the breed was drawn up, and just three years after the breed as we know it today came into existence. Murray was strongly supported by the founder and first chairman of the Kennel Club, Mr Sewallis Evelyn Shirley.

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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