Scottish Terrier

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The Scottie is one of the oldest known terriers and he has one of the most well known profiles. References to a small rough coated dog that went down holes in the area now known as Scotland can be found in early Roman literature. This breed must be considered indigenous to the British Isles. His original purpose was to hunt vermin and to follow them into their burrows and either kill them or expel them so that their masters could kill them. Because of this history, Scotties have developed into hardy, fearless dogs who seldom show pain. They also may have a tendency to dig. They are a thinking dog, with an inate sense of justice, an independent spirit and a loyalty that must be earned through respect. They are very adaptable and find a niche in the family they come to live with. Scottie owners are normally lifetime owners, as once one has been owned by a Scottie it becomes very hard to live without one. He is not normally recommended for toddlers and babies but is a wonderful companion to older children and adults.He is a compact, substantial dog often described as a big dog in a small package. He is completely unaware of his small stature. He stands 10 inches at the shoulder, weighs about 20lbs, his head is long for the size of the dog. He has a hard, wiry coat that does not shed and needs to be stripped or clipped.The Scottie has been owned by many famous people, the most famous being President Roosevelt's "Fala" and more recently, President Bush's "Barney". At one time he was one of the most popular breeds.AVERAGE LITTER SIZE:6 puppies

Country of origin: 
Scotland
Trivia: 
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish Terrier "Fala" reportedly received more fan mail than many presidents did.ÿ <a href="http://www.akc.org/">(Credit: AKC.org)</a>
Information supplied by: 

Darle Heck - www.beinnein.com.