Scottish Terrier Breed Origins and Caracteristics

This ancient terrier breed comes from the North of Scotland or the Orcades. Some experts thought that these dogs already lived in the times of the Roman invasions, but they were bigger and had shorter jaws. Similar dogs are found in pictures of the 16th century. The Scottish Terrier got its current aspect 300 years later. In 1879, the dogs of this type were presented in an exhibition, but their jaws and skeleton were less robust and the front legs were not straight at all. These defects were eliminated quickly, so that the first standard could fix in 1883. In this time the English Scottish Terrier Club.

In diverse times, the Scottish Terrier has been a dog in fashion, especially in the period between wars. It is above all a pet dog despite its qualities as a hunter. According to some people, the thick and deep chest that the standard prescribes it is not adequate for a dog that works in narrow burrows of foxes and badgers.

The Scottish terrier is happy by nature, it is vigilant and a little stubborn, but it is nice with children. Despite its short legs, it is agile and its movements are light and proportionate.

Size: 25-28 cm. Weight: 6-10 g. Colors: dark black (1), gray or auburn, straw-colored (2) but without patches.

The hair is dense, thick with a lower layer of soft and hard hair. The hair maintenance is difficult, it should be cut in many places in order to highlight characteristics prescribed by the standard (3), in other words, the deep chest, angular legs, etc.

The hair on the neck, front legs and tail must be cut, and most part of the body of the terrier as well; in the rear part of the legs, the hair has to be kept always relatively long. A very hairy abdomen highlights the compact silhouette. In the black and dark straw-colored Scottish terriers, the hair is trimmed in the lower part of the neck, on the forehead, cheeks and under the tail. In the light straw-colored or wheaten specimens the hair on the face should be cut according to the intensity of the color (the hair underneath is not so light) and the forehead is also clipped. The transition between the straight forehead and the thick mane between the ears and the upper part of the neck must be subtle.

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