SCOTTISH TERRIER DOG

The Scottish Terrier ultimate feel for many admirers: it has been at the feet of Scottish Kings, American Presidents and many Best in Show judges. This beauty is the champion Gaelforce Post Script, winner of the Best in Show, Westminster edition, 1995. 
Very compact and muscular, the Scottish is a Terrier with abundant hair with a weigh between 9.5 and 11 kg (the female half a kilo less), solid in appearance and powerful for its small size. The skull is long and medium width with a black nose with a good size, the square and leveled jaws, and correct dentition with a scissor or clamp bite. The ears should be small and raised, inserted high at the head, pointy, with short velvety hair. The eyes are quite separated, almond shaped, with an acute and intelligent expression. The neck is muscular and with a moderate length; the shoulders long and sloping. The chest is wide and deep, well sloping between the forelegs. The body is moderately short, with well arched ribs, strong kidneys, deep flanks and well muscled hindquarters. The hindquarters, well angled, are powerful for the size of the dog. Thick and wide buttocks; straight tarsus; straight forequarters or slightly curved, the elbows never open. Round and thick feet, well arched and tight feet. The short limbs and chest depth give the Scottish a peculiar movement in which forelegs slope slightly inwards. The tail is carried vertically or in a slight curve. It is never docked. The double coat, internal short fur, dense and soft; external hard fur, dense and wiry in texture. In color, the Scottish is black, wheat (sand) or any brindle color. The ACK admits small white spots at the chest.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
A gratifying finding for an intelligent owner, the character is balanced, the Scottish Terrier doesn’t have fun without reason, and don’t entertain your heart without a long term commitment. 
Those who love the Scottish tell is that one doesn’t fall in love with it at first sight, but that spending time with it convinces anyone. The Scottish thinks it is a large dog, with all its boldness and bravery. It is independent and for it is difficult to train in obedience, and often slow to learn to be clean at home. The Scottish tends to be a very inflexible, sober lad that knows life is serious and should be taken with dignity. It is adaptable and enthusiast for work; sensitive to awards and scolding; it enjoys polite children; and prefers attention dosed to its whim.
 
DEVELOPMENT             
If you wish to attend shows with your Scottish Terrier, seek a large head, long back, fluid movement and adecquate character in this little decided Terrier. Own. Lois Miller and Jane Robinson.
The weight at birth is 170 to 225 g. The puppies are born black, brindle and wheat. The color will begin lightening after a few weeks, in which moment it will be better determined. The AKC admits white spots at the chin and the chest, and supposing they are not too large, they usually diminish when growing. The future owner should chose a head with a large head (naturally, in proportion to the body), the back is long, solid structure and good movement. The eyes should be clean and dark, never round, and the tail without doubles. The growth usually never has complications, although the structure is subject to change. The forelegs can lose their straightness, and the eyes can lighten after six months, for example. The maximum height is reached around the year, complete maturity later. Hair care can begin early and increase during the hair change to the adult coat. The “plucking” is usually performed every two or three months, according to coat growth.
 
HEALTH
The Scottish Terrier cramp is no joke and can affect the game time and foot ovations. Own. Jack and Margaret Banker.
The Scottish is a small and tough dog, very disease resistant, and very tolerant to pain. It is an animal that enjoys life and usually displays fortitude and delight. The owner should be careful of not overfeeding it, since an excess weight can lead to back problems. Climbing the stairs and similar activities should be limited during the first year and old age. Several hereditary diseases affect the breed, including Von Willenbrand (a blood plaquette anomaly) and craniomandibular osteopathy (an unusual anomaly that affects the jaws). Both are rare. A hyperkinetic anomaly, specific to the breed, known as “Scottish spasm” which is thought to be a recessive trait in the breed. It is manifested with intermittent spasm with rigidity in some of the limbs musculature, the back and the tail. There is a treatment. Symptoms can already appear after six weeks. Thyroid problems, ear hematomas and allergies are more frequent and treatable. Achondroplasia, deafness and retinal luxation also occurs sometimes. Kidney disease and several types of carcinoma are the dog’s largest evil. Longevity is over 12 years, although some live further. Hair care includes professional “stripping”.