Scottish Terrier
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Scottish Terrier

FCI Group

The Scottish Terrier belongs to the Terriers in the FCI grouping.

AKC Group

The Scottish Terrier is classified under the Terrier group in the AKC grouping.

Is the Scottish Terrier allowed as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



Scottish Highlands, 1800s; closely related to the Cairn Terrier and West Highland White Terrier.

Original Purpose

Hunting rodents, foxes.

Behaviour and Temperament

Alert, inquisitive, fearless, assured, sophisticated, bold.

Breed Characteristics

Lots of stamina, agile, active. Superior watchdog; territorial. Some members of this breed can be aggressive, an unacceptable trait that good breeders are trying successfully to eliminate. Cannot abide heat. Some individuals are barkers. Needs an experienced owner.

What are some Physical Features of the Scottish Terrier?

25.5cm; 8 to 10kg. This breed comes in a mix of colours, including wheaten, steel, and brindle, not just the commonly seen black.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Harsh, wiry, long, weatherproof. High maintenance required; brushing three times a week. Professional grooming is recommended at least four times a year; clipping for pets and stripping for show dogs. Light shedding.

Life Expectancy

12 to 15 years.

The Oldest Scottish Terrier in the Community

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Health Concerns

Bladder cancer, CMO, von Willebrand’s, allergies, hypothyroidism.


High; they need a considerable amount.


Adaptable to any living situation.


Bonds strongly to one person. Not good with young children, all right with respectful school-aged kids. Aloof with strangers. Usually all right with dogs of opposite sex if socialised early.


Low; needs early obedience training; difficult to train; many will challenge their owners for dominance.

Recommended Activities

Earthdog trials.

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