Scottish Terrier

Terrier Group

Black and white Scottish Terriers sitting in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

~10 in

Weight

18-22 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Scottish Terrier originated in the Scottish Highlands, bred to rid farms of small vermin and to hunt badger and fox . Although experts are not sure exactly when they originated, it is believed that the Scottish Terrier is the oldest of the Highland terriers and possibly the oldest breed indigenous to Britain. King James VI played an important role in the Scottish Terrier's history, gifting six dogs to a French monarch and increasing their popularity with his fondness for them.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Scottish Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Great guard dogs with a loud alarm bark

Highly intelligent and are happiest with a job to perform

Bred to work independently of caretaker, so can be stubborn and difficult to train

In tune to the emotions of their family and easily adapts to changes

Have an intense prey drive and will not hesitate to storm through underground electric fences