About the breed

The Scottish Terrier is a short-legged terrier from the Highlands.
It is generally known as an image of a dour Scotsman.

It is an old breed and originally designed for the purpose of rooting
small pest animals such as badgers, foxes and rats out of their burrows
and thus keeping their ever-growing numbers lower.

The Scottish Terrier is a short-legged, alert in carriage and
suggestive of great power and activity in small compass.
The head gives impression of being long for the size of the dog.
This breed is very agile and active in spite of of short legs.

The Scottish Terrier is very suitable also for a family with children,
in town as well as in the countryside.
It's good to teach your Scottie to wear a life jacket
whenever being by or on the lake or sea, though.

It is not especially tricky to train a Scottie,
but you need to be very purposeful and goal-directed.
A Scottie can be very stubborn when feeling like it,
but that's one of the characteristics of a real Scottish Terrier.

The Scottish Terrier is a relatively healthy breed and
normally lives to the age of 10 to 12 years.
If you consider breeding from your Scottie,
it is recommended to have them tested for eyes and knees.

The coat of the Scottish Terrier is a double coat, consisting of
short, dense and soft undercoat and harsh, dense and wiry overcoat.

The Scottie is a breed which needs regular trimming and hand stripping.
It's is advisable to take your Scottie to a professional groomer at intervals of
8 to 10 weeks to keep it as a stylish representative of the breed.
At home the coat is brushed and combed at least once a week.
The hems and paws are washed and blow-dried at intervals of two to four weeks,
if necessary, and the coat on the back at longer intervals.

In colour, the Scottish Terrier black, wheaten or brindle of any shade.

The Scottish Terrier is not only a companion or a show dog but can be taken along
in many hobbies, some of which are shown below. The dog in the photos is
C.I.B Nord & Fi & Se & NO & Ee & Ru Ch HeJW-12 FiJW-12 Sirkiss Sparkling Gold,
owned and handled by Nina Maalahti.

Dog shows




Tracking test


(dog related hobby which combines training and having fun with your dog)



Photo J. Pyykkö


Photo J. Pyykkö