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Scottish Terrier

General Description

Scottish terriers are often described as a big dog in a little dog's body. They are feisty, independent, and sometimes excitable. As adults, their behavior can become moody. Some Scotties take to only one person.

General Health

The Scottish Terrier can suffer from a number of genetic health problems. They include cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, neurological problems, brain cancer, bladder cancer, bladder stones, Cushing's disease, hypothyroidism, vonWillebrand's disease (a blood cloting disorder), hemophilia, and deafness.

Character and Temperament

Playful, Feisty, Independent, Alert, Quick, Self-assured

Exercise

One hour per day

Grooming

Regularly

Origin

It is certain, however, that Scotties and West Highland White Terriers are closely related—both their forefathers originated from the Blackmount region of Perthshire and the Moor of Rannoch. Scotties were originally bred to hunt and kill vermin on farms and to hunt badgers and foxes in the Highlands of Scotland.

Stats

Average Dog Size

11

Average Dog Weight

19-22

Average Bitch Size

10-11

Average Bitch Weight

18-21

Average Life Expectancy

12-15


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