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.
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.
Playful, Feisty, Independent, Alert, Quick, Self-assured
One hour per day
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.
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