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Breed Spotlight: Scottish Terrier

The Scottish Terrier is an alert-looking pooch with a "heads-up, tails-up" attitude – the pointy ears and long muzzle make this one of the most recognizable doggie silhouettes around. Even though when I think of these pups I recall the black ones, they are also allowable in wheaten or brindle of any color. Scotties are small dogs usually weighing around 20 pounds – but what they lack in size, they certainly make up in spirit! According to the AKC breed standard, these trademark terrier characteristics are joined with a very special "varminty" expression. What the heck is varminty? Find out when you


This word is commonly used in the dog world to describe a piercing expression that should also be very bright and keen – unsurprisingly, many terrier breeds should have these feisty characteristics. Very popular with US presidents, my research has dug up that several former presidents have owned these dogs, including Eisenhower, Reagan, and both Roosevelts! Oh, and don't forget these two cutie pies – they may look familiar as it's our current "First Dog" Barney meeting Miss Beazley when she joined the Bush family at the White House in 2005.


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akrsouth akrsouth 9 years
There is no better breed! I just got a wheaten, but love the all blacks.
jdscottie jdscottie 9 years
I can't believe I missed this on Wednesday. I absolutely love scotties. I hope to have one very soon.
tulipsaki tulipsaki 9 years
Love terriers. Aboslutely love them. Even the schnauzers!
anoz anoz 9 years
Awwww the little puppy is adorable!
ellenmarie ellenmarie 9 years
I love Scotties! I have a Westie right now and want to get a Scottie so I have a black one and a white one!
Desirella Desirella 9 years
I Love Scotties! This would be the breed of dog I would seriously consider if I were to have a smaller dog(I have a giant of one at the moment!) I used to doggysit for two scotties, Tristan and Calvin. They were certainly very smart and full of personality but also very sweet.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Scotties always remind me of preppy clothing and knit sweaters.
VennieB VennieB 9 years family is a scottie family! My grandfather has 2, my aunts each have 1, and my sister had 1 when we were little... Love them. Super feisty!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I had a teacher that had these guys. This is the only breed she gets and like everything she owns is covered in scotty dogs. They will always remind me of Mrs. Brown!!!
Gatito Gatito 9 years
I have two Scotties (Hugo Boss & Tigger) and I love, love, love them. If you are interested in getting a Scottie of your own, I suggest have either prior terrier experience or do your homework on the breed. They are very smart and can be quite stubborn and headstrong. They will rule the household if you let them. I'm also an advocate of adoption and my favorite Scottie rescue & adoption agency is Scottie Kingdom (
ALSW ALSW 9 years
These dogs are so gorgeous! I remember reading the Angus books with a Scottish terrier when I was younger. Now, my dad wants to get one and name it MacDuff!
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