Scottish Terrier


The Scottish Terrier’s early history is confusing, at best, but it’s clear that the feisty, bearded “Scottie” was one of a rugged group of Terriers used to hunt vermin in the Highlands of Scotland. Like other Terriers, the Scottie is a fast, strong breed that excelled at pursuing prey. The Scottish Terrier has enjoyed great popularity over the years, with admirers such as King James VI and President Theodore Roosevelt, and President George W. Bush.


Small; 10 inches; females 18 to 21 pounds, males 19 to 22 pounds.


Steel or iron gray, brindled or grizzled, black, wheaten or sandy.


Spirited, alert, determined, ready for adventure. Loving and gentle with family (best with children over 5); friendly but reserved with strangers. Can be aggressive with other dogs. May dig or bark.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Active owner with training experience.


Daily exercise (moderate walk, vigorous game), leash, fenced yard, obedience training, regular brushing and shaping.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.