Are you the proud owner of a Scottish Terrier, or maybe considering adding one of these great dogs to your family? If so, congratulations, as these little bundles of energy make wonderful companions and pets. Below are a few facts to know about Scotties as they are commonly called.
Facts to know about Scotties
Standing eleven inches tall with a heavy bone structure the Scotty is lean in appearance and is commonly thought of as the original dog breed of the Terrier line of dogs. Bred to chase fox and badgers in Scotland, these little firebrands are quite loyal, very agile, and not afraid to stand up to larger dogs or animals. The typical Scottie weighs 18 to 24 pounds when fully grown and average lifespan falls in the twelve to fifteen year range.
Other facts to know about Scotties include they are not all one color. Brown, black, and tan are the usual colors and these will often vary in shade. Their fur requires a good brushing every couple of days, shedding is minimal, and most Scotties need a good trim every 2 to three months.
The Scottie is a very loving and playful dog who makes great house pets but due to their somewhat aggressive nature they are not suited for younger children. Not that they are mean to kids, they just need to know who is in charge so this boisterous instinct does not try to dominate children. Older adults and the elderly make the best owners for this breed of dog. They are quite comfortable in smaller apartments and homes, and should receive regular exercise to burn off all their boundless energy.
For those who are physically handicapped and not able to walk their Scottie, a fenced in backyard is plenty of room for the dog to get his daily amount of exercise. Scotties are able to keep themselves entertained with toys and simply keeping an eye on the activity taking place on the other side of their fenced in yard.
Caring for a Scottie is not complicated. They will need their normal shots and checkups at your local vet, but due to their hardy nature are not going to need constant expensive trips to the vet. The few medical issues most Scotties face are flea allergies, Scottie Cramp, Canine von Willibrand’s Disease, and intervertebral disc problems.
I hope these facts to know about Scotties will help you when making a decision to purchase one of these great dogs. You will not regret the addition of a Scottie to your family.
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