The Scottish Terrier is a sturdy little dog, who despite their diminutive stature make for excellent watch dogs. Although you may expect them to yap, they are rather powerful barkers. Friendly and playful as puppies, these dogs mature to become independent, bold, fearless, and hilariously dignified. Children need to be taught how to exhibit leadership over this breed or the dog will not be compliant with them. They are usually not recommended for homes with younger children simply because most owners do not display enough authority over them, and as a result the dog may take over the home. Watch your step for all the holes these guys will dig around the yard.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Scotties like to go for walks, not runs. Their short little legs will hardly be able to keep up with you, but they do love the casual stroll outdoors and need regular exercise. Definitely keep a leash on him at all times because they are natural hunters and will jolt off at the sighting of a bird. They like the water, yet they cannot swim very well, which is a dangerous combination. Never leave this one unattended near an uncovered pool. If your home does have a pool, this is a huge factor to take into consideration if you should welcome a Scottish Terrier into your home.
Common Health Issues
Scottie Cramp, Von Willebrand's Disease, Craniomandibular Osteopathy, Patellar Luxation.