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    Scottish Terrier |Scotland|

    Scottish Terrier |Scotland|

    Also known as the “Scottie,” or “Diehard” on account of its tenacious character, the Scottish Terrier is a distinguished and rather glamorous member of the Terrier family. This has been a relatively recent transition since the historic Scottie was bred as a working, hunting terrier and was different in appearance to today’s breed. Scotties retain their innate hunting instinct and are determined and single minded. They are totally fearless and always ready for action, be it a game or a hunt. They can be aggressive to other dogs but are devoted, loyal, and affectionate to their families.

    History

    Scotties were bred in the Scottish Highlands and used by gamekeepers for hunting and ridding large estates of foxes, badgers, stoats, otters, rats, and any other vermin that crossed their paths. The modern history of the breed traces to nineteenth-century Aberdeen, where there was a population of specific terriers, the Aberdeen Terriers. Early breeder Captain Mackie took his Aberdeen Terriers south to England in the 1870s, where he bred them to type. This coincided with the formation of the Kennel Club in 1873 and a debate over what constituted a “Scottish Terrier.” A standard was drawn up in 1880, with Mackie’s terriers, now called Scottish Terriers, winning many shows—one champion, Dundee, was recognized as one of the foundation dogs of the breed. There have been many revisions to the Scottie standard through the last century on both sides of the Atlantic.

    Scotties are extremely independent and can be difficult to train. Start puppies young, and keep a good sense of humor at all times!

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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