The Scottish Terrier, often called the “Scottie,” is best recognized for its Distinctive profile and hard, wiry, weather-resistant outer coat in a black, brindle or wheaten, (Silver and Red are rare colors.) Its beard, eyebrows, legs and lower body furnishings are traditionally shaggy. Like many breeds in the Terrier Group, Scotties are small yet strong and known as fast, alert and playful dogs. Naturally a “digger” at heart, the Scottie was originally bred to hunt and kill vermin on farms.
Scotties were introduced to America in the 1890’s and continue to remain a common fixture in American households. Scotties thrive as house pets and are gentle, loving members of their families. Their spirited natures require obedience training, and they need regular exercise (on leash, as the chase instinct is strong). The Scottie coat requires regular brushing and clipping to maintain the characteristic breed outline.
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The Scottish Terrier is the only breed of dog that has lived in the White House four times with U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt Jr. owned two Scotties (Jessie, pictured below) and (Allen). President Franklin D. Roosevelt lived with four Scotties during his political career, (Duffy, Mr Duffy) and (Fala, pictured below) Eleanor’ Roosevelt‘s Scottie (Maggie). President Dwight D. Eisenhower had four Scotties (Skunkie, pictured below). President George W. Bush had two Scotties (Barney) and (Miss Beazly). “Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House. He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend.” It is with these words that President George W. Bush remembered his pal Barney when he died of lymphoma at age 12 in 2013. (First Lady Mrs. Barbara Bush is shown below in October 2004, with Miss Beazley. On Saturday, May 17, 2014, Miss Beazley died after a battle with cancer when she was nearly 10 years old.)
AUTHOR NOTE: Ronald Regan [when Married to Actress Jane Wyman, 1940-1948, did own two Scottie’s, (Scotch & Soda) but this was prior to being Governor of California 1967 to 1975, and prior to being elected 40th President of the United States January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989.]
President Dwight D. Eisenhower is shown with his additional Scotties, (Telek, and below with Caacie and Telek II.) The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Monument with Fala in Washington DC.
AUTHOR NOTE: The last image is a young Jacqueline Lee Bouvier (Kennedy Onassis), who 28 years before she was a First Lady, (1932) as a child had a Sottish Terrier (Hootchie.)
King James VI, known to adore the breed, is said to be responsible for the rise in popularity in Scotland during his reign. King James VI of Scotland loved the Scottish terrier, and his enthusiasm helped to popularize the breed during the 17th century, according to the book “Scottish Terriers.” The only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, James ruled from 1567 to 1625, inheriting the English throne in 1603. During his reign, he sent six Scottish terriers to France as a gift. King James VI Princes Victoria – Mac Princes Victoria – Laddie George, IV Earl of Dumbarton.
Scottish Terriers in Show History:
Heather Reveller (1930-1941) The dog that had the most sensational show record of any Scottish Terrier ever exhibited in America, according to the New York Times, won best in show multiple times. As a finalist at Westminster in 1932, Time Magazine said the dog was built like a midget plough horse. Heather Reveller was owned by mystery writer S.S. Van Dine (real name Willard H. Wright). Wright’s chauffeur would drive him out to Haworth, from Manhattan, to visit his Schraalenburgh Road kennels. Eventually Wright decided that breeding the country’s finest Scotties was too expensive and he switched to exotic fish.
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If you are considering purchasing a Scottish Terrier Puppy,
- Terrier Group; A.K.C. recognized in 1885.
- Ideal height is 10 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing from 18 to 22 pounds.
- Fox/vermin hunter.
The image of the Scottish Terrier long ago reached the status of icon, with legions of collectors combing eBay for decades-old collectibles with his distinctive silhouette. Dignified with his bearded face, harsh black coat and upright tail, The Scottish Terrier is one of the most recognizable of all dog breeds.
But like a Hollywood Star hassles by paparazzi, Scottie temperament is not to be taken lightly. Terrier fans see the bristling, on-his-toes way the Scottie meets the world and sigh, “Ah, yes, true terrier attitude!” The rest of us will probably make sure our ankles aren’t anywhere nearby.
A Scottish Terrier will do best with a single adult or couple, but he isn’t the best choice for families with small children. The Scottie has strong feelings about how things should be, and loud, unpredictable children don’t fit into his master plan. Neither do cats or other small, furry creatures, and it’s not unusual for him to feel less than accepting of other dogs, too. The trade-off, of course, is that you’ll get all his/her attention.
The Scottish Terrier is not an easy dog to train, (the under statement of the year), but he does like a challenge, so a canine sport like agility might be a great chance for you to develop your relationship, engage his mind and tire him out, all at the same time. A Scottie is also eligible to compete in A.K.C. Earthdog trials, which might channel his insatiable need to dig and tunnel into an acceptable outlet — and save your flowerbeds.
He’s a fairly high maintenance pet, despite weighing less than 20 pounds. The Scottie’s coat needs regular brushing and combing to work out dead hair, and should be clipped or professionally groomed every month or so. (The look of a show Scottie is even harder to get, accomplished through the difficult skill of “hand-stripping” — pulling out the dead hairs a little at a time.)
All the seeming negatives aside, Scottish Terriers are very devoted to their human families, so don’t even think of trying to make him live in the backyard. He’ll bark, dig and suffer — and that won’t be good for either one of you.
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