All dogs shed, but the wire-coated terriers, which includes the Scotties, grow hair differently than many dogs, so they shed less than the short haired breeds.Are they good with children?
Yes, if the child is old enough to respect the dog's body, and to understand that the dog has feelings, too. Scotties will generally try to hide from an abusive child, but will bite if cornered, or pushed hard. For this reason, they are not generally recommended for families with very small children.Does this breed require lots of grooming?
In a word, yes! They require regular brushing, and trimming four to six times a year. Regular bathing is NOT recommended, however, as the skin dries out too easily. Show dogs are stripped, the hair being pulled out when long and dead, or blown, but pets should be clipped, as stripping is time-consuming and expensive at a groomers'. The regular things such as tooth brushing, nail clipping, and anal gland care are easily done at home, and clipping isn't hard, either, if one wants to invest in the clippers. Related to skin care is the flea question. I wage nuclear war on fleas, as the breed is relatively sensitive to them. A Scot can chew itself almost bald in next to no time, trying to get one flea!What about exercise requirements?
The Scot is actually an active breed, and can become destructive if not given enough mental and physical stimulation. The short legs do mean less walking for the human partner to get the dog its daily requirements ;-). Seriously, this is not a good jogging or marathon partner, but an ideal walking companion. ON LEASH, please, as the hunting instincts can draw the dog after a rabbit, into the path of a car. The Scot is tough for it's size, but not that tough!Are Scotties noisy?
They can be, but this varies alot within the breed. They are territorial, and will announce visitors repeatedly and loudly. Human visitors they know are welcome, but animal visitors, invited or not, are repulsed with serious fury! One cannot consider the Scot a serious protection breed, but they will inflict damage to even the most threatening person, if they feel their owner is in danger. The teeth are bigger than you would suppose.What sex makes the best pet?
Most of the people who contact me assume that a female pup will make the best pet. Since both sexes will be neutered, the former reasons for this being the case no longer apply. In general, I feel that the male pup makes a better pet for most people. Bitches I have owned tend to be more reserved with strangers, while the male dogs I have owned, bred or rescued have been more outgoing and happy-go-lucky. From my experience, I recommend the male as the "better pet", although there will be other opinions among other fanciers and breeders.Do they make good obedience dogs?
If you are looking for a High-In-Trial, no. A challenge, yes. The Scot is one of the breeds bred to work independent of human direction. If the dog is nose to nose with a badger, it cannot take the time to come out and ask "may I attack now, please, or would you prefer me to wait?" Thus, obediance as a formal task is rather foreign to the breed. Some Scots obtain advanced degrees, but the majority are not tempermentally suited to it. HOWEVER, all dogs should learn basic good manners and certain general behaviors, such as coming when called. Puppy Kindergarten Training is wonderful socialization for a young Scot to learn, to avoid dog-aggressiveness later in life.Are the blonde ones Scotties, too?
This is definitely the most asked question to anyone with a wheaten Scot. There are many different colors acceptable in the breed; black, shades of brindle, and wheaten being the major classes of color. Wheaten ranges from a pale golden to a deep red. White, however, is not an acceptable shade of wheaten, nor is it in the standard as an approved color.
Because of copyright concerns over the collection of all the Standards at any single site storing all the faqs, AKC Standards are not typically included in the Breed faqs. The reader is referred to the publications at the end of this document or to the National Breed Club for a copy of the Standard.
After several years of work, with funding from the Scottish Terrier Club of Michigan, AKC, Morris Animal Foundation, and others, a team at the Michigan State University has developed a definitive genetic test for Type III vWD in Scottish Terriers.
The test is DNA based, with samples collected using a soft brush on the inside of the cheek of the dog. It is non-invasive and painless. The results of the test place the dog in one of three categories: clear, carrier, or affected. The test is 100% accurate.
As a result, all breeders should test animals being bred to ensure that no carriers or affecteds be bred to anything other than a dog that has tested clear. If two clear dogs are bred together, it is a certainty (barring an individual random mutation) that the puppies will all be clear as well. All puppy buyers should demand to see the test results on the parents of the puppies they consider.
The tests are available only from VetGen, a spinoff organization of the MSU and University of Michigan. The cost is $135 per dog, and $5 for the sample collection kit. For an additional $15, the results can be registered with the OFA, who are administering a vWD registry for VetGen, 800-4-VETGEN.
The New Complete Scottish Terrier, Cindy Cook, Howell Book House, 1996.
The New Complete Scottish Terrier, John T. Marvin, 1982, Howell Book House "This is The Scottish Terrier", T. Allen Kirk, Jr. M.D., 1978, TFH Publications (out of print, replaced by Cook's book).
The Official Book of the Scottish Terrier, Muriel P. Lee, 1994, TFH Publications.
The club publishes a quarterly magazine with ads, articles, trophy standings, new titles, and other news of interest to club members. It is called The Bagpiper, and is available from the editor to non-members at $30/year. The editor is: Bonnie Lamphear, 416 1/2 Laura Street, Clearwater, Florida, 34615; (813) 442-1735, FAX (813) 447-8768
In addition, the author of this FAQ will be happy to share any information or experience she can. E-mail address below.