The Scottish Terrier is one of the descendants of the old Scotch Terrier, along with the Dandie Dinmont, the Cairn, and the West Highland White Terrier. The exact origins of the breed is obscure, but a dog of its general description dates back to some of the earliest records. The low stature and wiry coat have always been important characteristics relating to the original purpose of the breed, which was to hunt and kill the various species of wildlife such as the fox, badger, weasel, and rat that made life hard for the early Scottish farmers and crofters. The loss of livestock could well have made a huge difference to these folk, whose livelihood depended on the produce from their land, so a dog was developed which had exceptional strength and courage in a compact, tough package. These traits are still the hallmark of the breed today.


Scottish Terriers live up to 12 years of age.


The Scottish Terrier is an adaptable little dog, which will fit in with most households. It is not always demonstrative with its emotions, however, its devotion and loyalty to its family are boundless. Although affectionate towards members of its own family, it is every bit the game terrier when strangers or other dogs are involved. If allowed, it will take on any dog, regardless of breed or size that invades its territory. While they can be extremely tolerant and good-natured regarding the antics of children, it can be cold, and even belligerent with strangers. It really prefers to be a one-man dog and these qualities make the Scottie an excellent watchdog.


The Scottish Terrier can live harmoniously with other pets providing care has been taken in introducing the pets to each other. It is not uncommon to find households where Scotties share living quarters with cats, guinea pigs and other small pets.


The Scottish Terrier is an active breed and requires regular exercise, but its short legs mean less walking for its owner in order to provide the dog's daily requirements. The Scottie is not a good jogging companion, but makes an ideal walking companion. It is important that it is walked on a leash, as the dog's hunting instinct can entice it to run after a rabbit or a cat, into the path of an oncoming car. The grooming needs of a Scottish Terrier will vary according to the lifestyle you choose for it. For a pet, all that is required is a thorough grooming with a good pin brush, followed by combing twice a week. Please take note: Although the Scottish Terrier does not need the high fences required by some other breeds, it does, for its own safety, require secure fencing - particularly around swimming pools. This breed can become destructive if not given enough mental and physical stimulation. Make sure the dog's environment is hazard-free.


The ideal owner of a Scottish Terrier must have the time to devote to the needs of the dog, and a desire to share their life with a canine companion that will more than repay all the love and attention received. From dawn to dusk your every move will be watched and you will be protected and doted upon. As long as a Scottie is treated well, its love for its owner will be undying.


If you have decided that the Scottish Terrier is the dog for you and you realise that this dog needs plenty of exercise to keep it happy, contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory:New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Territory :Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia :Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria:Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)