The Scottish Terriėr is one of the oldest terriėr breeds.
The Scottie was used in Scottish Highlands for hunting badgers, foxes and other small vermin.
The original sandy or brindle colour gave way to black and gradually this became the best known appearance of the Scottie, certainly helped by the advertisements for Black & White whisky!
A Scottie is a stalwart dog, fearless but reserved, but not everymans friend and unreservedly loyal to its owner.
A Scottie will often try to avoid looking you in the eye and does not like it if you look directly at him.
If they are used to children they can make excellent playmates and often like to run after a stick or a ball.
But they are very sensitive to a reprimand and very aware when they have done something wrong. Lots of walks or sleeping all day, the Scottie adapts himself and does not complain.
The Scottie should radiate alertness and should never show fear.
The appearance of the Scottie is very striking, due to its characteristic build that is emphasized by the trimming.
The aim is for a long head and short legs.
The Scottie is a small type that is small enough to get into a hole after its prey but big enough to stand up to a badger or a fox.
The tail is carried straight up or slightly curved over the back.
A long harsh top coat and an undercoat gives the Scottie a watertight jacket.
A Scottie may be any colour apart from pure white.
The commonest colours are of course black, followed by grey brindled, brown brindled or sometimes wheaten colour.