The Aberdeen Terrier or Scottie is a short legged and bearded dog breed. As their name suggests, they were developed in Scotland. Its history of where its bloodline originated form is not very clear. It was developed in the nineteenth Century as a ratter and fox hunter. They belonged to a group of terriers known as the Skye terriers that originated form the Isle of Skye. As time went by and their characteristic feature became evidently different, they were further subdivided into individual breeds namely: the Skye Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Cairn Terrier and Highland White Terrier.
The Scottie has a rectangular body frame. It has short legs and stands at a height of 10 – 11 inches and weighs 20 – 23 pounds. It has a stout body and stands with an authoritative posture. It has a long face that is extended by a long muzzle. It has a flat head, and its eyebrows are placed leveled to its forehead. It has dark oval eyes that are covered by long bushy eyebrows. Its long muzzle is tipped with a black nose and has bushy hair covering it giving it the appearance of a mustache and beard. Its ears stand erect on its head with a triangular shape. It has a long coat on its face, legs belly, and tail that give it a distinct look.
The Scottie is a charming and loveable dog. It tends to be a bit distant and serious. It is known to be brave and full of energy. They are independent minded probably due to their intended purpose of being developed to hunt foxes and badgers. They are very selective in who they accept hence not friendly to every new face. They are not the appropriate dog to take for a jog. Hence, a short walk will be sufficient for them. They also enjoy chasing other smaller animals and will bark a lot
Scotties are hard headed and may be a handful to train. Start training them early in life so that they may adapt to obeying commands. They will easily stray off chasing other animals hence it will be good to fence the compound they live in. Scotties should not be overly exercised as they are not built for it.
Scotties are generally a healthy breed and will suffer from what is common to other breeds that include: Scottie cramps, Patellar luxation, and Von Willebrand’s disease. Has a general lifespan of 12 – 15 years
They should be fed on a highly nutritious diet. The amount of food given to it depends on its age, metabolic rate, and size. Avoid overfeeding by giving two of three meals a day.
Coat, Color and Grooming
They have a soft, dense undercoat covered with a wiry, coarse overcoat. Their coat comes in various colors such as black, which and various shades of brown. Brush their coat on a weekly basis and trim it after several months as it continuously grows. Brush its teeth weekly to remove building plaque.
With family and other pets
The Scottie is a good companion dog and will do well with children. It has an inborn instinct of being a hunter hence will not accommodate pets it is not familiar with.