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					The Stylish and Reserved Dog: Scottish Terrier

The Scottish terriers, also known as Scotties, are short-legged British
terriers. They are one among other go-to-ground and wire-coated terriers
developed in the highlands of Scotland. The Scotties are said to have
jaunty attitude so they are often used to represent advertisements of the
country to where they originated.

However, Scotties' nature is not in coherence with their public image or
trademark. In fact, Scotties are like the citizens of his native land
who are independent, stoic, and fiercely loyal to their masters. They
also adhere much to their own privacy.

Scotties, Westies, and Cairns are very similar regarding their
appearance. The Westies and the Cairns are, in fact, closely-related. The
Westie can be considered as the white variety of the Cairn who has a coat
of any color but white. Westies are hybrids of white dogs crossed with
Cairns of western Scotland. Scotties, however, have longer heads and
bodies, have generally dark coats and are aloof than the other two.

The following are some of the basic facts breeders would really love to
know about Scotties:

Category: Terrier

Living Environment: either outdoor or indoor (mostly preferred by
breeders)

Coat: wiry, short (about 2 inches) and thick

Colors: iron gray or steel, black, wheaten, or sandy; the coat may also
be brindled or grizzled

Height: about 10 inches

Weight: between 18 and 20 pounds

Temperament: they need to be praised frequently and they adapt with the
moods of the household

Breeders should note of the following health issues:
•        Von Willibrand's disease (VWD), an inherited disorder
•        Flea allergies and other skin problems
•        Epilepsy
•        Jawbone disorders
•        Scottie cramp, a minor condition that causes walking
difficulties
•        Cerebellar abiotrophy, a slow-to-progress and rare neurological
disease that causes loss of coordination

Care and Exercise:
•     Their coats need special care to maintain its appearance and
texture. It is suggested that they should be subjected to professional
grooming once or twice each year for their coats to stay wiry and firm.
•     The fur needs to be combed a couple of times in each week and even
needs occasional trimming.
•     Scotties' dead hairs should be plucked out through stripping. Using
electric clippers will only make their coats dull and soft.
•     Play with them. Hunting and squeaky balls and toys are their
favorites.
•     They should be on leash while walking in public places.

Origin/History:

The origins of the breed are obscure. It was noted that forerunners of
Scotties were sent to France's Royal Highness by King James I of England
during the 16th century. Later on, three different terriers were revealed
as Scotch Terriers, which included the Westies, the Cairns, and the
Scotties. The Dandie Dinmont variety had also been noted as closely-
related to the abovementioned terriers but its apparent physical
differences categorized itself as a separate breed.

Terrier dogs that were bred in Britain were developed to hunt vermin that
ate grains, and pestered eggs and poultry farms. Most breeds grew as
scrappy and courageous dogs and were trained to follow badgers or foxes
into their dens. Their wiry coats and soft undercoats protected them
against rugged terrains and harsh climates.

If you want to have a Scottie in your life, you should not be impulsive
about the matter for animosity and lack of proper training will only harm
and traumatize the dog. If properly taken cared of, this breed can even
appoint itself as a guardian of the family. It can also be fiercely
loyal, that is it can protect you even if it means endangering its own
life.

To this effect, I guess you must agree that a Scottie is a dog that is
second to none.

				
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