Brave, stubborn, sensitive, the Scottish Terrier may have what you are looking for in a breed!
The Scottish Terrier was bred in Scotland around the 1700's to go after vermin underground. This hardy terrier has a tenacious attitude, but is very loving with its family.
The Scottish Terrier is a true terrier thru-n-thru. They are alert, protective, stubborn, can be moody towards other dogs, and they enjoy digging and barking. If these are traits that you are not looking for in a dog, rethink this spirited breed!
They require regular exercise. The Scottie, like a majority of terriers, is considered a busy-body. They will make a great companion for daily walks. This breed would enjoy a fenced in-yard to hunt for squirrels or other critters, however, they do apartment/condo living with appropriate exercise.
The Scottie will be a very good watchdog, and happily alert you to visitors. This is a very vocal breed. Consider early training to help manage the Scotties yappy disposition.
They can be snippy towards strangers and other dogs, so socialization at a very young age may help with this behavioral trait. Consider doggy daycare and frequent visits to dog beaches and parks.
The Scottie is known for their stubborn streak in obedience lessons. They need a firm leader that won't sway from the rules. If the Scottie can get their way, they will.
Terriers are known to get out-of-control when not properly exercised, trained, or socialized. Rules are a must for terriers to prevent future behavioral problems such as aggression, destructiveness, jumping, excessive barking, nipping, and much more.
The Scottish Terrier is well known for their distinct look and a professional groomer will be needed. Their coat is wiry, and typically kept long on their body, but shorter and square-like around their face. They are not heavy shedders, so they would be a great breed for allergy sufferers. Regular nail trimming should be provided every 8 - 12 weeks.
The Scottie can have the following health issues: "Scottie Camp" (a movement problem), tumors, Von Willebrand's disease, skin allergies, and mouth issues.
The average life span of the Scottie is 12 - 15 years.
As you begin looking for a Scottish Terrier, please check with rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!
At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.
On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!
Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe