The Scottish Terrier, or Scottie, is a popular breed hailing from (you guessed it!) Scotland. The Scottie was originally bred to hunt vermin and keep the family farm free from rats and badgers. He was first shown in competition in the UK in 1860 and came to the United States in 1883. Since their appearance here, they have enjoyed great popularity – Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush both owned Scotties while in the White House, and the Scottie has been making the rounds as a playing piece on Monopoly boards since the 1930s. Scotties have also won the coveted “Best in Show” title at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show an amazing nine times, second only to the Wire Fox Terrier in number of titles.
Irresistibly adorable with their characteristic beard and eyebrows, the Scottie makes friends wherever he goes. To say that the Scottie has pluck is an understatement – he is a feisty dog and independent to the core, but is also a playful clown sure to bring a smile to your face. Because he was originally bred to hunt and kill vermin, the Scottie is known to chase other small animals, including wildlife. Care should be taken to exercise this breed in an enclosed space or on a lead for this reason.
Despite their clownish nature, Scottish Terriers are also known for being predisposed to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances. Some of the conditions and illnesses Scottish Terrier are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts; bone diseases such as craniomandibular osteopathy (Scotty jaw); skin conditions such as atopy; nerve conditions such as Scotty cramp; blood diseases such as von Willebrand Disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Scottie inherits his dad’s bad skin or his mom’s bad eyes, you’re protected.