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Scottie Breed History:
Like the Westie, the Scottish Terrier's exact origins are unknown, but he is likely of Norse descent. It is believed the Scottie descends from the Blackmount region of Perthshire (central Scotland). While Westies, Skye, and Cairn terriers have evolved somewhat, the Scottish Terrier, often called the "Scottie" appears in most depictions, much as we see it today.
Terriers were a necessary companion for gamekeepers, whose job it was to keep the land from being overrun with vermin such as badger, fox and otter. Like the Westie, they were not bred for their looks, but rather their hardiness, gameness and courageousness. No record of lineage was maintained, but rather a breeding requirement of taking only the smallest, gamest and toughest dogs was closely followed. This ensured a standard of dog that was the blueprint of a sturdy breed, a trait necessary to survive the wilds of Scotland.
The Scottie mostly stayed within the Scottish borders until the late 1870's when English Army Captain W. W. Mackie imported the first know Scotties to England. It took another two decades to settle on a breed standard for the Scottie. And eventually, the breed made its way over the Atlantic, to America, in the 1890's.
The earliest recorded kennels having produced quality stock from which many of today's Scotties have been bred, are those of Mr. J. H. Ludlow. Mr. Ludlow founded the Scottish Terrier Club of England and bred many of the breed's earliest champions.
Scottish Terrier is best recognized for its distinctive profile of protruding eyebrows, beard, short hair across the back and fuller coat around the legs. The coat is traditionally black, but is also found in brindle or wheaten colors as well.
Like all terriers, Scotties can be of an independent nature and as a result, difficult to train. They are diggers by nature, so don't expect otherwise! Scotties thrive on positive reinforcement, and are fiercely loyal. Their playful nature makes for a great family pet and companion.