Care and Health of the Scottish Terrier

To keep the Scottish Terrier’s high-maintenance coat in good condition, it should be brushed regularly to avoid tangles or tangles in the coat. In addition, Scottie’s coat should be trimmed adequately about every 3 months, as the breed does not go through a normal shedding cycle and thus requires human assistance with mane removal. Since the dog’s hair drags on the floor during walks, you should of course also pay attention to its cleanliness. A positive point in this context is the fact that a Scottish Terrier sheds very little hair in its owner’s home.

Tip: To make it easier to trim the coat later, you should practice with your Scottie when he is a puppy and get him used to the comb and other grooming products.

Because of their compact build, Scotties tend to be overweight. For this reason, you should pay attention to his diet. Furthermore, excessive feeding of treats should be avoided.

In general, a Scottish Terrier is a very hardy breed of dog. With a good diet and plenty of exercises, a healthy Scottie can be expected to live to around 12 years. Unfortunately, breed-specific diseases also exist in Scottish Terriers. Among other things, bone diseases in the skull, seizure-like disturbances in the coordination of movements, increased liver values ​​or bladder cancer can occur. Male animals also tend to have an enlarged prostate.

Tip: Due to these diseases, you should only contact reputable breeders.

Activities with the Scottish Terrier

A Scottish terrier is a passionate walker but does not have particularly high sporting ambitions. He loves being in nature and exploring the area. Agility training adapted to the size of the dog, hunting and obedience games as well as jogging can be suitable activities for your little four-legged friend.

Keeping them in an apartment is not a problem given the dog’s small size. If you live in a city, however, it is important that you offer your Scottish Terrier enough exercise opportunities with walks.

A Scottish Terrier is suitable as a travel dog because it is not particularly large and comes across with a self-confident manner, given that it should not show any shyness in different places. In addition, he is an ideal hiking partner on vacation, who explores the local nature with you.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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