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scottish terrier

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Stocky, of sufficient size for working on the ground, which excludes dogs of excessive weight, short limbs, alert posture suggesting great power and activity within a small volume. The head gives the impression of being long for the size of the dog. Very agile and active despite its short legs.

Personality:  Loyal, faithful and independent.

Energy Level : Very Active.  This dog is active and energetic, and needs daily exercise.  

Good with children:  Yes.


Good with other dogs:  With supervision.


Grooming:  Seasonal.


Life Expectancy : 12-15  years old.

Bark level:  Moderate.


The Scottish Terrier Club was formed in 1882, one year after the first breed standard was drawn up, and just three years after the start of the breed as we know it today by Captain Gordon Murray. He was strongly supported by the founder and first president of The Kennel Club, Mr. Sewallis Evelyn Shirley. The public image of this short-legged Highlands terrier is often that of a stern “Scot”, but with his family and friends he is affectionate and cheerful, although he soon wakes up at the slightest noise, with a protective instinct as he prepares. to protect your home and home.

Country of Origin: Great Britain.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:  Loyal and faithful. Dignified, independent and reserved, but courageous and highly intelligent. Brave, but never aggressive.

HEAD:  Long without being disproportionate to the size of the dog. Carried on a muscular neck of moderate length, showing quality.


Skull: Almost flat. The length of the skull allows it to be wide enough while maintaining a narrow appearance.

Stop: Slight but distinct between the skull and muzzle, in front of the eyes.  




Truffle: Black. Large, and in profile, the line from nose to muzzle appears to be slightly sloping backwards.


Muzzle: Strongly built and deep throughout its length.


Jaws and  Teeth: Broad teeth with a perfect and regular scissor bite, ie the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth and are set square to the jaws.


Cheeks: Cheek bones not protruding.


Eyes: Almond, dark brown, set wide apart, well set deep below the eyebrows, with a lively and intelligent expression.


Ears: Well designed, fine textured, pointed, erect and set on top of the skull, but not too close together. Large ears with a wide base are highly undesirable.

NECK: Muscular and of moderate length, showing quality.




Topline: Straight and level topline.


Back: Proportionally short and very muscular.


Loin: Muscular and deep.


Chest: Fairly broad and let down between the forelegs. Ribs well rounded, flattening to form a deep chest and carried well back. Powerful union of the ribs with the posterior.


TAIL: Of moderate length giving a general swing to the dog; thick at the root, tapering to the tip. Carried straight or slightly curved.




PREVIOUS:  Chest well in front of legs.


Shoulders: Long, sloping.

Elbows: Neither turned out nor placed below the body.

Forearms: Straight, with good bone.

Metacarpals: Straight.


Feet: Of good size, well padded; toes well arched and closed; Front legs slightly larger than the hind legs.


HINDQUARTERS: Remarkably powerful for the size of the dog. Large and voluminous buttocks.


Thighs: Deep.


Knees: Well angulated.


Metatarsals: Hocks short, strong, neither turning out nor in.


  • GAIT/MOVEMENT: Smooth and free. Forequarters and hindquarters straight, with propulsion in the hindquarters; level as a whole.


  • COAT


Hair: Closely closed, double coat; undercoat short, dense and soft; rough, dense, wiry coat; together form a weather resistant cover.


COLOR: Black, wheat or brindle in any shade.


SIZE: Height at the withers: 25 to 28 cm.


WEIGHT: 8.5 – 10.5 kg.

  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well being of the dog.  



• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

• Atypical dogs.

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