Often referred to as the Aberdeen Terrier, the Scottish Terrier is a short-legged, substantial terrier, with distinctive furnishings at the eyebrow, beard, leg, and skirt.
The Scottish Terrier is a small, compact, short-legged, sturdily-built terrier of good bone and substance. They have a hard, wiry, weather-resistant coat and a thick-set body which is hung between short, heavy legs. Scotties are territorial, alert, and quick moving – and need a good daily workout. The breed is known to be independent, self-assured, playful, and intelligent. Sometimes very loving, they can also be stubborn. They are sometimes described as an aloof breed, although it has been noted that they tend to be very loyal to their family and are known to attach themselves to one or two people.
The Scottish Terrier can make a good watchdog due to its tendency to bark only when necessary. They have been described as a fearless breed that may be aggressive around other dogs unless socialised at an early age. Scottish Terriers were originally bred to hunt and fight Eurasian badgers. Therefore, the Scottie is prone to dig as well as chase small mammals, so it is advisable not to keep cats, rabbits, ferrets, or other small, domesticated animals in the home with a Scottie. Scottish Terriers are also not recommended to live with children who are inexperienced with dogs.