The Scottish Terrier, often called the "Scottie," is best recognized for its distinctive profile and hard, wiry, weather-resistant outer coat in a black, brindle or wheaten color. Its beard, eyebrows, legs and lower body furnishings are traditionally shaggy. Like many breeds in the Terrier Group, Scotties are small yet strong and known as fast, alert and playful dogs. The Scottish Terrier is the only breed of dog that has lived in the White House three times, with Presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower and George W. Bush.

A Look Back
Naturally a "digger" at heart, the Scottie was originally bred to hunt and kill vermin on farms. King James VI, known to adore the breed, is said to be responsible for the rise in popularity in Scotland during his reign. Scotties were introduced to America in the 1890’s and continue to remain a common fixture in American households.

Right Breed for You?
Scotties thrive as house pets and are gentle, loving members of their families. Their spirited natures require obedience training, and they need regular exercise (on leash, as the chase instinct is strong). The Scottie coat requires regular brushing and clipping to maintain the characteristic breed outline.

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General: The Scottish Terrier or the “Scottie” as it is better known, has a double coat with hard straight coat above a soft furry short undercoat. As with most terriers, the coat is usually stripped to insure the coat retains its harsh texture, color and does not become soft. All show dogs are kept hand stripped while many pet owners do have their dogs clipped into a skirted pattern.

Ears: Monthly ear cleaning with Ear Care is advised to be sure no ear problems that might need vet attention arise.

Eyes: Terriers are earth dogs and naturally dig holes and very curious. Optisoothe Eye Wash can be used daily to help flush foreign matter.

Bathing: Frequency of bathing your Scottie will depend on what type of grooming you decide is best for your lifestype and budget. Scotties love the outdoors and love to get dirty, if your Scottie is an indoor dog, more frequent bathing will be desired. Scottie’s require 2 baths, The first bath should be a general bath to get off the dirt and grime. Any of the Classic Care or Professional Care products are ideal. The second bath is Bright White or a texturizing shampoo to keep your Scottie’s coat the correct texture. If your Scottie has allergies or sensitive skin we would suggest a Hypo-Allergenic Shampoo and follow it with a Oatmeal Baking Soda Shampoo to control the odor. Do not use a heavy conditioner, but choose a light conditioner to keep the coats natural hard texture, Plum Perfect Cream Rinse or Rainforest Conditioner light and will leave a clean fresh scent.

Common Problems: Scottie’s are prone to seasonal and food allergies, keeping allergies under control will keep the coat and skin at its best. Dead Sea Mineral Mudbath is great to recondition the skin and repair the coat.

Coat Care: Extreme Odor Eliminator can be used between baths to help with keeping your Scottie smelling fresh and clean after an outdoor adventure.

Paws: Paw Balm should be used weekly to keep paw pads soft and pliable. This makes the pads less likely to dry and crack.

Tools: A brush and a comb should be used daily to weekly to keep the coat in good shape and matt free. If your dog is hand stripped a stripping knife or stone will be used. Use stripping powder to help the stripping process.

Show Dog Tips: Freeze! Styling Gel on the eye brows to keep them straight. Add Freeze! Styling Gel while fluffing for that extra volume on the leg furnishings. Spray Quick Finish Styling Spray to keep the hard texture for the ring. Quick Finish Styling Spray will keep the hair in place between classes.

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