Published on 28 May 2021
The Scottish Terrier or Scottie famously featured on advertising for a famous chunky dog food and is a lovable family favourite.
The Scottish Terrier (or Aberdeen Terrier) is a Highland Terrier breed that originated in Scotland for the intended purpose of hunting rodents such as rats, badgers, and foxes. They were officially recognised as a breed in 1879 and first arrived in Australia in 1889 to help control rodents on farms.
Averaging 25cm in height, and ranging from 8 to 10kg in weight, the Scottish Terrier is a small dog. Their colours include black, grey, brindle, wheaten and white. Their life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.
Scottish Terrier Breed Facts & Characteristics
Also known as
|Scottish Terrier/Aberdeen Terrier (“Scottie”)|
|Small; average 25cm in height, 8 to 10kgs in weight|
|8 to 10kgs|
|Black, brindle, grey, wheaten, white|
|12 to 15 years|
|Double coated with harsh/wiry overcoat|
|Active, loyal, loving|
Best suited for
|Yes, if exercised daily|
The Scottish terrier is an active small dog breed with natural hunting aptitude. They are also a loyal, and loving family member with an abundance of character and charm.
Their working background means they are agile and energetic, and benefit from regular play sessions and chasing activities. They also enjoy getting out and about for daily walks. When they are given plenty of exercise, toys, and activities, they can adapt to small home and apartment living but will also do well with a large backyard to explore. Always be cautious when introducing Scotties to small pets as they may show signs of aggression.
Early socialisation and training with other dogs, people and animals is very important to ensure good manners later in life and may help curb some of that natural aggression.
Scottish Terriers have a double layered coat, with a wiry outer layer. The under layer is softer, and requires hand stripping every 6 to 8 weeks at the groomers. Regular brushing is needed to help keep the coat tangle free. Ear cleaning should also be a part of the regular grooming schedule to help keep the ears clean and free from debris to help prevent ear infections. Prevent parasites by ensuring your Scottish Terrier is on flea control all year round and tick prevention if you are in a paralysis tick area.
When choosing a food for your Scottish Terrier, select a premium food appropriate to your dog’s age and life stage. Make sure your pup always has a supply of fresh, clean water available.
Common health concerns
Between 2016-2020, Scottish Terriers visited the vet for skin conditions such as allergies and infection, cancer, gastrointestinal conditions such as diarrhoea and vomiting, ear infections and Cushing’s Disease.
The five most common reasons for a Scottish Terrier to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data over the 2020 calendar year.
|Rank||Condition||Average cost for single treatment|
(average pet insurance claim amount)
|Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)|
|1||Skin conditions, including allergies and infections||$190||$1,533|
|2||Cancer, including carcinoma and bladder cancer||$461||$2,633|
|3||Gastrointestinal conditions, including canine haemorrhagic gastroenteritis||$316||$3,191|
|5||Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease)||$194||$553|
Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.
Most popular Scottish Terrier names
According to PetSure data from 2019-2020, the most popular names for Scottish Terrier were:
Most popular names
Most popular female names
Most popular male names
Did you know?
The Scottish Terrier has been a well-known game piece in Monopoly since 1950.
Where can I get a Scottish Terrier?
Even though they are a pure breed of dog, it may be possible to find one via a breed specific rescue organisation. You may also find a perfect small dog for you and your family at your local rescue organisation or shelter who needs a loving home.
- American Kennel Club, Scottish Terriers, accessed on 29/02/2021
- Dogs NSW, Breeds: Scottish Terrier, accessed on 30/03/2021
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