The Scottish Terrier
by: Grant Carroll
Of all the terriers in existence, the Scottish Terrier is one of the oldest and most well known. They were originally bred to be a working dog and to help farmers get rid of vermin. Their history goes so far back in fact, that references can be found to them in ancient Roman literature living in present day Scotland.
The Scottish Terrier has a body perfect for rummaging in vermin holes. He is compact and meaty, weighing about 20 pounds with an elongated head. His hard, wiry coat was perfect at protecting his skin from brush and dirt, but owners need to keep it groomed. The average litter size is 6 puppies an life expectancy is 12 years.
If you are looking into getting a Scottish Terrier, consider that they are best in a family with older children and adults. Also, they do tend to dig since they were bred to follow vermin into holes. They are a thinking dog, fearless and seldom show pain. If you get one, you will be joining a long line of celebrity owners, including President Roosevelt and President Bush. At one time they were the most popular breed, and someday they may very well be again.
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