Origin: United Kingdom (Scotland)
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 11-13 years
Weight: Male: 8.5-10, Female: 8-9.5
Height: Male: 9-10, Female: 9-10
Origin of Name: The Scottish Terrier is a small, compact, short-legged, sturdily-built terrier of good bone and substance.
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Developed to hunt mice, foxes and badgers on the craggy Scottish highlands, the Scottish Terrier is a respected breed. In fact, it is considered the oldest in the Highland Terrier. And one authority calls the breed ""the oldest variety of dog breed indigenous to Britain"". There has been controversy about its origin and type several times throughout the breed's long history. In fact, dog people spent much of the 1800s arguing over what a Scottish terrier was and what a Scottish terrier used to be. Despite his humble farm-dog origins, Scotty had friends in high places. In the 17th century, King James I of England, a Scot by birth, was well acquainted with the breed and gave it as a gift.
The first Scotty import reached America in 1883, and two years later the AKC registered its first Scotty, a male named Prince Charlie. The pinnacle of Scotty's popularity was in the 1930s and early 40s, with celebrity owners such as Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis under the spicy charm of the breed. The Scotty silhouette is a familiar form of Depression-era knock-off and advertising, and the image is still popular today, with textile manufacturers looking for a sporty retro-kitsch accent for their designs. The most famous of history was Scotty Falla, a constant companion of President Franklin Roosevelt during World War II.