This iconic member of the Terrier Group was introduced to America in the 1890’s and has remained a popular pet ever since. Three presidents have owned Scotties while in office, adding to their notoriety. Their long-nosed profile, shaggy “skirt”, erect ears, and engaging countenance make them very recognizable. Like most terriers, they were originally bred to put vermin to the chase and they retain the keen intellect and vivacity this role required. They are affectionate, playful companions suitable for city living as long as they have outlets for their terrier proclivities. Their dense, wiry coats require regular brushing and clipping to maintain the distinctive Scottie aesthetic and keep tangles away.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.