Terriers of Scotland

Terriers of ScotlandTerriers of Scotland

The various Terriers of Scotland developed from the ancient long bodied, short legged, rough coated terrier which is believed to be the oldest variety of the canine race indigenous to North Britain[1]. When man first settled there, survival depended on hunting animals which lived beneath the ground such as otters and badgers. These provided meat for eating and skins for protection against the wind and snow.

Westie head stamp

Cairn and West Highland White Terrier

The Cairn and the West Highland White Terriers ("Westie') are considered together here because of the common origin of these two breeds. These rough coated working terriers hunted badger, otter and fox that lived in the rocky highlands or cairns on the West coast of Scotland. Working within the confines of rocky lairs was very different to working in soft ... »» Read more...

Scottie postcard

Skye and Scottish Terrier

Although named in the first English Stud book, the modern Skye Terrier is very different to his working ancestor named in that book. The Scottish Terrier, listed in this same Stud Book as the Broken Haired Scotch Terrier, is also now a very different dog to his working ancestor. Because of their historic similarity in construction, these two breeds are ... »» Read more...


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