Fancy Yourself a Scottie?

The September issue of Dog Fancy Magazine features an article written about best dog breed in history, the Scottish Terrier. The story includes comments from some very honest and savvy breeders. I certainly agree with most of what the ladies had to say but none of the attributes matched Pippi.


I hope if you are considering adding a Scottie to your family you would refer to articles like this. One comment that stuck with me was about never being able to let your Scottie off leash. It is true a standard bread Scottie will have a very curious mind and be incredibly stubborn. My sweet little princess is hardly ever on a leash, mostly just for show when she is. Pippi doesn’t like being very far from us. However like most Scottie she will do anything for a treat! You can’t train em but you can bribe em.

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  1. I thought we were doomed to be with leash forever with our boys, but of late they have proven themselves more worthy to be without leash. Albert never strays far from Jake (and comes pretty much whenever he is called). Jake is a little (OK, a LOT) more independent and loves to explore, so he is slower to come when called, but eventually he does come back…especially if there is food involved. As you say, they’re hard to train (I believe that with dogs there’s an inverse relationship between obedience and intelligence), but when there’s food involved, they are absolutely bribable. (Oh, and by the way, if you are offering food as a reward, you better actually have some because they will NOT forget the next time, if you promised and didn’t come through!)

  2. You KNOW I’m off leash 80 – 90% of the time. But these days, since it’s so hot, I can’t make up my mind which way to go on Our walks, so I just sit there, on the curb. Trying to make up my mind. So, it’s on the leash I go, only because They know which way to go and none of Us can stand just hanging out in the blazing sunshine.

    So, off leash it is. I don’t think all Scotties can do this, but with training, trust and a careful eye, it can be done. OH….I do have to say when I’m around lots of vehicular traffic, I do go on leash.

    Aroooo! Stuart

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