From children’s films like Lady And The Tramp to major dog events like the Westminster Dog Show, Scottish Terriers steal the spotlight everywhere they go. Whether you’re a big fan of the breed, or just want to know how these dogs have been a favorite for hundreds of years, here are just 10 of the many reasons why Scotties are irresistible:
1. Nobody gives better mustache kisses.
Even lady-Scotties have a wonderful mustache that tickles your nose when they lick your face. Scottie puppies, however, are not marvelously mustachioed until their first birthday. That mustache is earned, and it’s unique to the Scottish Terrier. Consider it a special blessing if a Scottie ever gives you a drippy, sloppy kiss after dipping that mustache in their water bowl.
2. Scotties are eternal puppies.
Until the very end, a Scottie has a mischievous sense of humor. You’ll quickly learn to put away your socks, because they look and smell exactly like the rats that this dog has been bred to chase. Nothing is more fun to a Scottie than being chased around the house with a sock, no matter how old they get.
3. Being loved by a Scottie is an honor.
Unlike a Golden Retriever, which will love just about anyone, a Scottie is wary of strangers. While they’re loyal to their family, anyone else will have to earn their trust. If you are able to befriend a Scottie, it means that you are now part of their family. This is not as easy as bribing them with a treat. They can tell if you are a good person, and will only trust someone with a pure heart.
4. Done right, that signature clip is on fleek.
Professional dog groomers look forward to grooming a Scottish Terrier. It’s a great opportunity to show off how skilled you are with the shears. Scotties are adorable when their coat is overgrown and scraggly, but there’s nothing like a fresh clip. Anyone can appreciate that lovely silhouette.
5. They make you seem more distinguished.
The Eisenhowers, Roosevelts and even George W. Bush Jr. all owned Scotties while in the White House. The dogs also have a long heritage of belonging to royal families. So, it stands to reason that if you have a Scottie dog in your life, you must be someone special. Only someone with strong leadership qualities can own this charming breed. No matter what’s going on in your life, no matter how you dress or how you decorate your home, a Scottie ties everything together.
6. Those eyebrows are all natural.
The past decade has seen a widespread trend of thick, full eyebrows. Women have been using eyebrow pencils, creams, even tattoos to replicate the bold, distinguish brow of the Scottish Terrier. While nobody knows for sure how this trend began, and some point at fashion models, it’s quite clear that those expressive brows imitate the inimitable Scottie dog.
7. Scottish Terriers are made for cold nights.
While all dogs have a slightly higher body temperature than humans at 101 degrees Fahrenheit, not all are great for snuggling up to at night. The Scottish terrier has a long, wiry coat that feels exceptional on bare feet. The dog’s short legs are optimal for sharing the bed without taking up too much room. Some love to spoon under the covers, others don’t like being too warm and prefer to be by your feet.
8. They make the perfect excuse for updating to an all-black wardrobe.
Scotties don’t shed terribly, but they do shed, so you will get black hairs on your clothes. Fortunately, you can wear black so the hairs will not be visible. As an added bonus, your new wardrobe will make you look distinguished and professional. People will ask you if you are a poet, a goth, or a heavy metal enthusiast, depending on your makeup, jewelry and facial expression.
9. Scotties make great gardeners.
Like all terriers, the Scottish Terrier was bred to hunt for rodents through underground tunnels. Now, you can put those skills to good use by allowing them to help you turn your soil. Those tough little paws will stop at nothing to aerate your soil to perfection.
10. You can never forget a Scottish Terrier.
Years after your Scottish Terrier leaves you for the great dog park in the sky, you’ll continue to find black hairs and nose prints around your home. It’s impossible to get rid of every trace of evidence of your pup, and the impact that they have on your life lasts forever.