All Scottish Dog Breeds
15) Scottish Terrier
Lets start the video with an independent, intelligent and alert Scottish Terrier, which also known as the Aberdeen Terrier. Do not be fooled by the short legs, this is an active companion, maybe not for a running and jogging, but they definitely love long walks and they actually do great at dog sports like agility or earthdog trials.
14) Scottish Deerhound
The largest breed from Scotland is the Scottish Deerhound. There was a time, when they were called as Royla dogs of Scotland. This is an ancient dog and it is believed that they were brought to Scotland by Phoenician traders over 3000 years ago. They were mostly used to hunt deer by coursing.
Here i will mention three breeds – the Scotch, Rough and Smooth Collie. While the difference between a Rough and a Smooth Collie is mainly their coat, the Scotch Collie is little bit more different. The Scotch Collie is, lets say, the original Collie that was only use for working puposes. But over time, the need for working dogs was declining, while the need for companion and lets say show dogs was raising. That caused, that some people and kennel clubs started to breed them for the showring and as you can probably guess, the new, show ring Collie is today known as the Rough Collie. But still, all these three Collie types are great workers!
12) West Highland White Terrier
Westie is always happy and friendly, but it is also an idependent, confident and alert hunter. Their lively nature is quite contagious and they will definitely make you smile every day. They have distinctive white coat.
11) Shetland Sheepdog
The Sheltie looks like a miniature Collie and just like the Collies, this is a great herder. They were used for herding livestock on the Shetland Islands. This hard worker has intelligent, eager to please and loyal temperament. They tend to create very strong bond with the owners.
10) Border Terrier
This terrier was originally bred to driving foxes out of their hiding places and out into the open for the hounds to chase. Prepare for a very energetic breed, if you are considering the Border Terrier, because they were bred to keep up with hunters on horseback. This is a very playful and affectionate breed.
9) Border Collie
There is one more breed with the word Border in their name and it is the famous Border Collie. The Border Collie was bred on Scottish borders and it is considered as one of the smartest dogs in the world. Thanks to their neverending energy, high intelligence and athleticism, they are great adepts for various dog sports, like agility, obedience trials, tracking or flyball.
8) Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Another terrier with short legs, this time, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. They have distinctive topknot of hair on the head. The Dandie Dinmont is tough hunter, but also good watchdog and definitely great friendly companion. This is one of the most docile terrier breeds.
7) Golden Retriever
One of the most popular dog breeds worldwide, the Golden Retriever, has its origin in Scotland. Originally, they were bred to retriever waterflow, for example duck, from the water. But today, they are used for much more purposes, for example as service dogs, guide dogs, detection dogs, search and rescue dogs and of course, as extraordinary family companions.
6) Cairn Terrier
The Cairn Terrier is a courgaous, tenacious and intelligent dog breed with scruffy looking coat. They were most often used by farmers to hunt and kill vermin. Btw, one Cairn Terrier was very famous, because he played Toto in screen adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.
5) Gordon Setter
And another hunter from Scotland, but this time, it is not a terrier. The Gordon Setter is famous for its great looking shiny and silky coat. This is the largest dog breed of all setters, with height up to 70 cm, which is 28 inches and weight up to 36 kg, which is 80 pounds.
4) Sporting Lucas Terrier
Maybe the least known dog on this list and also the youngest one. The Sporting Lucas Terrier was bred in the 1990s from Lucas Terriers, JRTs and possibly from Fell Terriers. They are called after the brittish politician Jocely Lucas.
3) Bearded Collie
This is an enthusiastic, energetic, bright, reliable and hardy dog breed. It is the ultimate shaggy dog. And they are even named after the hair that hangs down from the chin and forms a beard. Thanks to their outgoing and affectionate temperament, they make good partners for older kids and active families.
2) Skye Terrier
I already mentioned the Cairn, Dandie Dinmont, West Highland White and Scottish Terrier. The last one is the Skye Terrier, and guess what? Initially, all these 5 dog breeds were grouped under the name of Skye Terrier and they separate later. The Skye Terrier we know today is a low to the ground dog with curious and strong willed nature. This is one of the most endangered native dog breeds of Scotland.
Now, at the end of the video, i want to mention some dogs with disputed origin and some extinct dogs as well, because i believe they should be at least mentioned in the video. The first dog breed is Bloodhound, whose origin is disputed, even though, for most of its history the bloodhound was seen as a dog of Anglo-Scottish origin. The second one is Sleuth Dog, which is basically the same breed as Bloodhound and it was a it was a Scottish term for what in England was called the bloodhound. And than i want to mention already extinct Paisley Terrier and Dumfriesshire Black and Tan Foxhounds.
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