The Scottish Terrier Club was formed by Captain Gordon Murray in 1882, a year after the first standard for the breed was drawn up, and just three years after the breed as we know it today came into existence. Murray was strongly supported by the founder and first chairman of the Kennel Club, Mr Sewallis Evelyn Shirley.
As a character the Scottish terrier is a playful and happy puppy maturing into an alert and dignified adult. Standing no more than 28cm at the shoulder and weighing up to 10.5kg, the Scotty needs up to an hours exercise a day as he is a fairly lively and energetic character. The scotty is also a terrier and therefore has the ability to be stubborn, with a strong will and instinct to hunt and dig. He makes an excellent guard dog and although happy to curl up in his bed at home he will quickly let his owners know of anybody new approaching. These dogs are sensitive to praise and blame. The scotty really makes a great go anywhere dog and is best described as a big dog in a small dog’s body. With relatively few health problems the scotty has an expected life span of over 10 years.