It’s thought Scottish Terriers were originally bred to hunt badgers in the Scottish Highlands, probably around the 1500s.
Rumor has it they were developed with strong tails so their owners could pull them out of the holes they had dug. (The name Terrier is derived from the French word ‘terre’, meaning ‘earth’.)
Today’s Scottish Terrier came about during the 1700’s and was first officially recognized in 1859 when it was presented in Birmingham, England. Playful and self-assured, they were nicknamed the ‘’little diehard’ breed by James Francis Edward Stuart, a descendant of Scottish royalty.
Nowadays, they’re affectionately called ‘Scotties’ and have even been owned by American Presidents. These lovely little dogs are world leaders in our book too.