The Scottish Terrier has been a recognizable breed since the late 1800’s, thriving in the rough and rugged terrain of the Scottish Highlands. Given his origins, the Diehard is known as a tough, generally healthy dog, protected from the elements by a thick double coat, and from illness by an overall strong, disease-resistant constitution. Conscientious breeders work diligently to identify healthy breeding stock when producing their litters. When vaccinated during puppyhood and at appropriate times during his lifetime to protect him from preventable diseases, and given the benefits of modern day veterinary care, a Scottie usually thrives for many years. On average the Scottie lives about 12 years, and it’s not uncommon to encounter healthy seniors who reach 14 years or more.
In order to take the best care possible their Scotties, all dedicated owners strive to learn as much as they can about the health of their dogs. To that end, we invite you to navigate through the STCA Health pages and click on the various links for information on the health issues that can arise occasionally in the breed, as well as a full spectrum of topics on management and welfare, research, a health glossary, health registries, and more.
Start your journey by first going to the Health Trust Fund page to read about the STCA’s 501c(3) organization dedicated to the health, betterment, and preservation of the breed.
Go to the Genetic Issues page to read about identified and potentially inherited disorders in the Scottie.
Go to the Health Registries page to access the data and background information on the currently available open Registries.
Go to the ScottiePhile page to browse the extensive health library on a wide range of topics.
Go to the [Health Glossary] page for definitions of other health issues occasionally seen in Scotties.
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