ORIGIN: Great Britain
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD: 13.10.2010 | UTILIZATION: Terrier
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Group 3 Terriers. Section 2
Small-sized Terriers. Without working trial
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Scottish
Terrier Club was formed in 1882, a year after the
first standard for the breed was drawn up,
and just three years after the start of the breed
as we know it today by Capt Gordon Murray. He was
strongly supported by the founder
and first chairman of the Kennel Club, Mr Sewallis
Evelyn Shirley. The public image of this
short-legged terrier from the Highlands is often
of a dour Scot, but to his family and friends he
is affectionate and cheerful although he will soon
rouse himself at the slightest sound,
with protectiveness as he prepares to guard his
house and home.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Thick-set, of suitable
size to go to ground, which would preclude dogs of
excessive body weight, short-legged,
alert in carriage and suggestive of great power
and activity in small compass. Head gives
impression of being long for size of dog.
Very agileand active in spite of short legs.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: Skull and foreface
of equal length.
BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT: Loyal and
faithful. Dignified, independent and reserved, but
courageous and highly intelligent.
Bold, but never aggressive.
HEAD: Long without being out of proportion
to size of dog. Carried on muscular neck of
moderate length showing quality.
Skull: Nearly flat. Length of skull
enabling it to be fairly wide and yet retain
Stop: Slight but distinct stop between
skull and foreface just in front of eye.
Nose: Black. Large, and, in profile, the
line from nose towards chin appears to slope
Muzzle: Foreface strongly constructed and
Jaws / Teeth: Teeth large with perfect and
regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely
overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the
Cheeks: Cheek bones not protruding.
Eyes: Almond-shaped, dark brown,
fairly wide apart, well set under eyebrows with
keen, intelligent expression.
Ears: Neat, fine texture, pointed, erect
and set on top of skull but not too close
together. Large, wide-based ears highly
NECK: Muscular and of moderate length
Topline: Straight and level. Back:
Proportionately short and very muscular. Loin:
Muscular and deep.
Chest: Fairly broad and hung between
forelegs. Well rounded ribs flattening to deep
chest and carried well back.
Powerfully coupling ribs to hindquarters.
TAIL: Moderate length giving general
balance to dog, thick at root and tapering towards
tip. Set on with upright carriage or slight bend.
General appearance: Brisket well in front
of forelegs. Shoulder: Long, sloping.
Elbow: Must not be out nor placed under
body. Forearm: Straight, well boned.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Straight.
Forefeet: Good size, well padded, toes well
arched and close-knit, forefeet slightly larger
than hind feet.
HINDQUARTERS: General appearance:
Remarkably powerful for size of dog. Big, wide
Thigh: Deep. Stifle (Knee): Well
Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Hocks short,
strong, turning neither in nor out.
Hind feet: Good size, well padded, toes
well arched and close-knit, hind feet slightly
smaller than forefeet.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Smooth and free, straight
both back and front with drive from behind and
level gait throughout.
Hair: Close-lying, double coat; undercoat
short, dense and soft; outer coat harsh, dense and
wiry, together making a weather-resisting
Colour: Black, wheaten or brindle of any
SIZE AND WEIGHT:
Height at the withers: 25 – 28 cms.
Weight: 8,5 - 10,5 kgs.
FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing
points should be considered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault should be
should be in exact proportion to its degree and
its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
- Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
- Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural
abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Male animals should have two apparently normal
testicles fully descended into the scrotum (this
expression is obligatory in every standard).
Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs,
with breed typical conformation should be used for
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