Scottish,West Highland and Skye Terriers
From paintings by Louis Agassiz Fuertes
Of a very different appearance, but with the same stout heart, is the Scottish terrier, or “Scottie,”
as he is familiarly called”-a shortlegged. stocky-bodied, wire-coated “tyke,” who looks like nothing else in the world.
Of course, he hails from the Highlands of Scotland, where he is used to unearth foxes and other “varmints.”
His pluck has earned for him the soubriquet “die-hard.” and usually he “lives” right up to it.
The “Scotty” is a “one-man dog,” There is probably no dog more indifferent to the advances of any one but his own master or mistress. Mrs. Baynes has a Scottish terrier named Heatherbloom.
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The little tyke cares nothing for the other side of the Baynes household, and
only in the absence of her mistress will she condescend to follow him.
For her. other people do not exist, except as things to bark at sometimes. But to the one and only mistress she is loyalty itself.
If separated for five minutes, the little terrier greets her as if she had not seen her for months.
And if Mrs. Baynes is ill, Heather-bloom will lie on the bed hour after hour, her head
between her paws, and her bright eyes, halt screened by her long lashes, steadily shining on the face she loves.
It is trustful eye. homely comeliness, and whimsical playfulness combine
to endear the Scottish terrier strongly, and no dog is more companionable or unobtrusively affectionate.
In these traits lie is much like bis rough little cousin, the West Highland white, from which, in fact, he differs in nothing so much as in the color of his coat.
The Scotty is usually black or very dark grizzled with yellowish tips,
although steel or iron gray, brindlc, sandy anti wheateii specimens tire occasionally seen.
The dark dogs tire much more popular here, however,
A good dog should stand to to 12 inches and weigh 16 to 20 pounds.
The long-whiskered face; low, strong body; short, heavy legs, and
rather heavy though gaily carried tail are all earmarks of the well-bred Scotty.
He is all terrier, and with all his busy, active ways he combines a dignity and solemnity of manner that is very amusing.