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Special Concerns

As with other terriers, the Scottie loves activity and human companionship. When deprived of this, the Scottie can develop behavior problems. Some enjoy digging in the yard and others have an overwhelming desire to chase small critters.

Common Diseases and Disorders

In general, the Scottish Terrier is a healthy dog with few medical concerns. However, the following diseases or disorders have been reported:

  • Hypothyroidism results when the thyroid gland does not function adequately. Without enough thyroid hormone, illness can occur.
  • Demodectic mange is a parasitic skin disease caused by a mite. Hair loss and itchiness are common.
  • Atopy is an skin disease caused by various allergies.
  • Mast cell tumors are malignant tumors than can occur in the skin or within the body.
  • Melanoma is a tumor arising from melanocytes, which are the cells that produce pigment.
  • Cutaneous histiocytoma – is a benign tumor of the skin that can affect young dogs.
  • Von Willebrand Disease is a blood clotting disorder that can result in prolonged or excessive bleeding.
  • Cataracts cause a loss of the normal transparency of the lens of the eye. The problem can occur in one or both eyes and can lead to blindness.
  • Lens luxation is a dislocation or displacement of the lens within the eye.
  • Dystocia is the term used to describe difficult birthing. Due to their large heads, it is difficult for the mother to pass the puppies vaginally and most bulldogs have cesareans to deliver their babies.
  • Bladder cancer is unfortunately relatively common. Of all the AKC breeds, the Scottie has the highest rate of this type of cancer.
  • Scottie cramp is a rare neurologic disorder that results in periodic muscle cramping.
  • Lymphosarcoma, also known as lymphoma, is a malignant cancer that involves the lymphoid system.
  • Craniomandibular osteopathy (CMO) is a non-cancerous disorder that almost exclusively affects the bones of the head.
  • Congenital deafness can be present at birth in some dogs.

    Life Span

    The average life span of the Scottish terrier is approximately 10 to 13 years.

    We realize that each dog is unique and may display other characteristics. This profile provides generally accepted breed information only.

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