Photo: Modern Scottish Terrier
Despite being an old breed, the Scottish Terrier’s history is somewhat obscure and undocumented. The Scottie’s origin is believed to date back to a dog that was described by Pliny the Elder in 55 B.C.
When the Romans invaded Britain, he wrote, “They found, much to their surprise, small dogs that would follow their quarry to the ground.”
The Romans called the dogs terrarii, which means “workers of the earth” and is derived from terra, the Latin word for earth.
The Scottish Terrier was a hunter and still hunts by instinct today.
The Old Scotch Terrier is believed to be one of the oldest breeds in Scotland and the foundation dog for all of today’s terrier breeds.
The breed is extinct today, but was described as a stable worker with strength, courage, and stamina, who could breach his quarry’s rocky dens.
The breed was a black or sandy-colored dog that was low in stature, strong, with long hair and small, half-prick ears.