Scottish Terriers think they are big dogs and have the boldness and courage to match. To outsiders, Scotties appear somewhat morose and serious, but they are cheerful and affectionate around family and friends. Children must be taught that these dogs are not toys and should be given the respect they deserve. They will get along well with other household animals.
This breed was first recorded in 1859 as the Aberdeen Terrier, the area of Scotland in which they were mostly bred. They are closely related to the west Highland White Terrier. These dogs were used to extract pests from barns and other places.