Breeder Chairperson: Lisa Kincheloe 831-757-9585 email@example.com
|J-Mar Scottish Terriers||Jerry & Peggy Burge||San Jose, CA||Phone: (408) 393-0204
|Paloma Scottish Terriers||Adrian & Linda Sanchez||Lancaster, CA||Phone: (661) 722-1554
|XTC Scotties||Nancy Xander||Van Nuys, CA||Phone: (818) 895-0507
|Glenkinch||Tom & Lisa Kincheloe||Prunedale, CA||Phone:(831) 757-9585
Buying A Scottie
If you are seriously considering a Scottish Terrier it is paramount that you learn as much possible about the breed. This can be accomplished by reading, talking to owners, contacting reputable breeders, attending sanctioned matches, shows, and specialty shows. Contacting a regional Scottish Terrier Club, local all-breed dog club, the AKC (American Kennel Club) and STCA (Scottish Terrier Club of America) are good places to start and excellent sources of information.
Owning a Scottie is a LIFETIME COMMITMENT!
Owning a Scottish Terrier or any animal is a serious undertaking and should be entered into with only the very best in mind for the animal. Far too often pets are acquired without the proper knowledge, understanding, and concern necessary for a successful pet owner relationship. Pet ownership is not temporary or something that should be discarded if you suddenly have a change of heart and decide that owning a pet is not for you.
Consider carefully the pros and con of pet ownership before accepting the responsibility of such an alliance. Do not rush into buying a pet, take time and consider just how this venture may affect you and the entire family. Remember, you will be introducing a new member to the family that may well be with you for ten to fifteen years. This is no small undertaking, it is an acquisition of MAJOR PROPORTIONS.
Study the breed you “think” you are interested in by attending local dog shows and speaking to reputable breeders. See first hand the dog or cat in which you are interested in all levels of its growth and development. That cute, cuddly little puppy will eventually become a full-grown adult dog. Is it what you expected? For example:
- Do you have the home, yard space and all to properly take care of a dog?
- Is your property and swimming pool properly fenced for the containment and safety of your animal?
- Have you the temperament, strength and time needed to raise and properly train the pet of your choice?
These are only a few of the questions you must contemplate before you can make an intelligent and responsible decision when acquiring a pet.
If, and only if, you decide you’re ready for the lifetime commitment of owning a Scottish Terrier, and that your circumstances are appropriate should you move to the next stage:
Gender and Age
Before acquiring a Scottish Terrier give some serious thought to gender and age. If buying a puppy, make certain the puppy is no younger than ten to twelve weeks. Reputable breeders will not sell puppies until they are mature enough to leave the mother.
- The female will generally mature faster than the male and will therefore assume an earlier adult behavior. They will usually come into season every six months, unless spayed, and will require special attention and care during this time to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
- The male, once reaching puberty (approximately six months) will be fertile and capable of mating at any time and usually will when given the opportunity. It is not at all uncommon for a twelve or thirteen year old male to impregnate a bitch in season. The male, although fully developed sexually by six months, will retain his puppy behavior for a longer period of time than the female. He also becomes observant at this time of territorial boundaries and will begin lifting his leg to urinate.
- Keep in mind that Scottish Terriers, especially the males, do not mature fully until approximately two years old. If you think you might possibly be interested in breeding, it is important that you do not breed too young. A responsible breeding schedule is not to breed a male earlier than nine months and not before the second season for a female and only then if both animals are in excellent health. However, if you are primarily looking for a well bred, healthy puppy as a pet, either a male or female should prove a most welcome addition to the family.