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February 27th, 2019


My friend tagged me with a ☹️ on Facebook which took me to this article found on thekennelclub.org.uk. According to this article, “The Scottish Terrier, more famously known as The Scottie dog and as the face of famous brands such as Radley, has entered the Kennel Club’s list of dog breeds ‘At Watch’ because they number fewer than 450 annual puppy registrations. The breed, chosen as one of the iconic Monopoly counter pieces, has declined by 38 percent in the last five years and only 438 dogs were registered with the Kennel Club in 2018, according to new registration statistics released by the dog welfare organization. More native British breeds, than ever before, are at risk as their popularity declines in the face of ever-increasing demands for new breeds such as the French Bulldog.” Read about it here to see the inspiration behind the Kennel Club’s #savebritishdogbreeds campaign.  From what I can see, there is an increasing demand for crossbred dogs.  I love every dog, but I don’t like the way “breeders” are starting to, for example, cross different breeds with a poodle and then sell it as hypoallergenic, low maintenance or easily trained etc. I understand why people go for them, as they are super cute when they are small, but so are little Scotties, Lakelands and Welshies.

🐶 Has it got to do with temperament?  Yes, terriers are more independent, more challenging and can be a bit feisty with other dogs, but I wouldn’t say it’s a rule. It’s evident in the salon that the crossbreeds can also be nervous, difficult to handle, scared of noises and snappy.  

Regardless of your dogs breed, every owner should put in the effort with training and socialization when it comes to their dog.  This allows for easier handling and for your dog to get used to new noises, sounds, situations and people.  Some dogs need more work than others just as some people need more work than others. Just as we are all different… so are our dogs. 

  🐶 Is it coat care?  The British native terrier breeds like The Scottie, Lakeland, Welsh Terrier, Irish terrier and Glen Of Imaal, all have a harsh coat which should be hand stripped.  Hand stripping is a very laborious task and therefore more expensive than clipping.  On the other hand, they do brush easier and don’t matt as easily as the cross breeds.  Terriers still look very good if they are clipped.  Yes, the coat gets softer and the colour is paler, but if clipped properly it can look great.   Hand stripping stimulation is very beneficial as well.  In this case, we use a Coat King to remove the undercoat and some of the top coat and then clip the rest.  I use this technique on my own Scottie, Mr. Tank, and he looks very smart.  I use it every time I bath him and his coat stays a good colour and texture. My dogs are a pretty good mixture of all the styles.  Tinker Bell (Lakey) is clipped, but so hairy at the moment that she looks like a teddy bear.  Her mum, Adele, has a hand stripped body while the rest is clipped (a very popular style with pet terriers). Richard, the Airedale, is fully hand stripped, as we are showing him, and my Welshies Rosie and Jazmine are clipped too.  Thanks to their breeding line and the coat kind they keep a fantastic colour.
🐶 Is it the sharp expression?  Well… that can be changed. Some of the terrier breeders and owners won’t agree with me but even when it comes to a terrier we can be flexible with styles and have some fun 😬.  In the end, it is only hair… it will grow back and the style can be changed again. 


What made you choose the breed you have? 
Jitka xx


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