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Why I love the SCOTTIE DOG!

Updated on September 15, 2014

Scottish Terriers have Big Personalities

A Scottie Dog may be small in stature, but they are filled with BIG personality. The one thing I have LEARNED is never tell a Scottie they are small. They really don't want to hear it, and will have nothing to do with such "small talk."

I guess you can say that a Scottish Terrier is a BIG dog in a small package. Now you may be thinking this is a silly statement since the wee Scottie Dog merely stands a puny 10 inches tall.

Well, let me explain a few things about a Scottie.

While, they may be deficient in the height category, they make up for it in their physique. They are solid as a rock with a chest which almost touches the ground. Their hind legs are solid muscle which enable them to run and juke in the most skillful manner. Think of a running back, fearless and strong with their ability to dodge and then just smash right through the line at that last second. Trying to get the ball from a Scottie who has skillfully hijacked it from a group of kids, is nearly impossible. They will taunt and torment you, and you will LOSE. The only way to win is through some form of bribery or to just pretend you are totally not interested in that stupid ball. Yes you have to outsmart them, but be forewarned they are super smart.

Did you know that Scottish Terriers were bred for hunting of Fox and Badgers? Now the larger dogs actually did the chasing down of the critter, since the Scottie rode on the horse with the hunter, they are not good distance runners. When the fox reached their den or hole, the Scottie was let down and released. Being only 10 inches tall now becomes quite an asset as the Scottie dog just charged right in and made the final kill. Sounds pretty ferocious, but really they aren't.

Photo Credit: ScottiesRock

My Scotties! - Duncan and Brodie

Duncan and Brodie- Photo by ScottiesRock
Duncan and Brodie- Photo by ScottiesRock

These two handsome bearded lads are my boys, Duncan McDuff and Brodie Lochen.

One of the other fun things we Scottie owners get to do is pick out a really awesome Scottish name for our pups. By doing so we tend to learn a lot about the history of Scotland. We thought about naming our new puppy MacBeth until we learned he had cowardly murdered King Duncan. Yikes! We quickly changed our mind. So we chose Brodie, which suits him quite well.

Photo Credit: ScottiesRock

To be chosen by a Scottish Terrier is the best gift of all.

Scottie Dog Gifts

Collecting and finding Scottie Dog gifts is fun. There are so many great items which are tasteful and fun. Here is a sampling of some which I have found.


I have a pineapple on top of my house, however I just informed my husband that it will need to be replaced with a Scottie Weathervane. I never even knew they existed.


Vintage Scottie Dog Advertisements

I love Vintage Scottie Ads and Antiques!!! This may be part of the reason for my allure to the Scottie. I have collected antique ashtrays advertising Black and White Scotch. And Great Paper ads of various products which I like to frame and create a collage effect on a wall. Vintage Cocktail napkins are a favorite find with me and my guests expect to see these when they drop in for a cocktail.

Scottish Terrier Temperament

My Angel
My Angel | Source

They say pictures are worth a thousand words.... than this one should tell the whole story.

Duncan and Brodie put up with our total silliness on a daily basis. I have found that Scottie Dogs are generally easy going, as long as they are treated with kindness and respect. Which is the case with all breeds or any pet for that matter. Scotties are known to be quite independent and a bit head strung. They do things on their own terms and only when they feel like it. A Scottie does need training and direction or they can easily dominate the household. They suffer from a "Napoleon Complex".

They enjoy a good chase and will dash off in the speed of light after a bunny, chipmunk or any other animal which dare to enter their yard. For this reason, it is imperative to keep your Scottie on a lease or contained within a fenced in yard. Some of the animals my Scotties have chased off our property include cats, other dogs, chipmunks, squirrels, foxes, racoons, a skunk (that was a stinky experience), groundhogs, birds, and an emu. Yeah, that is what I said. I know it was a really strange sight to see when I looked out my kitchen window. Apparently, one got loose and somehow found his little old way into our yard, only to be confronted by a barking bearded dwarf.

A few more facts, Scotties tend to be territorial, very alert, quick moving and feisty, perhaps even more so than other terrier breeds. The breed is known to be independent and self-assured, playful, intelligent and has been nicknamed the 'Diehard' because of its rugged nature and endless determination.

The Scottish Terrier Personality - Big-Big-Big

Brodie in his Christmas Attire
Brodie in his Christmas Attire

When you come to visit us, you are greeted enthusiastically by two black bearded dwarfs. Now be forewarned there may be some high jumping going on, they can usually spring about 3 feet off the ground. You would think they have a spring surgically implanted in their hind quarters. It is hard to contain their excitement since they really love people.

Once inside you can expect many toys, balls and bones piling up at your feet. They are merely presenting you with all the things they love. Kind of a sharing gesture, they only want to make sure you are completely comfortable. Now my younger guy may begin to make some grunting noise and push his ball right onto your foot all while he maintains perfect eye contact. Guess you know exactly what he wants. Yep, he is a ball addict.

You are going to have to throw it for him or he will never leave you alone. Oh, yeah he comes right back in two seconds and drops it again at your feet, sitting quietly like a perfect little angel waiting and watching your every move.

Ahhh! Don't worry Brodie will find something else to do or head over to his window with Duncan to keep an eye on the neighborhood. One last thing, before you get up better check your feet you may have a friend or two sleeping on them.

Photo Credit: ScottiesRock

Ninja Scotties
Ninja Scotties

Ninja Terr-tles

The Scottish Terrier is the iconic classic dog.

A Scottish Terrier has quite distinguishing characteristics which make them so unique.

Scotties photograph extremely well whether groomed, shaggy or even as dressed for Halloween as Ninja's.

Scottish Ninja Terr-tles by anitamombanita on flickr

My Securtiy System
My Securtiy System

Scottish Terriers are the best Watch Dogs

Scottie Dogs are unbelievable WATCH DOGS. They don't miss a trick on anything happening on their turf. They'll alert you of any and all activity outside of your home. Now it could just be a squirrel, chipmunk or your neighbors cat but needless to say... you will be warned.

The deep bark which is emitted from the wee bearded fellow does NOT sound like a small guy at all. My Scotties "BIG DOG BARK" have sent many UPS men nervously scurrying back to the safety of their little brown truck.

In this picture, I think they are contemplating their strategy. They spend countless hours on that chair together waiting for something to happen outside.

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Scottie-dogs in the Whitehouse.

The Scottish Terrier is the only breed of dog that has lived in the White House three times, with Presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower and George W. Bush. Their names Fala, Barney and Mrs. Beasley. These Presidents surely had excellent taste.

Scotties are the Best

Scottish Terriers may be the best in my book. But all DOGS are pretty special and honestly to get to share your life with one is absolutely one of the greatest pleasures you can experience in life.

Scottish Terrier Décor

Why not PAMPER yourself or give a loved one a Scottish Terrier gift to show them how much you care. These gifts make the perfect gift for any Scottish Terrier lover. Click on any image below to see the more Scottish Terrier gifts.

My... what big TEETH you have

Did you know that Scottish Terriers Teeth are the almost the size of a GERMAN SHEPHERDS teeth. Really, it is true!!!

SCOTTIES have some serious chompers!

Best Bully Sticks

I remember when I first discovered Bully Sticks. I was goggling trying to find something for my Dogs to keep them busy and to help them clean their teeth. Every type of chew I had given to them they devoured in minutes so I really needed something to keep them busy for a longer period of time which in turn would MAXIMIZE my investment.

Well, I found it... It's Bully Sticks! To find out more about Bully Sticks, Click Here!

Here is a video I found which I had to share. You will see this Scotties huge teeth, but the funny thing are the sounds they make when they are playing. Kinda sounds menacing and evil, NAH! they are just the sounds of a Scottie Dog.

Video by: BlueMaxmb

William Haynes said it BEST:

"Words fail me when I want to describe the Scottish Terrier. To me he is the dog of dogs, my personal opinion being: all dogs are good; any terrier is better; a Scottie is Best! Nobody seems to fall madly in love with a Wee Scottie at first sight, but nobody can live in the same house with him a week and not love him."

Black Painted Iron Scottie Dog Bookends

Adorable Black Painted Iron Scottie Dog Bookends guard your favorite books. These two friendly pups are crafted from cast iron with intricate detail and painted with beautiful colors. The black Scotties wear vibrant red collars and stand on lush green grass. They are the perfect gift for any Scottie lover. Dimensions: 4.75W x 4D x 6H inches. Manufactured by AA Importing who was the leading company in the world in the field of antique reproductions utilizing a variety of materials including porcelain glass iron brass and ceramic.

Duncan and Brodie
Duncan and Brodie

Update as of 4/12/12

Duncan crossed the Rainbow Bridge on March 26th 2012 at the young age of 9. It was very unexpected and quick and left us with a huge gaping hole in our hearts. He died in my arms at the Vet ER, as I held him, he looked me straight in the eyes and suddenly slipped away.

We were told that night that he had a heart tumor and his prognosis was extremely poor but no one expected him to die that night. However, it may have been a blessing.

It has been hard for my family and I to deal with his loss, but we are so thankful that he did not suffer. I think I understand now why he looked at me like that. It was to say I love you and goodbye. And I am so grateful for the 9 years of happiness he brought to my family and I.

Brodie, his 1 1/2 year old brother misses him terribly and has just recently stopped looking for him. The other day, I called our breeder and asked to be put on their waiting list for another black Scottie, male of course. So now we wait. I will keep you posted.

Thanks so much for visiting this lens. I am so proud of my both of my boys, especially Duncan. He was truly an exceptional Dog and will be in my heart forever. :)

Photo: Duncan (left) and Brodie (right) - My daughter took this picture on 3/25/12, the day before Duncan crossed Rainbow Bridge.

Update as of 11/3/12

Brodie and Sully
Brodie and Sully

I am the proud Mommy of a new little furry bundle of joy whom we named Sully. He is adorable and we love him so much. And best of all so does Brodie! We look forward to the fun and joy this little Scottie Dog will bring to our lives.

Here's Sully!

Here's Sully!
Here's Sully!

I hope you have learned something new about the fabulous Scottie Dog. They are truly a spectacular breed and have so many fabulous qualities. I am sure you can see why I love them so. Do you have a favorite Dog?

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      Melena Farley and Scotland Yard 23 months ago

      I have read Your story a couple times and cried both times. Loosing a family member is difficult whether it's the human kind, furry kind or furry human kind lol

      We lost our basset hound last October only 2 weeks before our fur baby Scottish terrier, Scotland Yard came home. I was devastated but our new boy has helped heal my heart.

      I've never had such a loyal, silly, intelligent, did I say loyal, adorable, dog in my life.

      Scotland is now 8 months old and still absolute will not leave our side. He has to be near my husband or myself ever second.

      My husband and I have such love for this little guy. There is never a dull moment and i find myself smiling at him constantly. CONSTANTLY.

      sadly grooming is our only problem. No one in our area does hand stripping and I don't want to mess it up. Soooooo he's a little ball of fluff. Covered in fluff. Dripping with fluff. Dipped in fluff. Sprinkled with fluff. Drizzled in fluff. Stuffed with fluff. I'm sure you get the picture. ;)

      I'm finding he is very happy when he gets to visit our sisters Great Pyrenees dog. He's massing weighing around 130 pounds and is gentle with Scotland Yard. Although Scotland Yard isn't as gentle. So we feel another dog would do him great good.

      I loved reading your story. And I find so much if it very true with my boy as well. I'm so glad you shared this.

      How is your new fur baby doing?

      Has she settled in nicely?

      I'd show you a picture of Scotland Yard but I have no place to load it.

      Ps. If we get a girl Scotty her name will be lochness monster ;)

      Take care.

      Melena cyan Farley

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      barkingmadtraining 4 years ago

      This anti dog barking device is camouflaged as an attractive little bird house so it blends in well with garden surroundings instead of being an eyesore.

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @anonymous: So Sorry to hear about Lucy. It is so hard to handle when something happens without warning and so sudden. Bella misses her sister and it will take time for her heart to heal as well as yours. Give her lots of love and heal slowly together. Best of luck to you. It is so hard, I know. I can finally talk about Duncan again and I only have wonderful and happy memories of him. No more sadness. And my two boys keep me very busy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Scotties-Rock: Lucy died suddenly Monday night (04/24). She got pulmonary edema and died within 4 hours of rushing her to the vet. The vet thinks she may have had an underlying problem that caused her lungs to fill with fluid within 1-2 hrs after showing that she was in distress. Not heart disease but things maybe it was a clot. We are devastated and grieving and our hearts are broken. Bella is sad and I don't know what to do for her. I know she is grieving as they have been inseparable since birth 9 years ago. Any suggestions.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @anonymous: Bella and Lucy sound like wonderful girls. It is funny how they will sit and stare out a window for hours just waiting for that opportune moment and than the barking begins. They truly are amazing watchdogs and nothing gets past them. And really great vermin hunters. :) Thanks for visiting and have a great day.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have had the real pleasure of owing Scotties since 1992. Two nine year old females own me right now and they are sisters. They're Arabella Rose (Bella for short) and her sister Lucinda Rose (Lucy for short). We live on 6 acres and boy are they rascally little hunters. Our driveway is long and we have a window with a low windowsill facing the driveway and they both stand there many times a day looking out the window. They look just like the cutest little gnomes with their bright, inquisitive eyes. They're the most wonderful breed of dog and I don't think I'll ever own another breed.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      @Scotties-Rock: When you think of it, you would assume that most breeders are like Shady Nook - breeders should love dogs. Good for you for taking out the time to find out that they were reputable.

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      Titia Geertman 5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      The first dog I remember was a Scottie, called Omar, way back just after WW2. OMG how time flies, makes me realize I'm getting old. LOL Great dogs they are. Many many years later I owned and breeded Sky Terriers, very much the same attitude as Scotties have. Blessed.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks for visiting! Shady Nook is a wonderful breeder. Both times I had to wait many months for a Scottie. It is so exciting to get that call that my Scottie Baby was born. And she sends pictures each week. They also rescue Scotties and find homes for them. And another interesting fact is that you sign a contract that if for any reason you cannot keep your Scottie, than you must return them to Shady Nook. I think that shows they have more interest in Scotties than just making money. I am looking at rescue dogs in my future. Scotties of course or maybe just Terriers or not! Oh, I just love all DOGS!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This is an adorable lens. I'll admit that I am a mixed breed kind of gal with a leaning towards animal rescue. But I have realized that some people just love their purebreds, and they deserve to find responsible breeders like the one you found, that improve the breed. I went to the website and the breeders said that they did not have puppies all the time, which impressed me as responsible breeders. I would always visit the home of the breeders. Anyway, these Scotties are very cute, and they obviously have you wrapped around their little furry paws. Pinned to my dog board and blessed.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @Titia: Thanks so much for the blessing! I truly appreciate it. Sky Terriers are beautiful dogs too. Breeding must have been interesting. Thanks so much for the visit and your kind words.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @AnnRadley: Thanks for visiting and your warm message. Dogs are all amazing and such wonderful faithful furry friends.

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      AnnRadley 5 years ago

      Such charming intelligent dogs. And I sorry for your loss. I love my two boys so much - a whippet and a feisty poodle--?something? Thanks for your beautifully written lens.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @Board-Game-Brooke: Thanks so much for your condolences. We miss Duncan everyday. But are so thankful to have Brodie and our new little buddy "Sully". :) Have a great Holiday!

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      What lovely dogs! I'm sorry for your loss earlier this year, but glad to see that Brodie now has another companion.

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      LiliLove 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing your story!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @anonymous: Thanks so much. I love the names of your Scotties. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Enjoyed reading about your Scotties and so sad to hear that you lost Duncan. I have two Scottie boys myself, a black 4 year old named Colby Jack and we recently got his little brother a wheaten named Pepper Jack who is now 12 weeks. They bring me so much joy everyday.

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      Jo11 5 years ago

      What an inspirational lens - great content and stories. But teared up about dear Duncan & his recent passing.. truly saddened for your loss.

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      Lemming13 5 years ago

      Lovely lens, so sorry you lost Duncan but he will be waiting just around the corner.

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      PuppiesUnleashed 6 years ago

      Great Lens, thanks so much for stopping by my corner.

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      DIY Mary 6 years ago

      I love Scotties, and yours are adorable! (I'm so sorry about your losing Duncan.)

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      VeseliDan 6 years ago

      These dogs are very cute. I wish I could adopt one!

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      Sheila 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      This is just the bestest lens!!! i was privileged to have a Scotty named Brooke in my rescue for awhile... she was a great dog. Fit right in with the Schnauzers! Your lens gave me smile after smile... blessed!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens about such cute pups - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      KateHonebrink 6 years ago

      I have a newfound respect for Scotties! Thanks for enlightening me!! Great lens!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awwww, can we say adorable! Congratulations on making Squidoo's 50 Dogs We Love list!

      Blessed by a puppy luvin Squidoo Angel

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      The Scottie Dog is such a personable "old soul" of a dog.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Had to come back and *bless* your dog article ... coming from one dog lover to another!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      What a delightful peek into a Scottie Dog lifestyle. I love seeing original pictures on articles and reading the stories of how they came about. This was really a fun article.

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      imolaK 6 years ago

      I had a Westhighland White terrier when I was a child.


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      flicker lm 6 years ago

      Enjoyed meeting your Scotties! Thanks for sharing their story.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Such a cute lens, all your pictures are adorable!!

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      7thStone 6 years ago

      Loved meeting Duncan & Brodie ... they're absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing this glimpse into their lives :)

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Absolutely darling lens and information about Scotties...Duncan McDuff and Brodie Lochen are adorable, very cute their costumes.

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Such a cute lens. Your pictures are so sweet.

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @renstar lm: Kingston is adorable!

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @ohcaroline: Thanks so much!

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @Johanna Eisler: Thanks for visiting. I will have to re-watch Lady and the tramp. I forgot about that famous Scottie!!! :)

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @kimark421: Yes they do think they are big. When I had to move my older one to a new groomer, I was concerned because he had gone to the same one for years, but she sold the shop. Anyway, I sent special treats in for the new groomer to hand out to him during his spa treatment. :) And he truly loves her and can't wait to see her. My younger one had no problems, he just followed the footsteps of his older brother. It's a matter of trust for them. They just don't trust everyone right away, it is something which must be earned. Pretty smart... )

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Great lens! We do quite a few Scotties in our grooming shops, and I love them all (but they don't all love me, I'm the guy that bathes and dries them) How can you not fall in love with a 10 inch dog that thinks he/she is 3 feet tall??

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      Johanna Eisler 6 years ago

      Your Scotties are adorable! I first started to love Scotties when I watched "Lady and the Tramp" as a child. Jock was such a kind, loyal dog!

      I definitely LIKE this lens! :)

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      What a great article about your Scotties. So cute.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great work! this was a fun read. I am a scottie lover as well :) here is a video of my pretty girl.

      i have a few others on my youtube page as well

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      sheezie77 6 years ago

      Very nice lens, interesting reading! Thumbs up

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      renstar lm 6 years ago

      Great lens, My uncle has a Scottie dog, I was going to get a Standard Schnauzer but for some strange reason I ended up with a Rottweiler crossed with a Staffordshire bull terrier called Kingston, I made a Lens just for him check it out @

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      no one can question your love for your Scottie dog that is for sure! enjoyed what you've done here, thank you indeed.