Scottish Terrier Question

Is the Scottish Terrier a breed that would be okay as an outside dog in N TX? Hot in the summer...


Is the Scottish Terrier a breed that would be okay as an outside dog in N TX? Hot in the summer relatively mild winter most of the time. Is their small size an issue with living outside (large fenced yard)?

    In Scottish Terrier - Asked by Anonymous - 11/30/2010 4:04:01 PM
There are 2 problems with this - 1) Scottish terriers are built for life in the british isles, where it is cold and wet half of the year or more - a scottie, especially one with dark fur, would totally roast outside in a Texas summer. 2) Scotties are not a breed which can live outside, away from the family pack. The dog will quickly become depressed and express bad behavior. If you want a dog that will do well living outside all the time, a scottie is NOT for you.
    Answered by melodie.chastain - 12/1/2010 5:04:34 PM


We live in North Texas! Actually Scotties do well here but I would not leave them outdoors 24/7. They tolerate heat better than some of the large breeds which are known to suffer from heat in our area. My vet has told me the worst breeds (least tolerant of heat extreme) are bulldogs, mastiffs and pyrenees.) Scotties are the toughest little dogs I know! But they are not built to live outside in 100 degree summers! I keep mine in a pretty short between April and October! The bigger issue here is that Scotties need human attention and left to their own devices will get over protective and not be very friendly with others in general, human or animals.
    Answered by lbollengier - 12/17/2010 4:15:46 PM
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Scotties would do very well in North Texas and outside. Mine do great in Oklahoma. You just have to make sure they can not get out of the yard, because they will wonder off!
    Answered by smoorescotties - 1/28/2011 6:27:22 PM
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We have a Scottie and live near Dallas. He does very well but I would agree with one of the other answers in that you don't need to leave them outside for long periods. Generally they will show you pretty quick they are ready to go back inside if its warm. They really have the most personality of any dog I've ever been buddies with.
    Answered by Anonymous - 5/28/2011 10:16:54 PM