The Scotchi is the cross between the Scottish Terrier and the Chihuahua breed. They naturally have a compact and sturdy body, with small and heavy legs. Both the ears are pointed and is well complimented by two almond-shaped eyes.
Facts About Scotchi
|Breed Group||Toydog, terrier dog|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Other Names||The Scottie Chihuahua mix|
|Size & Height||Small, 9-10 inches|
|Competitive Registration / Qualification Information||DRA, ACHC, DDKC, IDCR|
|Colour||White, black, cream, chocolate|
|Life Expectancy||12-15 years|
|Coat||Short, wiry and coarse|
Temperament and Personality
The Scotchi is a bold dog, which needs plenty of attention from the owner and his family.This breed is considered to be a sensitive one and is best suited for families without small children, for they can easily get hurt by children. Scotchis are naturally intolerant towards other dogs and animals, but they can live in harmony with other animals if socialized early in their puppyhood.
These dogs prefer older and quieter children, as companions. They easily become wary of strangers, but once they felt safe and secured around them, they will dispose their friendly side to them. It is often noticed that these dogs bond with only a single person in the house, and can suffer from separation anxiety if that person leaves them unattended for a prolonged period.
The Scotchis have a medium energy level and needs regular activities. Because of their small and compact size, these dogs are not suited for daily jogging and walks. Scotchis get most of their exercise requirements being indoors, moving from room to room.
The Scotchi may have hypoallergenic qualities from its Scottish terrier parent. Even if the dog does not have the coat of a Scottish Terrier, it will still need weekly brushing. Hair trimming tools like the pin brush and the slicker brush make the grooming process much hassle-free for the groomer. A well-crafted grooming process designed by a professional groomer will prevent issues like an accumulation of dead hair and tangling of the coat.
The Scotchi can suffer from health issues such as Canine Hip dysplasia, Hydrocephalus, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, Cataracts, Collapsed Trachea, and Dental issues. Occasional tests such as Eye tests, Radiographs, Blood Analysis, and Blood sugar and Thyroid tests will prevent the dog from getting various diseases.
Early socialization training is necessary to reduce the dog’s aggressiveness towards other dogs and animals in the future. Leash training should be complemented with frequent praises and food rewards to accelerate the training process.
A fully matured Scotchi dog needs one and a half cup of dog food on a daily basis.