5 Ways of Looking at a Scottie

Francis G. Lloyd of Walescott Kennels said it best when he claimed 'All dogs are good; any terrier is better, a Scottie is best'. It is alleged that Franklin D. Roosevelt's Scottish Terrier, Fala, received more fan mail than many President's did. 

  1. In the rugged Highlands of Scotland, he was carefully bred for centuries and kept for the specific purpose of dealing with foxes and otters. It was at this work that the Scottish Terrier won his nickname of Diehard and proved a thousand times that he deserved it. Game and willing fighter that he is, the Diehard is not prone to giving street exhibitions of his prowess, for which we may be thankful, since foxes are not common in our city thoroughfares, nor otters on our village greens. Still, as the man who had a seventy-horse power motor and never drove faster than twenty miles an hour, said, “I like to know I can, if I want to.” —William Haynes, “Scottish and Irish Terriers,” 1912.
  2. You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I had left him behind on the Aleutian Islands and had sent a destroyer back to find him—at a cost to the taxpayers of two or three, or eight or twenty million dollars—his Scotch soul was furious. He has not been the same dog since. I am accustomed to hearing malicious falsehoods about myself … But I think I have a right to resent and object to libelous statements about my dog. —President Franklin Roosevelt, the “Fala Speech,” 1944
  3. His public image is often that of a dour Scot, but to his family and friends he is affectionate and cheerful. Happy to curl up in a favourite armchair, he will soon rouse himself at the slightest sound, when his dark eyes will glint with protectiveness as he prepares to guard his house and home. —Kennel Club (England) breed standard
  4. “It’s too bad that as judges, you miss seeing the broad and complex character that is the Scottish Terrier. You miss out on the rolling eyes, the sighs, the smiles, the selective deafness and all the other myriad aspects of Scottie behavior that both enslave and exasperate their breeders.” —Scottish Terrier Club of America Illustrated Guide
  5. “All dogs are good; any terrier is better; a Scottie is best.” —Francis G. Lloyd, Walescott Kennels