Country/Date of Origin: Scotland/1800s
The Scottie is one of the oldest purebred terriers native to the British Isles. For generations it was bred as an "earth dog" to roust foxes and other vermin out of underground dens. The word "terrier" stems from the Latin word "terra" meaning earth and reflects the early work of the little tykes. Type was standardized in the 1880s and the Scottie was immensely popular as a working ratter in the US. It was one of the founding breeds of the American Kennel Club.