Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Stupid Scotties?

Wait! Before you all bite my head off... Let me explain!

The other day, out of curiosity my Human was filling out one of those "What Sort of Dog Should I Get?" quizzes. Which for reasons unknown to either of us,  did not tell her she should have a Scottie, but suggested some doggy called a Schipperke...

Anyway, when she was done, she read the site's description of Scotties.

We were both taken-a-back by what it said... to say the least!!
Scottish Terrier Size: Medium. Large.
Coat: Bristly. Wavy/Wiry.
Coat length: Medium.
Grooming: Easy, low-maintenance.
Unlikely to drool.
Moderate shedding.
Very low activity level.
Lowest intelligence.
Tolerates other pets fairly well.
Wary of strangers.
Good with kids four and up.
Rather affectionate.
Moderately independent.
Fairly vocal.
Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan.
Somewhat harder than average to train.

DESPITE the glaringly obvious ERROR... There were a few things that had me raising my fuzzy little eyebrows...

I wouldn't really ever use the words "easy" or "low-maintenance" to describe the grooming needs of a Scottie...

Nor would I ever describe my activity levels as "very low"... Why, right before I sat down to write this post, wearing my usual reading glasses and bow-tie, I was engaged in a rather raucous game of bitey-face with Floyd!

Now, to the biggest issue of all... Intelligence... How dare they! My human is always telling me I'm a clever little boy! How could she be wrong?!

She wouldn't be telling me fibs... Would she?

She's not inflating my ego... Is she?

I AM a clever little boy... Aren't I?

Wait, wait wait! What am I saying?! Of cause she isn't! Of course I'm clever! I'm a Scottie!

We, as all you other Scotts out there know, are all excessively bright and the best at everything we ever try our paws at, ever!!

How could I ever doubt myself, and let a silly little website tell me anything different!!

PeeS: Happy half birthday to me, I'm 6 months old today!


  1. Dougall you look so intelligents in your glass and happy half a barkday. NOW about those statements, not very many were correct.
    Size; Samll, thinking large
    Coat; well somewhat
    Lenght; Mine long, Bites short
    Grooming; JUST WRONG
    Drool; only in site of food
    Activity; very activite
    Shedding; give em that one
    Intelligent; Off the scale, bites can spell
    Tolerate; OK
    Good with kids; till they pull your hair out
    Affectionate; By all means
    Vocal; Me & bites YES, YES, YES
    Lifespan: we will go with it
    Training; Aaahhhhh, well yes & no

    Susie & Bites

    1. We would all have to be pretty intelligent to keep these blogs we have, wouldn't you say?

  2. LOWEST INTELLIGENCE???? R U Kidding moi????

    Like I've said soooo many times "humans say some kerazy things!"

    Happy Half Birthday!

    Aroo, Stuart

  3. What kind of crazy human wrote that! Obviously one that hasn't been TRAINED by a scottie and believe us, you need INTELLIGENCE to train a human!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  4. Happy 6 months Birthday Dougall Dog!!! Who ever wrote that Scottie description is a moron. I like Susie & Bites description much better!
    Alyssa, Mr. Fox & Scruffy

    1. Maybe it is them who have the lowest intelligence!

  5. Obviously, this website does not know Scotties OR terriers AT ALL! To even to start to say ANY pup in the terrier family is of 'low intelligence' is the most absurd thing I have ever heard! The person who thought this algorithm up, is the moron.
    Anyhu, HAPPY, HAPPY BRTHDAY!!! I say have your Moms give ya some ice cream!!



    1. hmm....perhaps it's opposite day over that website??

      edgar & his mum

    2. Ice cream... I wonder what that tastes like... I'll see what I can do about that.

  6. The one I'd like to keep is the lifespan one. We're losing too many friends when they reach double digits (and I'm 10).

  7. Oh Dougall, Dougall, Dougall, I am truly bemused by this. 'Lowest intelligence'?? Well, for starters, that is very poor grammar so I think that's something we should point out to the author of that little article - and low activity? Now, I'm very confused - I may not be a Scottie but well, Westies aren't really that far removed and low activity would NOT describe me!!! And you are certainly one bright dog so let's just ignore that article altogether!



  8. Dougall, Happy Half Birthday to you my sweet and very intelligent pal. That description was obviously written by a squirrel or possibly a jealous possom. How dare they suggest "lowest intelligence" I fear to think how they would describe a shih tzu. Dougall please pay no mind to these idiot ramblings. Your true pals know you for what you are, a perfectly wonderful and beautiful Scottie.

    Loveys Sasha

    p.s. I was also surprised about the grooming, I am thinking there is more than low maintenance there also as there is with me.

    1. Sounds like you're on to something... Jealous possom, that would explain everything!

  9. Firstly Dougall happy 6th month birthday. Secondly we agree that the website is a stupid one that should be ignored from hence forth. Low intelligence I ask you.......how dare they. Lot of rubbish. We love the glasses and bow tie. Love to Floydie. Have a great day.
    Best wishes Molly

    1. The website must be the one with the low intelligence!

  10. OMG, we just love that picture of you, Dougall! You look so smart and studious and handsome - well, you are!
    Happy 6 months birthday!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  11. One time mommy filled out one of those stupid things and it said she should get a Japanese Spitz, but she got me instead :) Those things are never true, Dougy buddy, besides, you're one of the smartest dogs I know!:)

  12. Who makes these quizzes? I don't think there are ever any "dumb" dogs - just ignorant owners. You look very smart (and quite dashing in your get up) - so don't pay attention to that website. I don't like blanket labels anyway - every bird, dog, cat, human is unique and has their/its own unique personality. And happy 1/2 birthday! I thought only Fonzie celebrated half birthdays! ;)

    1. Well, I thought, us doggies don't have as many whole birthdays as humans. We should be allowed to celebrate the half ones as well!

  13. Happy 6 months birthday you Scotie of all Scotties.


  14. Those six months just went by so fast. You are growing into an intelligent big boy. Now for the person who wrote that about Scots their IQ is a big fat ZERO!
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

    1. I won't argue with you on either of those points!

  15. Belated Happy 6 months barkday Dougall!! Our mom wants to go and take dat quiz, of course fur her a boxer is da best match! ;)
    We thinks you is smarter den smart fur sure!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

    1. Thanks so much guys! I guess Boxers are alright... I have one for a brudder ya know!

  16. yah some answers are wrong: Here are my answers:
    Scottish Terrier Size: Medium.
    Coat: Wavy
    Coat length: Medium.
    Grooming: every 3 months to the groomer
    Unlikely to drool. Nope, dont drool
    Moderate shedding. I Dont shed
    Very low activity level. no, I am very active
    Lowest intelligence. No, I am a smarty pants
    Tolerates other pets fairly well. yep
    Wary of strangers.Nope, I love strangers too as long as they give me attention!!
    Good with kids four and up. I am good with ALL ages even babies
    Rather affectionate. yep
    Moderately independent. Yep
    Fairly vocal. Yep
    Somewhat longer than average estimated lifespan. dunno, I am still here
    Somewhat harder than average to train. Ummmm I like to march to the beat of a different drummer BOL

    Happy 6 mo birthday too.


    1. I think us Scotts all march to a diffurent beat! The beat of a pipe band!! BOL!!

  17. Do what we do and find another website :) Clearly, the one you were reading was written by someone who didn't have a clue! You rock!!!

  18. Who says your stoopid!!! Let me just say, that really hurts and its sooo mean! I believe Scotties can be too smart for their own good.

    I love the picture of you with the bow and glasses, by the way.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  19. Happy six months, Dougall!
    And yes, NO DOG in the terrier family would be even close to "lowest intelligence"! Ludicrous!
    Your fellow beards,
    Joules & Prescott