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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Scotchi is a mixed dog, its parents being two purebreds, the Chihuahua and the Scottish Terrier. He is also known as Scotchahua, a Chihuahua/Scottish Terrier Mix and a Scottie Chihuahua. He is a small cross with a life span of 12 to 15 years. He is a bold and confident but is very needy and will expect to get a lot of attention and affection from you.

The Scotchi is a bold, and confident dog who will offer the right owner companionship and affection. He will be loyal but he will also be needy. He will want your attention often and he will follow you around the house. He will need early socialization as he is not good around other dogs and sometimes not around other pets either.

Here is the Scotchi at a Glance
Average height 8 to 11 inches
Average weight 16 to 20 pounds
Coat type Coarse, wiry or short but can be longer
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Scottish Terrier is)
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Low to good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good – needs socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Anywhere from low to fairly high depends on if he is more like the Scottish Terrier or the Chihuahua
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good – may be better for an experienced owner
Trainability Difficult
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Average
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Craniomandibular osteopathy, Open Fontanel, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus,
Other Health Concerns Shivering, Scottie Cramp
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $450
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $275 to $375

Where does the Scotchi come from?

The Scotchi is one of hundreds of deliberately bred first generation mixed dogs, now being called Designer dogs. Usually bred using two different purebreds these dogs are being given names that blend those parent’s names together. A lot of people are looking for unusual mixes, thanks in part to celebrities also owning them and being seen with them. This trend has a mixed reception from dog lovers as there are many concerned over the amount of puppy mills springing up as a result and the crazy prices that are being charged for them. As most designer dogs do not have origins known we look at the parents backgrounds to get a better feel for their offspring. Keep in mind that there can be any mix of traits and looks from either parent with first generation breeding.

The Scottish Terrier

While it is known that the Scottish Terrier is an old breed the actual details of his origins and not known. It was a hunting dog and it is thought he has ancestors dating back to the Roman invasion of Britain when reference to a small dog is found in some of the writings. The term terrarii was given to the dogs meaning worker of the earth. In the 1600s James I sent some to France as a gift to the French King. His love of the breed increased their popularity. In the 1800s the many terriers in Scotland were split into two groups, the Skye terriers and the Dandie Dinmont Terriers. The Scottish Terrier is in the former group.

Today it is a serious dog with a great deal of independence and reserve. He is smart but while aloof with others he is loving with his family. His devotion is well known but he is a sensitive dog. He adapts well to whatever his owners are feeling. His history of hunting means he still likes to chase smaller animals and if provoked by other dogs he will fight.

The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua does not have origins as clear as some pure breeds. The Chihuahua as we know him can be found in the 1850s in Mexico in a state called Chihuahua hence his name. Americans visiting there brought him home and people fell in love with how small he was. He has grown in popularity and is the 11th top favorite dog out of 155 AKC recognized breeds. The longhaired version came about after he came to America when the original shorthaired version was bred with some long haired dogs.

Today he is a bold and confident dog, alert and suspicious and quite sensitive. He usually bonds more closely to one person and can be reserved around others. If not socialized he can be timid.


The Scotchi is an energetic and happy dog who loves to have fun and play. He likes to laze around in the sun, burrow into blankets like most Chihuahuas and cuddle on your lap. He is bold and very confident but does have the yappiness some small dogs have, which will need to be trained to control. Wherever you go he will likely go too and he tends to bond more closely with one owner, being very devoted. He is a feisty dog and can be aggressive sometimes. With his owners he is sweet and demanding, he loves to receive attention. He is wary around strangers and takes his time to decide whether he is accepting of them. He is sensitive and alert, tough and charming.

What does the Scotchi look like

This is a small dog weighing 16 to 20 pounds and standing 8 to 11 inches tall. He has a mix of both parents in his looks, often having a face like the terrier with bushy eyebrows and the beard, but then having ears like a Chihuahua. He has a long tail, long legs and a coat that can be short or longer, wiry or soft. Common colors are black, tan, brown and white. His body is sturdy and he has almond shaped eyes and a dark nose.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Scotchi need to be?

As a small dog he is great for apartment living, but he will still need outside time every day. A well fenced in yard if you have one is a great place for him to play but it is not a requirement in owning him. As a slightly active dog his indoor play plus at least one brisk walk a day should be enough for him. Make sure he gets mental and physical stimulation to ensure he is happy and healthy.

Does he train quickly?

The Scotchi is not a super easy dog to train as he can be stubborn and he is not the smartest dog around. Because he has aggression towards other animals and dogs though obedience training and early socialization are very important when you own a Scotchi. Be patient and consistent and stay firm making it clear you are the pack leader. Use positive techniques and include leash training in your sessions. Because of the time and experience training him may take he is best not with a first time owner.

Living with a Scotchi

How much grooming is needed?

The Scotchi can be short haired, wiry or even longer haired. The short and long hair versions will shed more than the wiry version so shedding can vary from low to moderate. He will need a brush two to three times a week and a bath just when he is really smelly and dirty. Bathing dogs too often can actually cause dry skin problems as it damages the natural oils. Brush his teeth at least twice a week using a dog toothbrush and toothpaste. Check his ears once a week and give them a wipe clean. His nails will need to be clipped when they get too long but as care needs to be taken here this could be left to a professional.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is good with children generally being playful and active with them but also being affectionate and loving towards them. He is not as good with other pets and smaller animals as he tends to chase them, something he still has from his terrier background. He also does not get on well with other dogs, something he gets from the Chihuahua side so socialization for both those areas is important.

General information

He barks occasionally but he is not the best of watchdogs and may not always alert you to something. He will need to be fed ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food each day. This should be divided into two meals at least.

Health Concerns

There are health issues to be aware of that the Scotchi could inherit from his parents such as Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Craniomandibular osteopathy, Open Fontanel, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Shivering and Scottie Cramp. Make sure you ask for parental health clearances for both parents and visit the puppy before you purchase and this will increase the odds of having a healthier pet.

Costs involved in owning a Scotchi

A Scotchi puppy can cost between $200 to $450. Other initial costs will need to be covered for things such as a collar and leash, crate, carrier, blood tests, deworming, micro chipping, shots, check up and eventual neutering. They should be between $385 to $435. Annual medical costs will come to between $435 to $535 and that will only be for basics like pet insurance, shots, flea prevention and check ups. Annual non-medical costs will come to between $275 to $375 and that will only cover things like licensing, treats, food, toys and training.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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