Interview with Scottish Terrier breeder, Cindy Cook

Here’s the money quote:

The biggest misconception about Scotties is that females make better pets than males. Most breeders will tell you that the males are more affectionate and easier to train than the females.

Agree or disagree?

7 thoughts on “Interview with Scottish Terrier breeder, Cindy Cook

  1. I don’t really have anything to compare to as I have one now and she’s our first – that being said – she’s just wonderful. Very loving but not overly so where she can could be pushy. She’s perfect in every way. Now she was tough to house break but not out of the ordinaryly so I don’t think. I’ll be interested to hear what others have to say.

  2. I have always had male dogs, so I, too, have nothing to compare it to. My Angus is very very loving. As soon as I sit on the sofa, he jumps up and wants to be petted and belly-rubbed. On the other hand, my friend has a female Cairn terrier who never wants to cuddle or give kisses. I think I’ll stick with males.

  3. We had two family dogs when I was growing up. They were both rescue with indeterminate background, but the first was female and probably had some Whippet and Lab ancestors. Tippy was beautifully behaved. Came when called, obeyed all commands, had a gentle, patient disposition and was a paragon. When she passed away at age 14- we were on a “break” from dogs for a while until a street dog (that in retrospect I realize must have been a large part Scottish terrier)needed a home. Suffice it to say- Jack was not beautifully behaved. He was a hole-digging, garbage-eating, runaway pancake with almost every bad habit you could imagine. Fortunately for Jack he was fairly well housebroken and he did have a certain roguish charm, but he was not universally loved outside the family circle.

    My father always attributed the differences between Tippy and Jack as being related to gender and Jack’s first few months at our house as a non-neutered male, but I think the difference was probably more about the originating breeds. Having now lived with a Scottish Terrier for a year and a half or so- I note that he has many of the same instincts as Jack. More interestingly- Jack was abandoned and living on the street in a Montana winter and Brigadoon’s only hardship in life so far has been a week at doggy day care when I flew to Montana- but he and Jack definitely share some common genes.

  4. We have a female scottie who has become the original snugglescot over the last while. I also notice that the girls have no great ambition to be the alpha in the pack.

  5. Both female and male scotties have owned me in my life time. They both have showed the independence and the stubborness of a true scotts- man. When it comes to training I see know difference. If they want to listen they will. If they want to ignore you they will. It didn;t matter if it was one of my males or females. Right now I am owned by three male scotts. Some times I think there is to much test—- in the room. When it comes to love and affection. They both give you their whole heart and sole if you let them.

  6. We’ve always owned females, and they have been very affectionate to most humans, but seem to prefer women over men.

    The male Scotties I’ve known were very affectionate to their human family; not so much to others — scottie trait(not gender specific?)

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