The Scottish Terrier, also known as the Aberdeen Terrier or Scottie, predictably originates from the country of Scotland. An account of this dog existed as early as the fifteenth century, when a book on Scottish history described it in its pages. King James VI of Scotland became a proponent of the breed when he took the throne in the seventeenth century. He sent six terriers to the French monarch as a gift. The popularity of the breed soon flourished around the world.
These dogs were abundant on the Scottish Highlands, where they were used to hunt vermin, foxes and badgers. They were known for years as “little Skye Terriers”, grouped together with several other breeds. Eventually they were separated into their own breed by the end of the 19th century.
Scotties made their way to American shores in the early 1890s. They became very popular between World War I and World War II. They have found their place into popular culture, having been owned by President George W. Bush and perhaps most famously featured a piece in the game Monopoly.