Today, I stumbled across another article which depicted the beloved Scottish Terrier as an unpopular pup. According to 20 Dog Breeds that Have Fallen in Popularity Over the Past Decade, Scottish Terriers are in a four-way tie with our friends the Italian Greyhounds, the English Setter and the White Fox Terrier for last place. This means that there was a significant decline in Scottish Terrier ownership between 2002-2012 but not enough for the breed to claim the "top" spot as the breed whose popularity declined the most in 10 years. The article states:
No. 17 (tie): Scottish Terrier - No. 65 in 2002, No. 90 in 2012
He's lively and intelligent, but the Scottish Terrier can also be quite serious and scrappy with other dogs. He's affectionate to those he likes but may take awhile to warm up to strangers, and, as a terrier, he'll hunt little critters that cross his path.
Now, allow me to be quite serious and scrappy with the author of this article for a moment. I'm interested to know: what is the point of this article and what purpose does it serve? To me, these breed rankings and popularity charts serve no purpose other than to help irresponsible breeders determine which breed to exploit next and which to forget. In that case, I'm glad the beloved Scottie dogs find themselves on the "least popular" list. Can you imagine what might happen if they were listed among the "20 Hottest" Dog Breeds and Mixes?
Alas, now is not a time for grumbling but a time for Scottie Moms and Dads to come together in support of the breed that is so loved. (And, if you're looking for a place to start, check out my Top 10 Reasons to Love Scotties). While there is no denying that Scottish Terrier ownership is going down, the same simply cannot be said for the dedication to the breed among the lucky few who are destined to be Scottie Moms and Dads. Popularity is merely defined as being suited to the tastes of the general public, which as history has shown, can be very fickle once a trend has passed. What are some of the Scottie's characteristics that won you over as a Scottie Mom or Dad?