Northeast Florida Scottish Highland Games & Festival
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In 2007 we had 13 of the 14 breeds of Scottish Dogs on display. To learn more about the dogs shown below and all of the other's click here.
Scottish Terriers "Scotty"
The Scottish Terrier, often called the “Scottie," is best recognized for its distinctive profile and hard, wiry, weather-resistant outer coat in a black, brindle or wheaten color. Its beard, eyebrows, legs and lower body furnishings are traditionally shaggy. Like many breeds in the Terrier Group, Scotties are small yet strong and known as fast, alert and playful dogs. The Scottish Terrier is the only breed of dog that has lived in the White House three times, with Presidents Roosevelt and George W. Bush.
Shetland Sheepdog "Sheltie"
The Shetland Sheepdog, or "Sheltie" as it is commonly called, is essentially a working Collie in miniature. A rough-coated, longhaired working dog, he is alert, intensely loyal and highly trainable and is known as a devoted, docile dog with a keen sense of intelligence and understanding. Agile and sturdy, the Sheltie is one of the most successful obedience breeds, but also excels in agility, herding and conformation. The coat can be black, blue merle or sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan. Like the Collie, the Sheltie’s history traces back to the Border Collie of Scotland, which, after being transported to the Shetland Islands and crossed with small, intelligent, longhaired breeds, was eventually reduced to miniature proportions. Over time, subsequent crosses were made with Collies. The breed worked as farm helpers and home protectors, watching over crofters’ cottages, flocks and herds from invaders of all kinds.
The Scottish Deerhound was first registered by the AKC in 1886, and Bonnie Robin was the name of the first registered dog. At one point in history, no one of rank lower than an earl might possess a Scottish Deerhound. The Scottish Deerhound breed became so prized that exclusive ownership became a priority, imposing breeding privileges. At one point, the breed almost became extinct because of these policies. Scottish Deerhounds are usually hunted singly or in pairs. The Scottish Deerhound is so valuable not only because it is rare, but because it possesses a preeminent hunting ability.
West Highland Terrier "Westie"
The hardy West Highland White Terrier, more commonly known as the "Westie," is known for its friendly, strong-willed personality and a remarkably bright white coat. Said to be "all terrier," this breed possesses a large amount of spunk, determination and devotion stuffed into a compact little body. The confident Westie excels in a variety of AKC events, from conformation to agility to obedience. The West Highland White Terrier is said to originate from Poltalloch, Scotland, and due to this, was originally known as the Poltalloch Terrier. He was also sometimes referred to as the Roseneath Terrier, after the Duke of Argyll’s estate. The Westie was first shown in the United States in 1906 under the Roseneath name, but this was changed in 1909 and he has been known as the West Highland White Terrier ever since.
Scottish Border Collies
The Border Collie is AKC's 139th breed. The Border Collie was featured in the hit movie, "Babe". "Collie" is a Scottish dialect word used to describe sheepdogs, including Border Collies. The 18th century poet laureate of Scotland, Robert Burns, accurately described the essence of the Border Collie, describing it as "honest" and "faithful". The Border Collie was first classified as the "Scotch Sheep Dog". In the second half of the 19th century, Queen Victoria spotted a Border Collie and became an active enthusiast (at this point, the divergence between our modern Collie and the Border Collie began). Border Collies are famous for their work in sheepherding, including sheepherding trials; a Border Collie fancier, Mr. R.J. Lloyd Price, is credited with the institution of sheepdog trials in 1876.
There are many other breeds of Scottish dogs. We have listed a few. For more information on Scottish Dogs
(Please note that there are no pets allowed at the games other than service animals that are properly marked.)
All information about the Scottish dogs came direct from AKC.org