Scotland is a beautiful green country with absolutely stunning lakes and hills as well as many amazing places to visit. They are known for their whiskey, kilts and historic castles. However, in Scotland we like their dog breeds best.
Scottish dog breeds come in all shapes and sizes and the Scots have bred some of the smartest, best working breeds in the world. We love their lovable characters and intelligence. One of the Scottish dog breeds is the border collie, which is the most intelligent dog breed in the world. There are many other dog breeds as well.
1). Border collies
Let’s start this list with the breed we already mentioned – the border collie. This is known as the smartest dog breed in the world. Border Collies are herding dogs, and if you ever get the chance, see how these dogs find the herd. We promise it’s something you won’t soon forget.
Border collies are active dogs that like to spend time with their masters. These dogs are highly active. They will not thrive in inactive families that do not have time to work with them. Borders need an incredible amount of physical and mental activity. Fortunately, they are very easy to work with. Border collies excel in dog sports such as agility, obedience or rally.
2). Golden retriever
The Golden Retriever is a Scottish dog breed, which many owners and lovers know. Originally bred as shooting dogs, many Goldens still maintain their hunting jobs. They have a “soft jaw” which means they are the best at getting prey without damaging it. Their thick double coat also protects them from cold water and weather, which is useful as they are usually used for hunting waterfowl.
Golden retrievers have been the most popular family dog breed in the US for ten years. Their sweet, playful and loving nature makes them easy to handle and fantastic with children. Their endless patience and kindness make golden retrievers an ideal choice for first-time owners.
3). Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog or Sheltie is a small working breed known for its wonderfully luscious coat. They have a thick double coat, the main task of which is to protect these dogs from the cold Scottish winds. These relatively small sheepdogs are incredibly smart, and this is one of their most popular qualities.
Shetland sheepdogs are intelligent, friendly (even to strangers) and get along with everyone. These dogs make great working and family pets. One thing they will need, however, is activity. They are not as active as border collies, but they are still quite active. Fortunately, if you take them outside for some playtime, they won’t mind having some downtime for the next few days.
4). Scottish Deerhound
One of the most impressive dog breeds in the world, not just in Scotland, is the Scottish Deerhound. These amazing giant dogs are awesome. They are among the largest dogs and have a royal history. These dogs were on the verge of extinction as ownership was only allowed to nobles and royalty. If a commoner harmed one of these dogs, the lords could execute or imprison them.
These dogs were used to hunt deer. Only a giant dog could catch a wild Scottish deer. They are large deer and a special dog was needed to chase them. Modern Scottish Deerhounds are one of Scotland’s most impressive dog breeds, but they are not popular. They need plenty of space to move around and keeping such a huge dog is not cheap.
There are two varieties of collies – the rough collie and the smooth collie. The Rough Collie is known as “Lassie”, but both varieties share their characters and intelligence. They are one of the best herding dogs in the world. Their intelligence allowed them to work with a shepherd and independently, making them highly desirable. In addition, the long-haired collie’s amazingly soft coat makes them great participants in exhibitions.
Modern collies are mostly family pets, as the role of dogs has changed significantly over the last 50 years. Despite the loss of working dog jobs, the collie has successfully transitioned and adapted exceptionally well to his new role as an intelligent and active family pet. They are great with children and have plenty of energy to keep up with a toddler’s pace of play.