Looking for a Scottish Terrier puppy?
Are you looking for a Scottish Terrier puppy for your home? If so the Scottish Terrier Club of Victoria is a great place to start.
You can contact our registered breeders directly to enquire about available puppies or express interest in any forthcoming litters.
Breeders will always look for only the very best homes in which to place their puppies or at times, older dogs looking to be re-homed. As you will appreciate there is a screening process to go through and the breeder will want to know a lot about the family and the home that their Scottie will potentially be placed in.
Note: There are dog sales websites that list breeders from around Australia. There are breeders on these sites that the Victorian Scottish Terrier Club has no knowledge of or association with, so please do your homework. There are also many puppy farmers around Victoria and Australia, and purchasing from a puppy farm only encourages these dangerous practices.
We also ask you to carefully consider the following before purchase of your puppy, no matter where it comes from.
Prices vary according to individual breeders, but you can expect to pay around $3,000 per pup.
What to expect
- A pedigree Scottish Terrier with pedigree papers
- Von Willebrand status and proof with test results
- All relevant vaccinations for age
- Information on caring for your puppy with diet and health information
Can you see the parents
Mostly you should always be able to view the mother and litter siblings. Father can be more difficult as it is rare for them to be from the same home. If purchasing from interstate, ask for a reference, i.e. someone who has purchased a puppy from them. There are ‘puppy farmers’ operating in Victoria that pretend to be legitimate by saying that they belong to breed clubs etc. They must belong to Dogs Victoria, or the equivalent organisation in their state. These are the regulatory bodies with rules which all legitimate and credible breeders must adhere to.
Do you get papers with your puppy
All pedigree puppies should come with pedigree papers. Whether getting a ‘pet’ or ‘show’ dog, if you are not offered pedigree papers, then do not get the pup….getting papers means the pup was bred following Dogs Victoria regulations.
Go to the vet
Have a vet check your pup within a week of purchase…if there are any problems, go back to the breeder.
Von Willebrand Disease (VWD)
This is a genetic bleeding disorder that Scotties can be effected by. They can also carry the disease in their genes and not be affected by it. Being a carrier is not an issue for a pet dog, however a breeder should not sell you either an affected dog or a carrier without your knowledge. The breeder should provide you with either a certificate that the pup has been tested, or the parents’ certificates to show both parents were either not affected or carriers. (More information on Von Willebrand Disease)
If a breeder is selling many breeds of dog, ask them why. It is our experience that these types of places may be illegal Puppy Farms / Mills. If you aren’t happy with their answer, try another breeder.
Puppies are always cute
Even that one you saw on the weekend at the pet shop! Please read some of the information on the “Where do puppies come from” website before purchasing a puppy from a pet shop. Please try to consider that these puppies can come from anywhere. By purchasing a puppy that might have come from a puppy farm you are certainly encouraging these disreputable breeders. This issue isn’t so much about the puppy you buy, it’s the dreadful conditions the parents live in.
Breeders Code of Ethics
Breeders registered with Dogs Victoria are required to sign a Code of Ethics. This code of ethics covers treatment of dogs in everyday situations, breeding and sale of puppies. (a copy of the Dogs Victoria – Code of Ethics for responsible dog ownership)
Please note, if you see any Scottish Terrier puppies at a pet shop or retail outlet, note that Dogs Victoria’s code of ethics states that breeders “shall not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers or retail pet dealers, or directly or indirectly allow a dog to be given as a prize or donation in a contest of any kind.” (Section 188.8.131.52 of the Code of Ethics and undertaking).
So you know this puppy is certainly not from a reputable breeder.