Scottish Terriers do come in a variety of coat colors. The approved AKC standard allows for most colors, except white. The purpose of this page is to provide several examples of the variation in coat color that are recognized within the standard.
Coat color is an area that comes down to strictly personal preference. Coat texture, length of coat, and the visual impact of different coat colors are factors that are beyond the scope of this explanation.
|The Black Scottie -- There may be an occasional hair strand that is not black. Single white hairs against an otherwise pure black coat is a clear indication that the dog is naturally black.|
|A very dark brindle (almost black) Scottie -- Notice the brown on the side, forechest and beard as well as the silver around the neck.|
|The Brindle Scottie -- Notice the clear indication of color variation. Color changes are noticeable on each hair strand, not just from one strand to another.|
|Another Brindle Scottie -- Again notice the color variation across the entire coat. This Scottie has more red shades in the color variations.|
|And yet another Brindle Scottie -- This Scottie has more silver showing in the coat color.|
|A Wheaten Scottie -- The Wheaten Scottie is NOT a white Scottie, nor is it a Wheaten Terrier. The Wheaten coat is distinctively different from the Brindle in color, but it exhibits the same characteristic of color variation along each individual hair strand.|
Here is a trick question.
Two of the Scotties pictured on this page are the same dog! Can you tell which two?
Because the color variation is on each individual hair strand, the brindle Scottie will tend to change appearance as the show coat is groomed.
The second (brown brindle) and the last (silver brindle) pictures are the same dog