Scottish Terrier Breeder Resources

The following practices are common to many reputable breeders. Though this list, compiled by The Scottish Terrier Club of America, is not all inclusive, these ideals are ones which you may wish to consider adopting as your own. These guidelines can also be used by someone looking to purchase a puppy.

  1. Familiarize oneself with the American Kennel Club’s official Standard for the Scottish Terrier, striving to breed only dogs and bitches; that are of characteristic type, sound structure and temperament, and free of genetically transmitted defects detrimental to the animal’s well-being, such as blindness, deafness, lameness, or impairment of the vital functions.
  2. Be familiar with the American Kennel Club rules concerning record keeping, registration identification, sale and transfer of dogs and abide by these rules.
  3. Approve of testing for genetically transmitted conditions common to the Scottish Terrier.
  4. Breed no bitch before its third season, or in no event before 18 months of age. Bitches should not be bred every season. Many good breeders skip at least one season between breedings.
  5. Limit the number of litters one breeds, and not breed primary for the pet market. Undertake the breeding of a bitch only if prepared to keep the resultant puppies until each is suitably placed; and only if one has the time and facilities to provide adequate attention to physical and emotional development.
  6. Sell pets with spay/neuter or other non-breeding agreements, and expect the same of any owner allowed to breed to one’s stud dog. Except in the sale of show bitches, one should resist the temptation to sell bitches with puppy back positions, thus leaving novice owners to deal with finding homes for puppies. Many have found the best way to ensure spaying/neutering is to sell or place puppies with the written agreement of the new owner that AKC papers will be withheld until proof of spay/neuter is provided. Some breeders also offer to refund a set amount of the purchase price (sometime $50) when the dog has been spayed/neutered.
  7. Maintain all puppies and adults in a clean and healthy condition. Dogs should be sold with the appropriate inoculations and wormings appropriate for their ages.
  8. Avoid false advertising or other misrepresentation of dogs one sells. Also, avoid maligning competitors by making false or misleading statements regarding their dogs, breeding practices or persons.
  9. Use bills of sale to list any provisions to which the breeder and new owner have agreed, including any guarantees provided, plus terms, conditions or limitations of the sale. Complete medical records and instructions for care and feeding should be given to new owners, along with the assurance of continued guidance.
  10. Help those who are looking for puppies/adults to find reputable breeders. Avoid recommending casual breeders as sources of pets
  11. Take ongoing responsibility for the welfare of dogs one breeds. This includes educating buyers about responsible dog ownership. Ideally, breeders should either take back dogs they breed or help the owners place the dogs in suitable new homes if the owner does not want to, or cannot keep, the dog at any time during its life. We must not expect our communities to deal with dogs of our breeding that may become “disposable” dogs; and we must not allow dogs that we sell as pets to become the producers of “disposable” dogs.
  12. Attempt to help with Scottish Terrier rescue. Even if you cannot take a rescue dog into your own home temporarily, you can volunteer at local animal shelters and refer persons looking for pets to national or regional breed club rescue programs as well as to local animal shelters.
  13. Give back some of what the “Sport of Dogs” has given you by helping beginners.
[See also STCA Code of Ethics]

Welcome to the STCA Pedigree database

The goal of this database is to be the largest, most inclusive collection of Scottish Terrier pedigrees for the entire world.

The database is not limited to only STCA members. Anyone can use the database. Anyone can contribute.

This database is your database. You will contribute to it. You will monitor it. You make it better. It is through the contributions of all the Scottish Terrier owners and breeders that will make the database what it should be.

For the immediate future, the database will be changing very rapidly. To allow you to keep up with the changes, it will be published monthly, most likely mid month. Every attempt will be made to keep up with the monthly and quarterly AKC titles and stud book data.

It is also important to note that this database is being constructed as we speak – information is being added regularly – for instance, many titles are not yet there.


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Database Status

Currently, there are about 222,000 dogs in the database. The database is updated about Monthly.

Date # of Dogs
19 Sept 2023 222,000
12 August 2019 143,000
10 May 2019 142,435
15 March 2019 142,200
31 January 2019 141,110
1 October 2018 138,100
12 September 2018 137,000
30 August 2018 136,200
5 June 2018 130,091
1 May 2018 126,146
25 April 2018 125,000
22 Mar 2018 120,646
17 Feb 2018 115,027
31 Jan 2018 113,000
9 Jan 2018 110,003
18 Jan 2017 67,284
28 Feb 2016 23,550

The Registry of Merit Program recognizes those Scottish Terriers that have had an impact on the breed in America. By recognizing the contributions of notable sires and dams, the Registry of Merit Program will be a resource of information for breeders in their quest to produce the exceptional dog envisioned in our breed standard. It will also show all interested persons the top producers that have influenced American dogs.


ROM Title Description Dogs Producing Bitches Producing
ROM Register of Merit 10+ Champions 5+ Champions
ROMX Register of Merit Excellent 15+ Champions 7+ Champions
ROMS Register of Merit Supreme 25+ Champions 10+ Champions
HOF Hall of Fame Combination of 3 All-Breed BIS and/or Specialty BOB Combination of 3 All-Breed BIS and/or Specialty BOB

Points are accredited to dogs and bitches for AKC titles earned by their get. The qualifications differ for sires and dams, as a sire will probably have more progeny in his life time than a dam. Dogs and bitches meeting the requirements outlined below are recognized by the Scottish Terrier Club of America (STCA) as achieving “Register of Merit” designation and are entitled to append the suffix “ROM” title after their name such as in Pedigrees.

STCA members whose Scotties have earned a Registry of Merit designation may request certificates of recognition from the ROM Chair. There is no charge, but publication of a Registry of Merit designation is not automatic — owners must apply and provide the necessary supporting document to obtain the applicable designation.

View STCA Registry of Merit PDF

First, use the database.

Look at your dogs. Look at your friends’ dogs. Look at the national champions or the Westminster winner. See what famous dog are in their background. See where they came from.

Use it as the breeding tool it should be. Do trial matings. Examine what happened to sire and dam previous litters, how did their sibling fare, are there any traits flowing through these dogs.

Although it is not there today, look at the pictures, look at the health and conformation history.

Contact the breeders to get their opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of their dogs. They might be able to evaluate if your dog is a good mate ( or not) for a particular dog from their program.

Second, contribute your pedigrees.

Whether you have one Scottie or hundreds, we want your pedigrees.

Confirm that all your dogs are in the database. Obviously, check to see how far back your dog lineage goes.

Confirm that they are correctly identified with the correct titles, etc. Report your international titles. The STCA pedigree database is not limited to AKC registrations or American dogs.

If you do not have all the information about your dog (see below), send in what information you have. If you can spend a little time to gather a more complete list that would be great.

If your dogs or its ancestors are missing, send in that pedigree. If you have 8 generations, send it in. If you only have 3 generations, send it in. If you only have the names of the dogs, send it in.

If you are contacted for data on your dog(s), make every effort to send in the information.

Look for the pedigrees that are sitting around your house. Look through old magazines and catalogs. See what pedigrees you may have that you forgot you had. If you find one that is not in the system, send it in. If you find really old pedigrees that are not entered, send them in. Ideally if will be copy or scan of an official registry document like the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. But do not feel limited by that constraint. Hand written or typed pedigrees are just as good.

If you are a breeder, send in all the litter mates for a particular breeding, not just the ones that you kept.
As soon as you complete the paperwork for registering a litter, send in that information.

If your dog gets a new title, send in that information. Most of the AKC titles will be done automatically.

If you are sending data to another database, make another copy and send it to the STCA also.

If you have stud books or other breeding records, contact the Pedigree group on lending them. Don’t send them in right away as the may have already been entered.

If you have old catalogues especially from Montgomery, Crufts, etc, contact the Pedigree group on lending that information. Don’t send them in right away as the may have already been entered.

The Pedigree committee is looking for the following information for each dog:

  • Registered name
  • Registration number and registration organization eg AKC, CKC, English Kennel Club. Dogs registered in multiple systems should include all their number
  • Call name
  • Titles – from AKC and other national organizations
  • Breeders
  • Gender
  • Color
  • Birth date
  • Date of Death
  • Sire
  • Dam

The committee will be posting how you should send in that pedigree. There will be a series of mechanisms for making pedigree contributions.

The Pedigree Committee will work the data as quickly as possible.

Third, contribute your time.

All this data eventually has to get into the physical database that stores this data. Someone has to do this data entry. You can be that someone. If you are willing to commit your time, the Pedigree Committee wants you to help. Contact the STCA Pedigree Committee Chair if you are interested.

You will be trained, provided with the tools to do the work and of course, given the dogs, etc to enter into the database.