When it comes to Scotties, the advertising industry quickly saw the alluring power of this adorable breed, often depicting a black and white duo on tea towels, whiskey bottles, shortbread boxes, and salt-and-pepper shakers. The white dog on the Black and White blended whiskey bottle is actually a West Highland Terrier, but the myth endured. All-white coats are non-existent in Scotties (though a closely clipped wheaten may appear white). To complicate matters, a third coat color exists, brindle, a sort of grizzled black/brown, sometimes laced with silver hairs; but today, I’m taking a closer look at Scotties with light coats.
An irresistible16 week old wheaten Scottish Terrier.
The term “Wheaten” describes a Scottish Terrier’s coat color. Fanciers will quickly point out that a wheaten Scottie is not a separate breed and should not be confused with Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers. The Scottie wheaten coat reminds me of creamy vanilla bean ice cream, though some experts say the coat has a faint lemon tinge, but in truth, the color can range from white to light tan, sometimes shot through with cinnamon. I’d wondered if wheatens and blacks possessed different personalities, but no matter the color, the breed standard holds true. A Scottie is a Scottie, no matter the coat color.
Rose, an 18-month old wheaten.
Rose has quite a fan club. When I met her at an AKC show, her personality reminded me so much of my Yorkie, Mister, barking softly to herself as if sizing up the other dogs. The minute she steps into the ring, she’s in her element, charming the judges.
In less than two weeks, we’ll bring home our licorice-black puppy.
Counting the days!
7 week old Scottie puppy in the “frog legs” position.