Purebred Scottish Terrier’s Head

Purebred Scottish Terrier's Head

The Scottish Terrier in Word & Picture – Purebred Scottish Terrier’s Head


By Kathi Brown & Darle Heck

Purebred Scottish Terrier's Head
Purebred Scottish Terrier’s Head


About the author – Kathi Brown

Kathi Brown

Kathi Brown is a breeder, exhibitor, and AKC judge of three-plus Groups. She serves as Judges’ Education Coordinator for the Scottish Terrier Club of America. She has served as a member of the Standard Review Committee as well as the committee that produced the Illustrated Guide to the Scottish Terrier. Kathi has written numerous articles on the Scottish Terrier. She has judged many Specialties and Terrier Group shows, including the Scottish Terrier National Specialty in Canada and in the US. Her limited “Blueberry Hill” breeding program has yielded top-quality Scottish Terriers for forty-five years. Her dogs include many Best in Show and National Specialty winners as well as three years as Number One in the breed. She is Past President of Ladies’ Dog Club, the Scottish Terrier Club of America, New England Terrier Club, and the Scottish Terrier Club of New England. Professionally,Kathi is an education consultant working with states, districts, and colleges, providing professional development on learner- and outcome-based instruction in science and mathematics.

About the author – Darle Heck

Darle Heck

Darle started showing and grooming her parents’ Scotties as a child, winning her first Group at age 12. She has shown and bred Scotties since then. She worked for a professional handler during her teens, and at that time, she fell in love with Bouviers and brought three into Canada. These were some of the earliest Bouviers brought into Canada and many top-winners have come down from these lines. Since 1995, she has also been breeding and showing Wire Fox Terriers, all under the Beinnein prefix.Beinnein Kennels has consistently produced dogs that have been Specialty winners as well as dogs that have been nationally ranked at the top of their Breed and Group in Canada and around the world.

Darle has been judging since 2000 and has had the honor of judging in Canada, the US, Australia, Chile, China, Columbia, Ecuador, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Slovenia, Uruquay, and New Zealand. She has judged several National Specialties, including the US National at Montgomery for Scottish Terriers.

Darle is also well-known for her canine artwork. She has done illustrated guides for several breed clubs and limited edition prints in a number of breeds.

Darle is currently on the Breed Standards Committee for the Scottish Terrier Club of America and is a Past President of the Canadian Scottish Terrier Club. She is licensed as an all-breed judge by the Canadian Kennel Club.

  • We first met one another when appointed to the Scottish Terrier Club of America’s committee charged to develop the Illustrated Guide to the Scottish Terrier. True to the temperament of our breed, the five breeder-judges appointed engaged not only in discussions but occasional and intense debate relative to all aspects of the breed. (We guess that those from other Groups might actually refer to this as sparring.) Prior to appointment to the committee, Kathi and Darle had no actual personal contact, as might be expected from a New England breeder outside of Boston and one from the far west Canadian province of Alberta. Repeatedly, we found that we shared many opinions on the Scottish Terrier; structure, functionality, and history. Since that time, we’ve continued to “talk dogs” by phone, email, and in person. Watching each other judge the breed is a pleasure. While we may not always agree, we understand the reasons for the other’s decisions. Our friendship has both deepened our understanding of the breed and changed some previous conceptions. Over the years, we rarely write anything on the breed without sharing it with one another. We have since collaborated on many articles on the Scottish Terrier.

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