Meet Duff the Diehard

diehard scottie puppy playing with stuffed toy


Diehard is the affectionate nickname for Scottish Terriers (also known as the Aberdeen Terrier).

Where did it come from? In the 1600s, George Douglas, the First Earl of Dumbarton, called his pack of Scottish Terriers “Diehards” for to their bravery and toughness. Evidently, they also inspired the name of his regiment – The Royal Scots – “Dumbarton’s Diehards.”

Scotties are known as a big dog in a little dog’s body. They are bold, feisty, independent, self-assured, playful, and fiercely loyal to their family. They also have quite a stubborn streak.

We have noticed that the Scottie genes are definitely present in wee Duff.

diehard scottie determined puppy climbing stairs

Duff has launched himself off anything he can climb on, determinedly tried to get up the stairwell, knocked his head, bashed his little body – nary a blink.

He attacks anything new with such intensity – see him with his first play with a rolling treat ball:

But, true to a Scottie’s personality, he is surprisingly sensitive. Scotties are astute observers of human facial expressions and tone of voice. Even as a tiny puppy, Duff knows when we are happy, upset, stressed, or angry with him (which is why you only need to express your disapproval in a soft voice).

Should a Scottie dare catch you making fun of them…even something as simple as a mocking glance in Duff’s direction will put you on his “ignore” list for a while.

Duff knows when you’re taking photos or videos of him, no matter how quiet or discreet you try to be. He will shoot a look of severe reprimand if he sees you’re doing this at his expense for a laugh.

puppy looking at the camera

Simple Joys

You can’t rush a puppy. Puppies truly help teach patience, reminding us to slow down, laugh, and take time out to enjoy simple, special moments.

Duff is hilarious, frustrating, and adorably cute. We love our feisty, loyal little Diehard.

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Should you get a dog?

Before Duff came home, there was a twenty-year gap between the painful loss of our family dog.

We thought hard about getting another dog. It’s a serious commitment, and we wanted to be sure.

Here are some tips and free downloads to help make a decision (great for family discussions) and suggestions on choosing a breed that fits your family.