As soon as I heard that this Scottish terrier died, I knew it would be of some form of cancer. Scottish terriers have a lot of problems with cancer.
Scottish terriers don’t live very long on average. A 2005 survey of breed longevity by Great Scots Magazine found that Scottish terriers live only 10.15 years on average.
Barney was lucky to make it to 12.
A terrier should be living well into its teens, and I know of a least one Jack Russell from very diverse stock that is pushing past the 15 year mark.
Scottish terriers used to be among the healthiest dogs one could have, but like so many other breeds, the dog fancy’s distortions to its gene pool have not been good for it.