Scottie Dogs: The Doggone Cutest Collectibles

scottydog1I know there are a lot of collectors of dog items, but none more prolific than those that love scottie dogs! We have a lot of requests for them in our antique booth (written on a wish list at the front of the mall) and also at flea markets. I love dogs. We have a West Highland White Terrier (westie) which is similar to a scottie, but white. There are some similarities, not only in appearance but personalities. Both breeds have an “aloof quality”, are considered to be a bit stubborn, are affectionate, and they seem to have a sense of humor.

I wondered when the scottie became that popular and recalled a President of the United States years ago that had one as his favorite breed. It is said he rarely left home without it, traveling all over the country. I learned it was FDR, Franklin D. Roosevelt, our 32nd President. The dog’s name was Fala. I understand that Eleanor Roosevelt had a scottie scottydog2named Meggie that she brought to the White House as well, and more recently President George W. Bush had two of them; one named Barney and the other Miss Beasley.

Other “famous” scotties including the little metal game piece in the board game of Monopoly, Jock, the faithful friend of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, and several educational institutions even have the black doggie as the mascot (Carniegie Mellon University and Agnes Scott College.)

Scottie Dog BankThere are a few scottie items around our house. One is a cast iron bank which is actually my husband’s, given to him by his mom as a young lad. If the intention was to save for a rainy day or large amounts for his old age, it has failed him miserably. But in fairness to him, even if he had attempted to put away every penny from his paper route (at age 12), it would have been too small to accumulate much of a fortune. It is still a charmer and rests on shelves in our TV room.

Scotty Dog Book EndsI have a few figurines as well, and some bookends that do their best to hold up books. Cute as can be, but without much weight.

I recently sold a marvelous plaster plaque of a scottie and a westie, famous for advertising for Black and White Whiskey. It was purchased by a buyer from the United Kingdom. I understood that purchase very well. When we Scotty & Westywere in England a few years back, we noticed how many people had one of these two terriers; a few had one of each. They were walking everywhere and often were brought right into the restaurants, something that is not acceptable in the US. We found it to be delightful that some of the dining places actually had a basket of dog biscuits at the front counter, welcoming the pooches!

I have seen numerous examples of these dogs; you can find statues, jewelry, doorstops, pictures with a corresponding verse, desk top items such as pen holders and paper clip dishes, men’s tie holders…you name it, they are out there. I wish you happy hunting in adding to your collection!



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Val Ubell Hi, thanks for reading my blog and for your comment. I have actually had these before. They are 'vintage', but not antique. If memory serves, I sold them on an Internet auction and I believe they went for $25. FYI, the 'white scotty' may have been a Westie, they have similar traits. I sold them about 3 years back, have not seen any since. Perhaps our readers will have more current info. Val February 22nd, 2010 at 8:13 PM

donna read your info, was wondering if you could help me with some info regarding a cast iron scottie dog door stop that is black and white. I have found several on the net but none that have been colored with a white face and collar and a white tip on the tail. Supposedly it was manufactured by littco. Any info you have would be appreciated. thanks June 17th, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Val Ubell Hi, thanks for reading my blogs and hope you continue to enjoy CQ! Boy, that one stumped me - I ran it past a friend who also knows a lot about scottie collectibles, they had not seen one of these. Could it be that someone 'got creative' with the painting? Just a thought. I'll keep watching at flea markets and antique sales - good luck. Maybe one of our readers can help, Val June 23rd, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Val Ubell Hello, I appreciate your reading my blogs - hope you continue to come to the CQ site. Val August 10th, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Joe Hi Val, I am hoping you can tell me anything about the cast iron Scotty Bank. My mother gave me hers about 30 years ago and I can't find it!!! I am thankful, at least, for the picture, but if you know anything about it I would really appreciate it. August 12th, 2010 at 10:34 PM

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