The West Highland Terrier (Westie) is a small well-balanced hardy looking terrier, exhibiting good showmanship. They are elegant looking with a beatiful, shiny white coat and bright, button eyes, shaggy eyebrows and a black nose. An intelligent dog who learns quickly West Highland Terriers love human companionship and will play with their family indoors or out. Their size makes them great for an apartment but they are just as at home in the country. West Highland Terriers make great companions for children of all ages. They are one of the most popular breed of dogs today.
Height: 10 - 12 inches
Weight: 15 - 22 Ibs.
Coat: Double coat, harsh straight, wirly outer coat and soft, close, furry undercoat.
Temperament: West Highland White Terriers are active, assertive, fun-loving, well-behaved, light-hearted
with children: Yes, make excellent playmates for children becasue they can withstand rough play.
with pets: Yes, but teach them when they are young to tolerate cats.
Care & Training: The West Highland White Terrier is easy to train and should have basic training. They needs regular brushing two to three times a week to help keep their white coat clean. Monthly bathing. Minimal trimming if they are just a pet. If you plan to show them, they will also need trimming, plucking and stripping of the coat.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Problem Solving - Very High
Activity: Indoor & Outdoor - Very High
Living Environment: At home in the country or the city the West Highland White Terrier will do well as am apartment dweller if they are walkedseveral times a day though they will always enjoy having the freedom to play in a yard. West Highland Terriers do best with human or canine companionship.
Life Span: 15 + years
Country of Orgin: Scotland
History: They were developed in the high mountains of west Scotland and claims ancestry to the Scotch Terrier. West Highland White Terriers were originally bred to hunt vermin. Sir Edwin Landseer painting of 1831 "The breakfast Party" features several Highland Terriers. In the later 1800s there was a strain of white Scottish Terriers who were owned by Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch and were known as Poltralloch Terriers of today. They were at one time cross bred with Carin, Scottish and Dandie Dinmont Terriers. In 1917 the AKC ruled that Carin Terriers could be registered if they carried West Highland White Terrier blood.