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West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier

“It’s likely that the West Highland White and several of the other terriers of Scotland came from the same root stock. Though many terriers were earth-coloured, there were some breeders who preferred white dogs, because of their visibility when working among rocks and so they wouldn’t be mistaken for quarry, like the fox. Credit for developing the modern Westie goes to Col. E.D. Malcolm of Poltalloch, whose family had been breeding the little white dogs for two generations before him. He introduced the breed as the Poltalloch Terrier at a dog show in 1900. In 1905, a specialty club was formed and a standard was adopted. Two years later, the breed was renamed as the West Highland White Terrier and given official breed status by The Kennel Club (England).


All terrier, Westies love to romp and play and are endowed with a huge helping of Scottish spunk and determination. The breed is light-hearted, understanding and devoted.

Activity Level

Outdoors, the Westie is speedy, alert and tough as nails. Agile and quick in movement, he possesses tremendous stamina. He makes a fine watchdog and family pet for town or country. His exercise needs are minimal but be forewarned he likes to dig. It’s part of the terrier heritage.


The small and compact Westie measures up to 11 in (28 cm) at the withers.


The outer coat consists of straight, hard hair about 2 in (5 cm) long with shorter coat on the neck and shoulders. There’s a soft undercoat.


As it says in the breed’s name, the colour is white. In sharp contrast are the black eye rims, nose, lips and toenails.


Considerable hand work is needed to maintain the coat in condition and achieve the correct body outline. Regular attention with a brush and comb is also needed.”
(Source-Canadian Kennel Club)